PhD Student

Last application date
Jan 31, 2020 09:29
TW06 - Department of Electronics and information systems
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or equivalent.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

We aim to hire 5 PhD students on national and international research projects in the domain of software security. Topics of interest on which we plan to work are system security, software protection against remote exploits and man-at-the-end attacks (reverse engineering and tampering), software protection modeling and evaluation methodologies (potency, stealth, resilience) and decision support, software diversity (including multi-variant execution), and integration of software protection in industrial development life cycles. For further information on the research projects, the topics and the positions, you can contact prof. Bjorn De Sutter and dr. Bart Coppens.

Our funding covers 4 years of PhD research, with a possible 5th year extension, at any possible starting date. Every academic year, you will be required to assist the teaching of (typically) one course, most likely a compiler or software protection course, which you will do in English.

Ghent is a great, open-minded place to live, and our lab, from which the HiPEAC network on compilers and computer architecture is coordinated, is a great place to work and to start a research career. We support our PhD students in attending summer schools and in participating in internships abroad. Belgium has excellent social security and health care, to which you will have full access as a PhD student. Furthermore, you will also become an employee of Ghent University with an income that allows independent living in Belgium and hence focus on the research.

Profile of the candidate

Experience in any of the following are highly relevant: software development and programmer tool boxes (e.g., debuggers, compilers, software analysis and rewriting tools and techniques), software protection, computer security, software hacking. Experience with Unix-like environments and software development in the context of large (open-source) software projects is highly valuable.

The applicant should be highly motivated by applied research involving conceptual evaluation as well as experimental evaluation by means of prototype implementations, able to work well in a diverse group, comfortable giving and receiving constructive criticism, and be strong in analytical, innovative, and critical thinking and in judgement making. Work attitudes including structured result-focused working, and open research discussion and communication. Being proficient in spoken and written English is an absolute requirement.

How to apply

The procedure to be accepted as a PhD student depends on your country of origin. Our administration will be able to guide you to and through the correct procedures. Once you are motivated to apply, you should contact Inge Lason by email ( and provide her a full CV, study transcripts, a motivation letter, copies of your publications (incl. Master thesis), and a list of references that we can contact.