2 PhD positions in security for in-body sensor networks
Sort on published: 2018-02-23
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The Department of Information Technology is opening two PhD student positions for highly motivated individuals interested in conducting outstanding research in the area of security for in-body sensor networks.
Project description: More and more people all over the world are relying on implanted medical devices such as pacemakers for life-critical functions. New application areas for implanted medical devices such as drug delivery systems, intracranial pressure monitoring devices and artificial kidneys are emerging.
A further trend is to network these implanted devices which is necessary since more and more, in particular elderly, people have multiple diseases that can benefit from implanted devices.
Uppsala University has recently pioneered on new approach for in-body communication: we have shown that the human body’s adipose (fat) tissue can be used as a communication channel for RF-based communication.
While offering exciting opportunities for future health care, implanted devices need to be effectively secured in order to avoid horrible and life-threatening scenarios where attackers control implanted devices such as pacemakers or insuline pumps. The task of this project is to secure in-body networks of implanted devices, protect privacy of the patients and to secure communication between in-body networks and the outside world.
Requirements: The candidate should have a Master of Science in computer engineering, electrical engineering or equivalent, ideally with a strong background in security, low-level software and wireless communication. Experience with developing sensor node hardware is a plus.
The position is for at most five years, and includes department duties (mainly teaching) at a level of at most 20%, as well as course participation. Good English communication skills, both spoken and written, are required.
Application: The application should include a description of yourself, your research interests, reasons for applying for this particular PhD position and past experience (max.3 pages), a CV, copies of relevant university degrees and transcripts, relevant publications, a copy of your MSc thesis (or a summary in case the thesis is ongoing) and other relevant documents. Candidates are encouraged to provide up to three
letters of recommendation and contact information to reference persons. We would also like to know your earliest possible date for starting.
Please note that applications can only be accepted via the web interface link below (and not via email).
Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/search/?hits=30&languageId=1&search-language_en=English
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
The department is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: As agreed upon.
Type of position: Full time position.
Please submit your application by 26 March 2018, UFV-PA 2018/745.
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Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/745
Last application date: 2018-03-26
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