Positions

I am looking for multiple Ph.D. students to work in my group on the following topics:

  • Security testing for web vulnerability detection and analysis
  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence for security testing

Positions are fully-funded.

Important Dates

Positions are expected to be filled latest end-summer 2021, but other dates are possible too.

Please, submit your application by March 30, 2021. After that, I’ll review submitted applications, and around April 10, I will send emails to invite applicants to get to know my team and me.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through the CISPA application systems and contain:

  1. A cover letter. As the CISPA application system is centralized, your cover letter must specify that
    • you are applying for a position in the group of Dr. Pellegrino
    • and the topic of interest, i.e., Security testing or ML/AI for security testing
  2. A CV
  3. A recent transcript of records
  4. Certificates
  5. Names, titles, and email addresses of your referees

Please note: It is recommended to submit PDF files only. Microsoft Office documents will be ignored.

Moar Instructions

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Challenge 3

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