Secure Web Applications Group

PhD students

Our group is expected to grow from the end of 2021. We are therefore looking for motivated and talented students who are keen on researching the area of securing Web applications, i.e., finding security issues on the Web, proposing improvements for security, and notifying affected parties about discovered issues. To get a feeling what our group has researched in the past, please check our research page.

We expect students to have a strong background in security, shown through corresponding grades in relevant lectures or extracurricular activies such as CTFs or first papers in the area. The goal of our research group is to publish at the most relevant venues in computer security. Hence, candidates not only require a strong background and willingness to learn more about (Web) security, but should also be determined to pursue the (not always easy) goal of publishing at tier-1 venues.

In return, we can offer an excellent research environment for conducting your PhD thesis work with close individual supervision, which is fully paid according to TV-öD 13. As part of the renowned Helmholtz Association, CISPA also provides a significant funding for travel and equipment, meaning our students will always be able to present their work in person (and possibly also visit other conferences).

If you are interested, please apply through the CISPA's central job portal. Make sure that your cover letter explicitly mentions our group and explain why you believe you would be a good fit. If you have further questions, contact Ben Stock. To avoid unspecific applications, please include the title of Ben's first CCS paper in the mail text. I will ignore emails that do not contain this keyword.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Given the expected growth of our group, we are also looking for postdoctoral researchers to support the supervision of PhD students. This includes day-to-day advice for topics you might be unfamiliar with, meaning you should be eager to learn new topics that relate to Web security. As our research usually targets tier-1 conferences, we expect prior experience in publishing at such venues.

In return, we can offer an excellent research environment to continue your research career. All positions are 100% funded, according to TV-öD 13. As part of the renowned Helmholtz Association, CISPA also provides a significant funding for travel and equipment, meaning our researchers will always be able to present their work in person (and possibly also visit other conferences).

If you are interested, please contact Ben Stock! To avoid unspecific applications, please include the title of Ben's first CCS paper in the mail text. I will ignore emails that do not contain this keyword.

Student Assistants

Our group usually recruits Hiwis from outstanding students in our lecture(s). If you have not been approached, but believe you would be a good fit, contact Ben Stock. Requirements for student helpers include a strong background in Web security as well as experience in either Python or JavaScript. When contacting us, please be sure to include information about relevant courses you have taken and their corresponding grades.