[PET] Call for Two Research Assistant Positions in the area of Security of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm, Germany

Alexandra Dmitrienko alexandra.dmitrienko at trust.cased.de
Tue Oct 24 15:45:58 BST 2017




Call for two Research Assistant Positions in the area of Security of
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Application deadline is Nov, 27 2017.





We are seeking (subject to the authorization of the respective external


Two Research Staff Members (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter)

to begin in January 2018


Area of Work: Security Architecture Framework for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(UAV) with Focus on Inspections


National joined project with a leading MRO provider, a leading technology
company and 3 academic partners



The Overview

The University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm (HNU) invites applications for 2
PhD student positions in Computer Science with particular focus on Security
of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The students will work on the large
interdisciplinary project “End-2-End Security for Drone-based Inspection of
Industrial Objects” that involves two industrial and three academic
partners. Students will be employed through HNU, while the PhD degree will
be given from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) of Würzburg. Students
will be mainly based at the HNU campus in Neu-Ulm, however will be required
to visit JMU campus in Würzburg (Chair of Software Engineering, System
Security and Privacy Group, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Dmitrienko) on a
regular basis for PhD supervision. 

The length of a PhD Program is typically 3-4 years. Positions provide
support for 3 years, with the start in January 2018. The salary is according
to TV-L E 13. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who strive to
earn a Doctoral Degree (PhD equivalent), and are willing to take the chance
to shape and start up a completely new Industry in Germany.


The Opportunity: Being Part of a large Research Program

A coming larger interdisciplinary Research Program (roughly 6.000 man-days,
3 years runtime) will investigate how automated and autonomous drones can be
used to improve inspection/ maintenance tasks in the Industry. 


This Research Program focuses on improving Inspection-tasks in the
Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Industry. The goal is to develop and
investigate an End-2-End system-architecture of an autonomous Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle for Inspections. The system inspects large objects and
detects and qualifies damages on the inspected object. 


The system will build on artificial intelligence/cognitive-systems that
plans and executes the flight, gathers data in the inspection process - all
autonomously. In a next step the gathered data will be further processed,
analyzed and insights created. The architecture of the system will be
relying on cloud based cognitive services.


The Job: Research on Security of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

As a key part of the large Research Program there are 2 open Positions at
HNU, each running a sub-project.


Sub-project: Prevention with security by design for Inspection specific UAV

Design & Implementation of a virtualized distributed cyber-physical
system-architecture with mobile components. Focus is on virtualization and
segregation of Aviation and Non-Aviation Software Components and the
decomposition of security related services into cloud- and non-cloud


Sub-project: Detection/ Response and Post-Analysis for Inspection specific

Design & Implementation of a Security Intelligence Architecture for
Inspection specific UAV. Development & Evaluation of Distributed Software
Architectures that allow for autonomous Intelligence as well as for
Integration of Cloud based Security Intelligence.



*         A Master-Degree (that qualifies for starting a Doctoral/PhD
Program) in Information Management, Computer Science, Software Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, IT-Security Engineering, Communication Engineering
or similar

*         Good Programming Skills

*         Knowledge in Distributed Systems/Internet of Things is a plus

*         Strong Interest in working in a large scale interdisciplinary
project with Project-Partners from Industry and Academia based in Hamburg,
Frankfurt, Munich and Neu-Ulm

*         Strong Interest in becoming a security expert

*         Strong Interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

*         Strong Interest in international scientific work and publications
of results.


The position is full-time on a fixed-term contract for three years.  The
salary is based on the German tariff scales (TV-L 13 – for details, please


The HNU welcomes applications from all suitably qualified members of the
community. Those applicants with a disability will be considered
preferentially in the case of equal aptitude. Part-time employment is
generally possible, as long as a job-sharing model can be applied to cover
for a full position.


If you are interested in this position, and have the skills and experience
we are looking for, please apply by email to
<mailto:personal at hs-neu-ulm.de> personal at hs-neu-ulm.de and include your CV,
transcripts and any reference letters you have (Reference number 2017.15).


Closing date for applications is 27.11.2017.


Please address questions to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bachmeir (
<mailto:christian.bachmeir at hs-neu-ulm.de> christian.bachmeir at hs-neu-ulm.de)
or Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Dmitrienko (
<mailto:alexandra.dmitrienko at uni-wuerzburg.de>
alexandra.dmitrienko at uni-wuerzburg.de).









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