DEADLINE: 8th August 2021


The overall aim of the SecuRoPS project is to develop a user-centred security framework for autonomous social robots that can operate securely in public space. The project will start with eliciting the threat landscape or attack surface pertaining to social robots, and identifying the state of the art on security principles and guidelines on social robots. Thereafter, the project will develop a cybersecurity framework encompassing a well-defined process, threat models, design principles, and guidelines, to manage security of social robots. Furthermore, the framework offers reusable models or components that can be applied by robot developers, robot owners and other stakeholders to develop secure robots and to monitor and respond to security events. The framework and prototype robots, implementing the framework, will be demonstrated through pilot cases on developing a social robot for a city ferry.

Within the project, the PhD candidate will work mainly in WP2 “Digital threat landscape of social robot” and WP3 “SecuRoPS framework: user-centred security for social robot”, conducting literature reviews as well as interviews to complete WP2, but also developing the SecuRoPS framework including the design of knowledge bases of resusable threat models and security design mechanisms and security profiles for social robots, as well as guidelines for the adoption of the framework.

The successful candidate will be a member of an active research group at Østfold University College. He or she is expected to do research, develop prototype implementations and write research papers on the topic of his or her project.

The Ph.D. position is a full time (100%) fixed term position for 3 years, and is fully funded by The Research Council of Norway under IKTPLUSS-IKT programme. Institute for Energy Technology (Ife) is the project coordinator, and Østfold University College is one of the partners in the project.

Project title: User-centred Security Framework for Social Robots in Public Space (SecuRoPS)

Project description: SecuRoPS addresses the challenges pertaining to the cybersecurity of social robots. Focus is on social robots operating in a public space, which are more vulnerable to digital and physical sabotage, attacks, vandalism, and theft than in a more controlled space.

For further information about the project, please contact the project leader. For other information, please contact Human Resources or the Research Director.

Project leader: Professor Ricardo Colomo-Palacios, +47 696 08 291,
Dean of the Faculty of Computer Sciences, Engineering and Economics: Harald Holone, +47 696 08 281/+47 911 93 486,
Human resources advisor: Lilly Alexandra Hondros-Wellmeier, +47 696 08 182, 

Completed a Master’s degree or equivalent within the field of Computer Science, Software Engineering or a closely related field.
The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in terms of the Norwegian grading scale. 
Bachelor degree must be C or better in terms of the Norwegian grading scale
For international candidates (outside of EU/EEA area), approved TOEFL English profficieny test with min score 90 or IELTS test with min. score 7.5
Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
Documented knowledge in Cybersecurity (threat models, security design mechanisms...)
Documented knowledge in robotics design.
Emphasis will be placed on the following: 

Relevant work experience (if applicable)
The applicant’s own ideas of research themes and research design that would be relevant for the project proposal.
Very good programming skills
Interpersonal skills and a willingness to work as part of an international team based in Norway
Organized and Self-motivated individual, eager to work with industry partners and colleagues on research problems
Admission and appointment
Currently ØUC does not offer a Ph.D.-programme. Consequently, the selected candidate must be admitted to a Ph.D.-programme at another institution. The application process will be assisted by the Faculty of Computer Sciences, Engineering and Economics. Admission to a doctoral degree programme is a condition for appointment as a research fellow. The final plan for research training shall be approved and regulated by contract at the latest three months after the commencement date. The final date for admission to a doctoral degree programme must be stated at the latest six months after the commencement date.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the State Employees law, the act relating to Universities and Universities Colleges and the national guidelines for appointment as a Ph.D. student, a postdoctoral fellow or a research assistants.

Depending on qualifications and relevant experience, Ph.D. candidates will be placed in the Norwegian government pay scale position code “1017 Ph.D. student” ( 491 200– 534 400 NOK per year) and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

The appointment process and the conditions of employment will follow national guidelines for University and University College PhD scholars.

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Application must include the following:

letter of intent (one page) that includes your qualifications, skills and motivation.
curriculum vitae
list of publications (if applicable). Include a short description of your contribution in multi-authored publications.
copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified and translated to English if not awarded in the Scandinavian region)
All attachments should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant ØUC faculty may require further documentation, e.g. proof of claimed English proficiency.

Østfold University College is a state college with around 7,800 students and 620 employees. The university college is located in Fredrikstad and Halden and has a broad study portfolio ranging from professional studies programmes to arts programmes, both at bachelor's and master's level.

The university college is growing and has an ambitious strategy for the future, including establishing an interdisciplinary doctoral programme "Digitalisation and Society", delivering outstanding socially relevant educations, and strengthening interaction with business and social life - both in education and research.

From 1 August 2021, the college's academic environments will be organized into three major faculties: The Faculty of Health, Welfare and Organisation, the Faculty of Teacher Education and Languages, and the Faculty of Information Technology, Engineering and Economics.

The rector is the head of the college and, together with a new management team, will further develop the institution as a central regional, national and international knowledge and research player.

The core of the college's activities is to provide students with access to outstanding socially relevant and profession-oriented studies. We will ensure that students have a great learning outcome and are ready for a working life with rapid restructuring, by focusing on quality, on technology, on infrastructure and on new teaching methods. The students will also experience a close relationship between theoretical knowledge, fields of profession and societal needs, and the college will therefore strengthen its strategic and binding cooperation with working life.

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