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PhD Positions in Hardware Security


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Tallinn - Estonia
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd July 2019
Expires: 22nd October 2019

The new Hardware Security lab at TalTech (, led by Prof. Samuel Pagliarini (, invites applications for several fully-funded PhD positions. The lab will conduct research in the area of Hardware Security focusing on trustworthy integrated circuit (IC) design, electronic design automation (EDA) for secure systems, Hardware Trojans, reverse engineering, circuit obfuscation, and other similar topics.


We are looking for motivated PhD students with a strong background in circuit design. Previous expertise on Hardware Security is not required but is desirable. The candidates are expected to have the following core skills:

  • Ability to describe digital circuitry (preferably in Verilog)
  • Ability to write C++/python scripts for building small EDA tools
  • Familiarity w/ Cadence tools for IC design (Genus, Innovus, Tempus, Virtuoso, etc.)
  • Strong writing skills (English) that are compatible with doctoral-level requirements, i.e., writing academic papers and articles.

Other skills are considered a plus:

  • Familiarity with EDA tools from other vendors (Calibre, ICC, DC, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience with tapeouts of digital ICs
  • In-depth understanding of hardware/software boundaries and security implications
  • In-depth understanding of crypto algorithms and their hardware implementations
  • Publication(s) in topics related to IC design and security
  • Previous research in fault-resilience, reliability, and/or verification

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and transcripts to Prof. Pagliarini by email ( using the subject ‘PhD in Hardware Security’. Candidates with adequate backgrounds will be invited to interview over Skype.

All positions have an immediate start date. The nominal duration of a PhD degree is 4 years at TalTech. Salaries are competitive for European PhD scholarships standards.

About TalTech and the Department of Computer Systems:

Founded in 1918, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is the flagship university of Engineering and Technology in Estonia. It is located in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and is currently the most international university in the country with around 1600 international degree students coming from over 90 different countries. TalTech offers 4 Bachelor’s and 15 Master’s programs taught in English. TalTech is ranked 601–650 in the QS World University Ranking.

Selected candidates will join the Department of Computer Systems (, located on the main TalTech campus. The Department also hosts strong research in the area of circuit reliability, fault tolerance, verification, and test. The department fosters a collaborative environment for research and encourages exploration of cross-disciplinary topics.

To find out more about life and work in Estonia, please visit: and

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