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Postdoc or Ph.D. student in the area of interledger DLT technologies

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.
We are now looking for a Postdoc or Ph.D. student in the area of interledger DLT technologies.
Are you a DLT (blockchain) expert, with a security and semantics background, with an urge to work with completely new technologies that are likely to have wide societal impact?
We are now looking for a postdoc or Ph.D. student to conduct research in the context of the on-going EU H2020 project PHOENIX (, which involves shielding the grid against complex incidents and extensive cyber and privacy attacks. In addition to conducting research (and possible studies towards the doctoral degree), the selected candidate will also act as the task leader for two tasks within the project, collaborating closely with a number of project partners in Europe.

With the introduction of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs and blockchains), it has become possible to create new fully decentralized governance models.  When implementing such new governance models, especially for systems that involve IoT, the questions of data sovereignty, semantic interoperability, and federation become crucial.  In this research, these will be considered in a dynamic and distributed setting involving multiple interconnected blockchains, i.e., in an interledger technology setting. The research will also involve implementation of the needed software components, requiring strong software development skills.

Your role and goals
Your role and main goal in this work is to design, study, and implement interledger systems in the PHOENIX project context, preferably resulting in high quality publications. In addition to that, the prospective candidate must be able to care of the following tasks:

1. Acting as the task leader for two tasks within the EU project: data sovereignty and semantic interoperability, and federated cloud/inter-ledger transactions platform.

2. Collaborating closely with a number of the 24 project partner organizations, all over the Europe.

Your network and team
The research will mainly take place in prof. (PoP) Pekka Nikander’s group, at the Department of Communications and Networking, in collaboration with other researchers in the Network Security and Trust group in the department, and with prof. Matti Lehtonen’s group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation.  In the EU project PHOENIX, there are altogether 24 organizations, but only two universities: Aalto and RWTH Aachen. In Pekka’s group there are currently one postdoc and four Ph.D. students, with quite diverse backgrounds of software architecture, security, business design, and mathematics. The less than two years old group is among the very few academic research groups that are both able to implement practical DLT based systems and to study their societal implications.

Your experience and ambitions
For this demanding position, we are primarily looking for a recent Ph.D. as a postdoc or a Ph.D. student with some prior EU project and/or industry competence. Your background should be in computer communications security, with good understanding of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).  You must have enough of leadership or project management experience in order to successfully lead the two EU project tasks that are at Aalto’s responsibility.
Due to the regulations set by the PHOENIX project, the prospective candidate must be a citizen of a European Union country and eligible for receiving a security clearance.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using "Apply now!" link below. The call is open until December 15, 2019, but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The contract is fixed term, initially for 1-2 years. Preferable starting time is January 2020.
To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English:

  • Motivation letter 
  • CV 
  • Degree certificate / Transcripts of studies
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • List of publications
  • Research statement
  • Recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisors or employers

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach contact Dr. Pasi Lassila ([email protected], research related information) and HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi ([email protected], application process, practical arrangements).
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