Researcher in CISPA building.

Your Career at CISPA

Tenure-track and Tenured Faculty

The next opportunity to apply for a faculty position will start in November.

The CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security is hiring new faculty. We are looking for outstanding researchers to support our scientific endeavours. Applications are invited for tenure-track and tenured faculty positions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their complete application by November 15, 2019 for full consideration. However, applications will continue to be accepted until December 10, 2019. Specifically we are hiring:

CISPA values diversity and is committed to equality. We provide special support for dual-career couples. We highly encourage female researchers to apply. Please find further information on our career pages.

A doctoral degree in computer science or related areas and an outstanding research track record are required. Applicants are expected to pursue an internationally visible research agenda and to build up their research team. Candidates for senior positions must be internationally renowned scientists.

We expect applicants to have published at least on one of the following conferences: USENIX Security, ACM CCS, IEEE S&P, EuroCrypt, Crypto, PETS, CSF, IEEE EuroS&P or NDSS.

CISPA values diversity and is committed to equality. We provide special support for dual-career couples. Female researchers are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to work with our faculty on existing lines of research, and to develop their own research agenda under CISPA faculty supervision. Former postdoctoral researchers have moved on to take permanent positions at top universities and research laboratories worldwide, including Carnegy Mellon, Microsoft Research, IMDEA, and INRIA.

CISPA has intensified its collaboration with Stanford University by founding the CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity Research in 2016 to establish a common training ground for the next generation of Cybersecurity experts, joining the strengths of both Stanford and CISPA in a joint educational program addressing postdoctoral researchers.
Visit the CSC for Cybersecurity website for more information.

Qualified candidates who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in a research area covered by CISPA faculty may apply at any time by contacting the head of the research group they want to join or join the graduate programs of Saarland University and the International Max Planck Research School.

CISPA will accept applications throughout the year for exceptionally strong candidates. For more information please visit the individual group’s website you would like to work with or send an informal inquiry to .

CISPA maintains an open, international and diverse work environment and seeks applications from outstanding students regardless of their national origin or citizenship. The working language is English.

The Application process includes interviews and a visit to the center and its partner institutions enabling applicants to interact with faculty and students before accepting a position.

Admitted students are advised by CISPA faculty and conduct their research at the respective CISPA partner institute. Graduate students receive individual training and mentoring from our faculty, preparing them for leadership in world-class academic or industrial research.

Admitted students either are paid employees of Saarland University or receive a scholarship from the Graduate Schools to cover fees, living expenses and health insurance. Additional financial support is provided for students with children. Successful applicants from non-EU countries may be sponsored for a student visa.

Graduate School for Computer Science and International Max Planck Research School

Additionally, students may apply to the graduate programs of Saarland University and the Max Planck Institutes which are also highly competitive. A successful Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree from a top-tier, research-oriented institution of higher education is required. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record (at or near the top of their class), proficiency in spoken and written English, and strong letters of recommendation from their academic advisors.

For Graduate Studies and Funding, please check the following websites:

Graduate School for Computer Science: https://www.graduateschool-computerscience.de

International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS): https://www.imprs-cs.de

Undergraduate students receive individual supervision by experienced scientists at CISPA and are integrated in junior research groups from the beginning of their scientific career. You can actively participate in international conferences, colloquia at institutes, as well as department seminars – with contributions such as talks or posters.

Write your thesis with us

Students of Bachelor and Master courses at Saarland University are welcome to write their thesis supervised by one of our experienced research group leaders or faculty.

Student Helper Positions

During your studies at Saarland University, we offer you the possibility to gain your first scientific experiences at our institute. The most talented students can be offered student helper positions to support our faculty and research group leaders in their current research projects or as tutors in one of their courses at Saarland University. Get in touch with our faculty and research group leaders to enquire about open positions as student helpers or tutors.


Young Researcher Internship Program

We are looking for students…
  • …who are highly talented and motivated.
  • …who have successfully passed the first semesters of a Bachelor/Master in computer science or legal informatics, ideally with a focus on information security.
  • …with fluent English language skills (required). German is beneficial.
  • …who are self-motivated, creative, and open-minded.
  • …with the ability to work autonomously as well as in a team.
  • …who are interested in a typically 3 months internship at CISPA.
We offer the opportunity to:
  • develop a high-quality research project within one of our research groups.
  • have your own set of responsibilities for a specific project.
  • work on exciting and varying tasks in an international working environment.
  • support you in finding a room.
  • attend CISPA’s research seminars and courses.
  • a paid internship, while we including support in housing.
How to apply:

Please send your application to . Your application should include the following documents:

  • motivation letter (please indicate your focus area in the field of information security and specify with whom you would like to work here at CISPA)
  • full CV
  • recommendation letter (if possible)
  • certificates (from school, university, employers or similar)
  • transcript of records of your first semesters of study
  • enrolment certificate
  • a working permit if necessary