ESSENTIAL Project - 15 fully-paid PhD Positions in Security Science

University of Malta - Department of Information Policy & Governance

The ESSENTIAL Project: though security is a field of study capable of diverse applications in daily life, security science is a young discipline requiring larger inter-disciplinary effort. ESSENTIAL seeks to develop security science by addressing two of its main problems: the ad-hoc approach to security research and the growing complexity of the security environment. To do so, ESSENTIAL has set itself two main goals: a) to train inter-disciplinary security experts and professionals to tackle security threats in a systematic manner and b) to increase societal resilience and security by addressing in an interdisciplinary manner 15 research topics, each associated with long-standing problems in the field of security science ranging from modelling security perception and democratizing intelligence to improving security and privacy in data ecosystems. ESSENTIAL will be the first programme of its kind that aims to jointly educate the next generation of interdisciplinary experts in security science, by uniquely exposing the 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to: (1) theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in such areas as: (a) the policing and regulation of information-security technology, and (b) the implementation of policies and legal standards within computing and communication systems; (2) real-world environments in law enforcement, intelligence and industry; (3) strong academic guidance offered by highly qualified supervisors and mentors; (4) high tech research infrastructures; and (5) a diversity of interdisciplinary research events, such as workshops, conferences, summer/winter schools. The ESSENTIAL consortium is built upon long-lasting cooperation relations among leading organizations coming from academia, international and national stakeholders and the private sector, many of whom have over 25 years of experience in contributing directly to national, European and UN technology-related policy making.



How to apply?
For more information on how to apply please visit the ESSENTIAL website  - http://www.essentialresearch.eu/

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 9th January 2017. Interviews are planned for the week starting 16th January 2017. 

1. ESR01 - Eco-systems enhancing privacy options
Host institution: University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.
Where to apply: http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S000585P 

2. ESR02 - Interoperability and reverse engineering of data policies
Host institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.
Where to apply: http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/131058/phd-early-stage-researcheresr-position-in-interoperability-and-reverse-engineering-of-data-policies 

3. ESR03 - Big Data Forensics: Large-scale crime analysis and prevention
Host institution: University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands.
Where to apply: http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S000586P 

4. ESR04 - The Impact of New Technological Advancements on Security Behaviors
Host Institution: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy.
Where to apply: http://animv.ro/call-for-applications-essential-phd-program-in-intelligence-and-national-security-and-security-science/ 

5. ESR05 - Reconciling performance, privacy and pecuniary benefit in off-site computing
Host Institution: University of Malta
Where to apply: http://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/vacancies 

6. ESR06 - Standards in Digital Evidence
Host institution: Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy.
Where to apply: http://www.urp.cnr.it/copertine/urp_evidenza/Evidenze_2016/ESSENTIAL_grant_research_call_ESR06_signed.pdf 

7. ESR07 - Tools and methods for measuring citizens’ perceptions of security and intelligence issues
Host Institution: University of Malta
Where to apply: http://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/vacancies 

8. ESR08 - Multi-media Content Including Image Analysis and Visual Identification of People in Crowded Spaces
Host Institution: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy
Where to apply: http://animv.ro/call-for-applications-essential-phd-program-in-intelligence-and-national-security-and-security-science/ 

9. ESR09 - Aggregation and linkage of evidential values
Host institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.
Where to apply: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/131064/phd-early-stage-researcheresr-position-in-aggregation-and-linkage-of-evidential-values 

10. ESR10 - ID Management
Host Institution: University of Malta
Where to apply: http://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/vacancies 

11. ESR11 - Rethinking national legislative frameworks for intelligence agencies
Host institution: University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.
Where to apply: http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S000587P 

12. ESR12 - Reliability and admissibility of forensic evidence
Host institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Where to apply: http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/131065/phd-early-stage-researcheresrposition-in-reliability-and-admissibility-of-forensic-evidence 

13. ESR13 - Cryptography, end-to-end trust assurance and legal interception
Host institution: Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia.
Where to apply: http://www.ecu.edu.au/scholarships/details/cryptography,-end-to-end-trust-assurance-and-legal-interception 

14. ESR14 - Cost-effectiveness in cyber-threat-related law-enforcement and intelligence operations.
Host institution: University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands.
Where to applyhttp://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S000588P 

15. ESR15 - Reconciling Open Source with Fundamental Rights of Citizens
Host Institution: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy
Where to apply: http://animv.ro/call-for-applications-essential-phd-program-in-intelligence-and-national-security-and-security-science/