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Department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University invites applications for
Master thesis position in Security Requirements Analysis and Technology Evaluation for Smart Grids
Interested in making an impact on security solutions for the future electric energy systems?
Evolving smart grids combine electric power grid technologies with advanced information and communications technologies to create sustanaible energy systems. In electric power grids, critical control related communication has typically been carried over dedicated communications links. Going forward, smart grids will more extensively utilize the flexibility provided by public layer 3 and 5G networks. This will introduce a security challenge which has to be addressed.
Your role and goals
You will analyse and model the formal and practical requirements that are applicable to smart grid information systems and networks. This includes:
- Identifying current and potential future power grid security requirements. This activity covers current existing smart grid security standards like IEC 62351, latest research publications and power grid operator interviews
- Security threat analysis
- Evaluation of alternative existing security technologies for the use case
Your network and team
You will work under Professor Raimo Kantola’s supervision. Your instructor will be Doctoral Candidate Seppo Borenius. You will co-operate with team members from multiple Aalto University departments, in particular from the Department of Communications and Networking and from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation. Power grid operators will provide user perspctive to the requirements and to the evaluation of different technology alternatives.
Your experience and ambitions
We expect applicants to have:
- Genuine interest in smarts grids and security solutions
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, computer science or power systems
- Good knowledge of written and spoken English
Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using "Apply now!" link below, no later than May 10, 2019.
To apply, please share the following application materials with us:
- Application letter
- Study transcripts
- Recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisors or employers
The position will be filled as soon as possible and will last for 6 months. A part-time internship position leading to the thesis is also possible.
If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Doctoral Candidate Seppo Borenius [email protected] (research related information) or HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi [email protected] (application process, practical arrangements).