PhD position in Systems Security

WorkplaceZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
PhD position in Systems Security

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Computer Security Group ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ) is a research group in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zürich.

We are interested in a variety of hot topics in the area of systems security with a special focus on hardware. The main aim of the group is improving the security of modern computer systems. To do that, we often build novel analysis techniques to uncover previously-unknown attack surfaces and when appropriate we design and implement new systems to protect against various classes of attacks. This means that the group does heavy technical work, from building low-level systems to analyzing hardware components. Examples of our research topics include microarchitectural security, DRAM security, operating system security and peripheral security to name a few.

Job description

As a new member of the group, you are supposed to contribute to research activities in the group and gradually build your own independent research profile according to your interests. Successful candidates are expected to work towards a doctoral degree, and participate in the teaching activities of the group. The research group aims to increase the number of women in scientific positions. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Your profile

We are looking for someone with a strong systems and/or security background and a Master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a related field. Ideally we are looking for a candidate with experience, knowledge and/or strong interest to learn:

  • Recent hardware-based attacks such as Spectre, Meltdown and Rowhammer and mitigations
  • Low-level systems building experience in the area of operating system kernels and/or compilers
  • FPGA programming and hardware design and simulation is a plus

On top of the above, a successful applicant must be able to think critically, have strong communication skills, be goal-oriented and enjoy collaboration.

We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: research statement, CV, names and email addresses of at least two people for reference letters, copies of degree certificates and the associated grades. Please include fresh new ideas that you might have or if you know how to improve one of our existing work in your research statement. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

More information about our research group and existing papers can be found on our website ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . For further information, please contact Prof. Kaveh Razavi, e-mail

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About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 174739.

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