Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Four PhD positions in EU Horizon 2020 MSCA project on 5th GeneratiOn Security for Telecom Services (5GhOSTS)

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    DistriNet Research Group, KU Leuven
    Computer scienceInformatics
    Juridical sciencesInformatic law
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    18/10/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Leuven
    Sweden › Stockholm
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Four PhD positions are offered within the 5GhOSTS project. 5GhOSTS aims to deliver secure light-weight virtualization and container orchestration technology for upcoming 5G networks.

Context: The telecom industry is migrating to virtualized and orchestrated environments, allowing the deployment of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) on cloud infrastructure enabling the concept of network slicing. State-of-the-art lightweight virtualization such as Docker and container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes clearly contribute to this driver, but do not meet the stringent security requirements of telecommunication systems.

The objectives of the 5GhOSTS project are:

  1. To form an international and interdisciplinary research group of four Early-Stage-Researchers (ESRs) and senior researchers. The ESRs will develop transferable skills, both soft and technical skills that will uplift their future careers in the telecommunication sector. The ambitious training networks leverages academic excellence of KU Leuven and the leadership driven research of Ericsson, together with a strong business- and innovation-oriented mind-set, to develop technical skills for securing the mobile networks of the future, with a thorough understanding of legal and business aspects.
  2. To design, implement and release a number of building blocks for secure lightweight virtualization and container orchestration technology for upcoming 5G networks, which provide a strong, well-understood and formalized notion of security, and which complies with legal requirements with respect to data privacy. These building blocks will be a high-priority asset for the Ericsson’s competitiveness in 5G product development;
  3. To address the growing need of the EU economy for young researchers with a strong profile (technical, legal and economic) in the 5G telecommunications domain, thus increasing the researchers’ international competitiveness.

Three PhD students will work in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), focussing mainly on security and partially on performance, and one PhD student in legal studies focusing on sustainable and effective privacy in 5G networks. The Recruitment is in accordance with the European Charter and Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.



The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and, if applicable, a family allowance (if married and/or dependent children). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Eligibility criteria

Degree: Master degree or equivalent providing access to PhD programmes. See attachment for required degree for each position. Applicants must not have a doctoral degree.

Language: English proficiency must be attested either through a previous English language diploma, or an internationally recognised proficiency test (at least C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages i.e. IELTS, IBT, TOEFL or Cambridge).

Career: When starting their contract, selected researchers should be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Furthermore, the researcher should not have been awarded a prior doctoral degree so far.

Mobility: At the date of recruitment, the researcher must not have resided, or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the hiring institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Application: Complete and timely submission exclusively via the 5GHOSTS on-line application system. Documents submitted must be in English. If supporting documents (e.g., letters of academic references and scan of degree qualification) are not in English, they must be submitted together with a certified translation in English).

Please note that, in addition to the above mentioned eligibility criteria, further requirements are detailed for each PhD position in the individual ESR descriptions. (see https://www.5ghosts.eu)

Selection process

  • By 18th October 2019: Candidates must apply by submitting required documents by email to fiveghosts@cs.kuleuven.be.
  • By 25th October 2019: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit to an interview (also via video conference) with their supervisory team. Interviews will be held from 28 October 2019 to 8 November 2019. Candidates may be required to have a further interview to be held face to face (in this case costs of travel and accommodation will be reimbursed).
  • By 11th November 2019: Shortlisted candidates will be informed about the final decision.
  • By 22nd November 2019: Selected candidates will have to confirm in writing their decision to accept the offered position, otherwise they will lose the position and the following candidate in the ranking list will be recruited.
  • After 22nd November 2019: Selected candidates will be recruited by hiring institutions.
  • 1st January 2020: Employment contracts will start.

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Offer Requirements

    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Juridical sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


  • You have a genuine interest in the objectives of the 5GhOSTS project, and a demonstrated desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment, collaborating with computer scientists, legal scientists and engineers;
  • You are enthusiastic about engaging in a unique international mobility scheme;
  • You have distinguished yourself during your academic studies and have obtained excellent grades;
  • You have a critical, analytical and creative mind, and strong problem-solving skills;
  • You are flexible and capable of working both individually and in a(n) (interdisciplinary) team;
  • You can plan and organize your work independently in order to meet deadlines and prioritize where necessary; if needed, you can work under time pressure without losing respect for your colleagues and dedication to deliver high quality results;
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (to be demonstrated by academic publications such as a Master’s thesis or academic articles, and/or practical briefs such as client memos and blog entries)

Specific Requirements

ESR1: Integrity Assurance for Multi-Component Services

  • You have obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent)

ESR2: Secure and high performance inter-container communication and orchestration in Multi-Component Services

  • You have obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent)

ESR3: Towards a Trustworthy Container Platform and Orchestration Framework

  • You have obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent)

ESR4: Comprehensive and Sustainable Privacy for Virtualized Telecom Services

  • You have obtained a Master’s Degree in Law, preferably with specialisation in ICT, IP, data protection law

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200A, box 2402
2 position(s) available at
Ericsson AB
164 80
Torshamnsgatan 23

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