The Twente University Centre for Cybersecurity Research has a vacancy for a PhD Position in Federated Monitoring and Automated Response.

Real-time monitoring is essential for threat detection and response. Many different monitoring approaches have been proposed in the state-of-the-art and several tools are available on the market. However, the complexity and dynamism of modern distributed environments pose a critical challenge to such tools, which are limited in terms of scalability and visibility. Additionally, in such distributed architectures it is crucial to correlate observed insights (e.g., indicators of compromise) to track lateral movement.

The goal of this PhD Project is to research novel methodologies to monitor distributed environments, ultimately aiming at threat detection, automate the extraction, learning, and correlation of cyber threat intelligence (CTI), and reason about effective and transferable threat response strategies.


  • We are looking for a highly motivated, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic researcher with a background in, or affinity with, researching, designing, and building Federated Monitoring and Automated Response approaches for Data Security;
  • You have, or will shortly acquire, an MSc degree in computer science, business information technology or electrical engineering or comparable with a background in Cybersecurity;
  • You have a creative mindset and excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment;
  • You are proficient in English.


  • As a PhD student at UT, you will be appointed to a full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating and exciting scientific environment;
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.541,- (first year) to € 3.247,- (fourth year);
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other staff.


Are you interested in this position? Please submit your application before October 1st via the ‘Apply now’ button below and include:

  • A motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for a PhD position in this research area.
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including any publications if applicable, academic awards and your working experience.
  • An academic transcript of BSc and MSc education, including grades.

For more information, please contact Andrea Continella ( or Tom van Boven (


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