PhD position: Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence

The position is fully funded with the German salary level TV-L 13 (100%) and should be filled at the soonest possible date. We offer the possibility of funding the entire duration of the PhD.


The "Intelligent System Security" research group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) works on the application of machine learning for computer security. In particular, we develop methods in the area of application security and system security, for instance, approaches for attack detection or vulnerability discovery in software and embedded devices. Also, the robustness, security, and interpretability of machine learning methods are central to our research.

Your Profile

We are looking for talented candidates that fulfill the following criteria and intend to pursue a PhD in computer science:

  • Diploma or Master's degree in computer science or any related field
  • Very good knowledge of computer security and/or machine learning
  • Enthusiasm for conducting research on computer security

Field of Work

Possible research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The analysis of attacks and malware using machine learning
  • Assisted discovery of vulnerabilities
  • Fuzz Testing (Fuzzing) using machine learning
  • Attacks against learning-based systems
  • Explainability of machine learning in computer security


Please send your application including a cover letter, your CV, and certificates/references to Make sure to point out why you are a good fit for us and research in computer security.

We strive for a diverse research team and ask people from all nations to join us. Moreover, qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.