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Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher(ESR)position in Reliability and admissibility of forensic evidence

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Gjøvik (NTNU, https://www.ntnu.edu/gjovik) invites applications for one 100% Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position in digital forensics. The position is based at the Norwegian Information Security Laboratory (NISlab, www.nislab.no) and is also affiliated with the Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS, www.ccis.no).
The Ph.D./Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, under a grant by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN)
The period of employment for the position is 3 years. All successful candidates must be able to secure a residence and work permit in Norway.

The position is described below. The position description is also available on the project website http://www.essentialresearch.eu/.

Objectives : The objective is to develop a conceptual framework for evaluating the reliability of digital evidence. The so-called Daubert standard shall be translated from the contemporary analysis of physical evidence in the offline world, to the emerging challenge of forensic investigations in the digital, online world. Special focus shall be given to reliability and admissibility of online forensic methods and tools.

Expected outcomes : Main result of the research will be the conceptual framework for evaluating the reliability of digital evidence and the methods used to derive them. Research contributes to a deeper understanding if possible implications of: (i) Applying computational methods for compression/ dimensionality reduction that inherit a possible loss of relevant information, (ii) Representing a phenomena with computational parameters that may falsely represent relevant knowledge or information, (iii) Reliability of methods applied to gather/analyse evidence.
Main supervisor: Assoc. Prof. dr. Stefan Axelsson (NTNU).
Co-supervisor: Dr. Oleksandr Pastukhov, University of Malta (UOM), Malta, Prof. dr. Katrin Franke, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Planned secondments :

Host 1 : University of Malta (UOM), Malta.
Host 2 : University of Groningen (RUG) – Faculty of Law – Security Technology & e-Privacy Research Group, Netherlands.
Host 3 : ERICSSON, Sweden.

Qualifications required for the announced position

Formal regulations

Eligibility criteria:
Eligibility for admission will be determined by considering the combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications and relevant professional experience according to the table below.

Candidates who have completed their Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction must present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24
  • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
  • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better. 
  • The test results must not be older than 24 months on the date of the application deadline.

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate assessed through the candidate’s academic merit and relevant professional experience.
  • Candidates with a proven track record in the fields of evidence law, digital forensics, or computer science/IT will be given preference.
  • It would be an advantage if the candidate has had work experience in the fields of digital forensics, criminal investigation, automated data processing, pattern matching,  data aggregation.
  • The candidate should also possess a sound working knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, experimental design, statistical methods and mastery of relevant statistical software.
  • Personal attributes:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate effectively across different stakeholder groups.
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a (virtual) team environment
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard

Please note there are strict eligibility requirements that apply to all Marie Sklodowska-Curie Researchers:

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).
  • At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have been awarded a doctorate degree and must be in the first 4 years of her/his research career.
  • The candidate may be of any nationality.
  • The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.
  • The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the Job Vacancy.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e.  move  from  one  country  to  another)  when  taking  up  their  appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion.  Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.
The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we would particularly like to encourage female candidates to apply. 
 
For further information on Marie Sklodowska-Curie schemes and eligibility please visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/funded-projects/how-to-manage/iapp/index_en.htm

Applicants  must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See http://www.ntnu.no/studieavd/dok/PhD_regulations.pdf for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

Benefits
This program offers a three-year full-time position as a researcher with a salary and allowances according to EU regulations for Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an ITN-ETN (Innovative Training Networks-European Training Networks). An ESR also undertake a comprehensive personalized development program with targeted training measures and will participate in a range of network events with the consortium partners.

Salary
The position follows code 1017, salary grade between 50 and 57 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 435 100 – 488 900 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. In addition to the salary, you will receive a mobility allowance, and if applicable a family allowance.

Living and working in Gjøvik
Information can be found via the following links:

  • Living in Gjøvik: http://www.ntnu.edu/lifeandhousing/gjovik
  • Living in the county of Oppland: http://www.gonorway.no/norway/counties/oppland/ 
  • Map of NTNU in Gjøvik: https://www.ntnu.edu/gjovik/how-to-get-here
  • About Campus Gjøvik: http://www.ntnu.edu/gjovik   

To apply

Applications will be processed through the university online application system (http://www.ntnu.edu/vacancies). Candidates must submit the following documents in electronic form:

Application components:

  • Motivation letter (500 words).
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publication and the names and contact information of 2 references.
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts.
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words).
  • English proficiency results if applicable.

