KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

The position is supported by TrustFull, trustfull.proj.kth.se, a new project on fullstack security funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research SSF. TrustFull combines novel uses of software diversity and automated software repair with formal techniques at low level to develop new techniques for end-to-end security across the entire application stack from hardware to user level applications.

Within TrustFull we implement, model, and formally verify secure system components and build models and verification tools, mainly using semiautomated theorem proving in Higher Order Logic, HOL. The research group led by professor Mads Dam and assistant professor Roberto Guanciale combines deep interest in logic, mathematics, abstract modelling and formal proofs with a strong will to apply these methods to the design, development, testing, and verification of concrete system solutions. The project involves a wide variety of challenging tasks, including theory and methods, tool development, modeling and verification of critical hardware components (cpu’s, gpu’s and devices of different types), system software development and verification, prototype implementation, and software synthesis.

As part of TrustFull, there will be strong interactions with other researchers at the intersection of software engineering and software security. The postdoc will also have ample opportunity to contribute to student supervision at both PhD and MSc levels, and to assist in project development and grant applications.

The position is a full-time research position for one year with a possible one-year extension. The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible. 


Applicants must hold or be about to receive a doctoral degree in Computer Science (or equivalent). The doctoral degree must have been obtained within the last three years from the application deadline (some exceptions for special grounds, for instance sick leave and parental leave). The candidate should have a strong background from at least one of the areas of formal verification and system security.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and suitability

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Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


The application should contain the following:

1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.

2. Copies of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations to   English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.

3. Brief explanation of why you want to conduct research, about your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; max 2 pages long.

4. Representative publications or technical reports: Document no more than 10 pages each. For longer documents (eg dissertations), attach a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

5. One recommendation letter

6.  Contact information for two reference persons. We reserve the right to contact references only for selected candidates.


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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement,though ideally we would like the candidate to start as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2019-0890
  • Ayda Ghabil, ghabil@gmail.com
  • Mads Dam, mfd@kth.se
  • Roberto Guanciale, robertog@kth.se
Published 01.Apr.2019
Last application date 30.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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