Career at CISPA


CISPA has multiple openings for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the areas of security & privacy, trustworthy information processing, real-time & embedded systems, distributed & mobile systems, and programming languages & verification.

The center provides a stimulating, competitive, yet collaborative environment for research and graduate education. CISPA graduates are highly sought after by academia and industry worldwide.

Qualified candidates can pursue doctoral degrees or their own postdoctoral research agenda under the supervision of CISPA faculty and work as members of one or more of the center’s research groups, which perform internationally leading, highly visible research in their respective fields of specialization. Graduate students receive individual training and mentoring from our faculty, preparing them for leadership in world-class academic or industrial research.

CISPA is located in Saarbruecken, Germany, in the tri-border area of Germany, France, and Luxembourg. The area offers a high standard of living, beautiful surroundings, and easy access to major metropolitan areas in central Europe.

For more information please visit the individual group’s website you would like to work with or send an informal inquiry to jobs(aeht)

Open Positions

University Professors

The Computer Science Department of Saarland University is currently inviting applications for a Full Professorship (W3) in the fields of “IT-Security, Privacy, and Cryptography” . The position is established in the context of the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA). Application deadline is August 24, 2016.

For further information please visit the dedicated job page .

Graduate positions

Qualified candidates who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in a research area covered by CISPA faculty may apply at any time. We will accept applications throughout the year for exceptionally strong candidates. Admitted applicants will have an opportunity to visit the center and its partner institutions and interact with faculty and students before making their decision.

Admission to the graduate programs of Saarland University and the Max Planck Institutes is 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.

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 center is committed to increasing the representation of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities in Computer Science.

Admitted students are advised by CISPA faculty and conduct their research at the respective CISPA partner institute.

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 dependent children. Successful applicants from non-EU countries may be sponsored for a student visa.

Further information

Postdoctoral positions

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

To apply, please send an informal inquiry with your CV, publication list, research plan for your stay, intended period of stay, and names of three references with e-mail addresses.

The institute is committed to increasing the representation of minorities, women and individuals with physical disabilities in computer science. We particularly encourage such individuals to apply.