Starting date: 1 April 2017

Application deadline: 7 December 2016
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 23rd December 2016. Interviews are planned for the week starting 16th January 2017.

Post-Doc TACTICS: Postdoctoral Research Position-Security of Service-Oriented Architectures over Disadvantaged Networks

Gjøvik University College (GUC) has approximately 3400 students and 380 employees. More than 35 countries are currently represented among our staff. It is our goal to contribute to a sustainable and secure society through education, research and dissemination at a high international level, on the basis of bachelor's and master`s degree programmes in health, care, technology, informatics, media, economy and management. The organization is characterized by an open and cross-disciplinary culture, based on high academic and ethical standards. GUC is located 2 hours from Oslo and 1,5 hours from Norway’s main international airport-Gardermoen. GUC is currently in a merger process with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU),Sør-Trøndelag
University College(HiST) and Ålesund University College(HiAls). According to the project plan the four institutions will form one university from January 1st 2016.
Postdoctoral Research Position-Security of Service-Oriented Architectures over Disadvantaged Networks
Gjøvik University College (GUC, www.hig.no) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (24 months) to work on the project TACTICS (Tactical Service-Oriented Architectures) under the European Defence Agency (EDA)’s IAP4 programme in collaboration with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI, www.ffi.no) at the Norwegian Information Security Laboratory (NISlab, www.nislab.no) to be based in Gjøvik, Norway. NISlab is co-located with the Center of Cyber and Information Security (CCIS, www.ccis.no). NISlab/CCIS is actively embedded in the global research community and has English as its working language. NISlab operates Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programmes dedicated solely to information security, and is also leading the national research school in information security, COINS. GUC is located about an hour from Norway’s main international airport. GUC is a modern, research-focused institution with around 3000 students and 320 employees of 25 different nationalities. Among Norwegian universities, GUC has the highest allocation of research funding for research from the EU per employee. As a part of a restructuring of the Norwegian university sector GUC is currently in a merger process with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, www.ntnu.no), Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST, www.hist.no) and Ålesund University College (HiAls, www.hials.no). According to the project plan the four institutions will form one university from January 1st 2016 (www.ntnu.no/fusjon).

Job description

The successful candidate will work closely with one current post-doctoral researcher and a Ph.D. candidate on the TACTICS project, with efforts on policy-adaptable lightweight security mechanism for service-oriented architectures. The post-doctoral researcher will work closely with the Ph.D. candidate and focus on policy-adaptable lightweight distributed algorithms and protocols mainly for securing transactional protocols, which can be re-configured and re-started efficiently for use in DTN environments.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • Background in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field
  • Strong abilities in modelling and analysis of algorithms and protocols
  • Experience in programming and software development suitable for concept and prototype development and simulations Ideally relevant background in mobile networks, network security, or service-oriented architectures
  • Excellent written and good oral English communication skills
  • Candidates should have NATO member state citizenship, and some additional restrictions may apply. Successful candidates must be able to secure a residency and work permit in Norway. The college is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we particularly would like to encourage female candidates to apply.

Starting date

Desired starting date for the position is immediate.

Salary

The post-doctoral fellowship carries a salary at spine point 62 in framework 24 of the Norwegian State Salary Code, approx. gross 528.000 NOK (approx. 62.000 EUR / GBP 45.000). The position provide for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Living and working in Gjøvik Information can be found via the following links:
Living in Gjøvik: http://english.hig.no/about/about_gjoevik
Living in the county of Oppland: http://www.oppland.no/Oppland-English/ Map of Gjøvik University College: http://english.hig.no/map
About Campus Gjøvik: http://english.hig.no/about/campus_gjoevik. To apply Applications will be processed through the college on-line application system. Candidates must submit the following documents in electronic form: A cover letter briefly detailing experience, skills, and motivation Academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications Relevant certificates, diplomas, and transcripts
Names of at least two references Applications must be marked with the project name (TacticS).
Application Deadline Applications are accepted on a rolling basis or until the position is filled.

Contact

For further questions please contact Professor Stephen Wolthusen (stephen.wolthusen@hig.no) or Head of NISlab Dr. Laura Georg (laura.georg@hig.no).