Junior Research Group Leader positions at MPI for Security and Privacy

by Catalin Hritcu, April 30, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum, Germany is inviting applications for Junior Research Group Leader positions

Our Junior Research Group program offers young scientists the opportunity to develop their own independent research program. We welcome applicants whose work covers aspects of security and privacy irrespective of field. The vision of MPI-SP is to grow into an interdisciplinary institute contributing to the broader landscape of Computer Science research at the Max Planck Society (https://www.cis.mpg.de), while also being a home to academics working at the intersection with social science, economics, law, humanities, and more. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, foundations, cryptography, software and hardware security, AI safety and adversarial machine learning, as well as various interdisciplinary aspects of security and privacy (such as usable security and privacy, psychology and economics of security and privacy, societal impact of information technology, AI fairness and ethics, public policy, legal compliance, etc).

The positions are funded for 5 years. We offer a competitive salary, base funding for your new research group (covering 1 Ph.D. student position, several M.Sc. students, travel, and other operating costs), as well as administrative and technical support. The positions come with no teaching obligations, although teaching opportunities exist. As an employee in Germany you will enjoy great working conditions, including 30 paid vacation days per year and considerable family support.

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in any field or area broadly relevant to security and privacy and must have demonstrated outstanding research vision, and potential to successfully lead a research group. Successful candidates are expected to build a highly visible research agenda, to mentor Ph.D. students, and to participate in collaborative projects.

The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (https://www.mpi-sp.org) is located in Bochum, Germany. We maintain an open, international, and diverse work environment and seek applications from outstanding researchers regardless of national origin. Our working language is English. We collaborate with several major research institutions worldwide and have high international visibility.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its workforce. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired. We also encourage applications from members of any other underrepresented group.

Please apply at https://apply.cis.mpg.de/register/mpispjrgl

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by 14 June 2020.

You need to upload your CV, a research plan, an optional teaching statement, and 3-5 references. Reviewing of applications will start immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. The expected starting date for the positions is Fall 2020, open to negotiations. Important questions can be addressed to [email protected]