Two Postdoc position on the ERC-funded project CAESAR: “integrating safety and cybersecurity through stochastic model checking”

Two Postdoc position on the ERC-funded project CAESAR: “integrating safety and cybersecurity through stochastic model checking”

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20 Dec 20 Feb Enschede

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Job description

The Formal Methods and Tools (FMT) research group has openings for two Postdocs. You will be working on the ERC-funded project CAESAR: integrating safety and cybersecurity through stochastic model checking. 

The main objective of CAESAR is to marry the historically separated fields of safety (no disruption due to unintended failures) and security (no malicious attacks). Despite their historic separation, safety and security are heavily intertwined. A simple example: locking your door at night, is great for security against burglars, but bad for safety in case of fire. 

The goal of the CAESAR project is to develop an effective framework for the joint analysis of safety and security risks. In this way, safety-security decision making will become more accountable, i.e., more systematic, transparent and quantitative. 

The core scientific objectives are concerned with integral safety-security modelling; analysis via stochastic model checking; and risk quantification under uncertainty via fuzzy logic, Bayesian reasoning and Dempster-Schafer theory. 

In total, we are hiring five members for the CAESAR team: two PhD students, two postdocs and one scientific programmer.


University of Twente (UT)


We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a degree in Computer Science, or Mathematics with a demonstrable interest in computer science. 

  • You have a PhD in Mathematics or Computer Science.
  • You have a thorough theoretical background, e.g. in formal methods.
  • You have experience with at least one of the fields of safety, security, stochastic model checking, uncertainty frameworks.Are you up for the challenge to improve the world of Computer Science with your research as well as teaching in one of the most top-rated departments in the Netherlands?


Please send your application before February 5, 2020 via the 'Apply now' button, including: 

  • a cover letter (explaining your specific interest and qualifications )
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications
  • references (contact information) of two scientific staff members
You are welcome to contact prof.dr. M.I.A. Stoelinga for any questions you might have:

The organization

The FMT group ( is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) at the University of Twente. The FMT group also participates in the research institute DSI.

Our central goal is to develop formal techniques and tools to support the development of complex systems, and increase the reliability of the high-tech systems that we all rely on, both as individuals and as society.

Conditions of employment

The university offers an excellent, inspiring, multidisciplinary and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure. The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda. Our research group was ranked 1st in the last national research assessment. 

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include:

  • Full status as an employee at the University of Twente, including pension and health care benefits.
  • A starting gross salary from € 3.255,00 gross per month, based on relevant work experience plus a holiday allowance (8%) and an end-of-year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3255—€0 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1083889


University of Twente (UT)

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