A PhD position on the mapping of the Internet infrastructures and digital value chains at The Center for Resilient Networks and applications

SimulaMet
Application deadline: 
01 May 2019

A PhD position on the mapping of the Internet infrastructures and digital value chains at The Center for Resilient Networks and applications 

The Center for Resilient Networks and applications was established in 2014 as a response to modern society’s massive and increasing dependability on applications running on top of the Internet, as well as to recent events where outages have had serious societal consequences. Since its inception, the Center for Resilient Networks and Applications (CRNA) has worked closely with both public and private actors that are concerned with improving and developing the Norwegian telecommunication infrastructures. CRNA has contributed to important national debates about stability and performance of communication infrastructures. Furthermore, CRNA’s research results have been presented in many competitive international fora, which have led to a wide recognition within the relevant research communities. The Center receives base funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. The Ministry has given the Center specific responsibilities through a mandate that includes operating an infrastructure for monitoring the state of the Norwegian telecommunications infrastructure and publishing an annual report on that. 

We are looking for PhD candidate for complementing our team of researchers and engineers. The candidate will be part of a nationally funded project called GAIA that aims to investigate placement of Internet infrastructures, digital value chains and their impact on the cyber safety and digital vulnerability of various nations. The PhD project will focus on mapping Internet infrastructures onto the physical world, geographically dissecting digital value chains and geo-locating sources of malicious activity and large scale attacks. The position is a three-year position.   

About GAIA      

An online service today is no longer a single unit that is hosted at one particular location. In fact, such a service has become a collection of micro-services that are hosted at diverse geographic locations that may be under different jurisdictions. A closer look reveals that services which most nations rely on are not contained within the respective national borders. Examples include services such as Facebook, Google, Whatsapp, PayPal and various App Stores. Consequently, an increasing number of states are invoking the need for national autonomy to impose tighter controls on service placement and Internet connectivity. While these fears could be warranted, a premature push in this direction may undermine the very fabric of openness and trust that binds the Internet together. GAIA aims to cover an important knowledge in this respect, which is the lack of maps that describe the geographic distribution of online services, how Internet traffic travels between different countries and the interplay between geopolitics and Internet connectivity. It will achieve that through an interdisciplinary effort that combines technological and political aspects of the problem. To this end, the project consortium comprises a unique set of stakeholders, including computer scientists, social and political scientists, regulatory bodies and network operators. The envisioned results of GAIA will contribute to improve our understanding of the complex interplay between digital vulnerabilities and national autonomy, which will be of relevance to policy makers, technologists and end users.

Research Environment 

Simula Metropolitan is a new research unit that is jointly owned by Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), formerly Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA). It is the home of Simula’s research activities on networks and communications, machine learning and IT management, and it is OsloMet’s strategic partner in research, PhD and MSc. education in digital engineering. Simula Metropolitan is organized as a limited company and is part of the Simula lab. 

SimulaMet Offers

  • A highly dynamic and motivated team of international researchers and engineers.
  • A well-established collaboration with applied research teams and companies.
  • Access to an internally hosted HPC infrastructure of experimental nature, specifically targeting heterogeneous architectures that are expected to be vital for future exascale computing.
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment.
  • Professional courses and workshops in scientific and transferable skills.
  • Good office facilities located in the Oslo downtown.
  • Support with administrative matters, EU funding, accommodation, and visas
  • A competitive salary.

General requirements

  • Masters of science in computer science, electrical engineering or a similar subject area 
  • An average GPA of at least C in Bachelor and at least B for Masters
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken

Position requirements

  • Good understanding of basic IP networking.  
  • Familiarity with machine learning is a major advantage  
  • Fluency in R or Python 
  • Familiarity with C/C++ is a plus
  • Familiarity with Linux systems is a plus 

Application deadline: May 1, 2019.

The starting date is preferably no later than September 1, 2019. 

SimulaMet uses Semac’s background check in our recruitment process. 

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

For further information please contact Dr. Ahmed Elmokashfi (ahmed@simula.no, Tel: +4747452315)