Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021

SUMMARY: Cyber-Defense (CYD) is calling for application for its 2021 Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship.
OPEN TO: citizens of any nationality.
BENEFITS: the fellowship will provide a salary and research and conference funds.

Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021

Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship application is on. To promote research and education in cyber-defence, the EPFL and the Cyber-Defence (CYD) Campus have jointly launched the “CYD Fellowships – A Talent Program for Cyber-Defence Research.”

The CYD Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers at postdoctoral level who are willing to engage with cross-cutting issues in cyber-defence, with a particular emphasis on:

  • Novel technologies for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of cyber and cyber-physical systems;
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies;
  • Data science and artificial intelligence methods for analysing cyber- and technology-relevant data;
  • Research on vulnerabilities and backdoors in digital systems.

Who can apply for Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Citizens of any nationality may apply for the CYD Postdoctoral fellowships.
  • No age restrictions apply.
  • Applicants must have the endorsement of a professor employed at a Swiss higher education institution willing to supervise them when they submit their Stage 2 application (see Selection Process).
  • Applicants are only eligible to apply if they will conduct their postdoctoral research funded by a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in a different laboratory from the one of their doctoral and (if applicable) of their current postdoctoral research.

Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

Eligible costs include and are limited to:

  • Salary contribution (including social security benefits) based on the salary scale associated with the applicant’s position in the host institution. 
  • Research costs: a maximum amount of CHF 3,000 per year can be granted for research costs.
  • Conference costs: a maximum amount of CHF 6,000 per year can be granted for conference costs.

The selection process for Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

The selection process includes two stages.

  • In Stage 1 the submitted applications will be evaluated by a CYD Campus internal committee chaired by the Director of the CYD Campus, based on the following criteria: the fit of the candidate with the CYD Campus and the fit of the candidate’s pre-proposal with the aims of the program. Shortlisted applicants will be assigned a prospective CYD Campus mentor. This prospective mentor will interview the applicant to determine if he or she is willing to endorse the applicant for Stage 2. Only those applicants who their prospective CYD Campus mentor endorses will be able to proceed to Stage 2.
  • In Stage 2, short-listed applicants will be required to submit a full research proposal before the submission deadline of March 31, 2021 (17:00 CET). Final decisions will be made by a committee chaired by the Director of the CYD Campus and composed of 3-5 members representing the CYD Campus and Swiss higher education institutions. They will be announced by April 30, 2021.

Cyber-Defense (CYD) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Method

All required documents must be submitted on the online submission platform. All documents must be submitted in English. The submission deadline for Stage 1 is February 15, 2021 (17:00 CET).

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