CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security

The Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) is a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. Its research agenda comprises all aspects of Information Security.

With its ongoing growth, CISPA will have the critical mass of researchers (500+) to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment of the pressing grand cybersecurity and privacy research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization. CISPA seeks to play a prominent international role on research, transfer, and innovation by combining cutting-edge, often disruptive foundational research with innovative application-oriented research, corresponding technology transfer, and societal outreach. Thematically, it strives to cover the full spectrum from theory to empirical research. It is deeply grounded in computer science and works interdisciplinarily with researchers in adjacent fields such as medicine, law, and the social sciences.


CISPA now hiring new faculty

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.

CISPA and LORIA open new French-German Center for Cybersecurity

The new French-German Center for Cybersecurity has officially been kicked off at the CISPA Helmho...

Yang Zhang to become Faculty at CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

On 1 February, Yang takes up his position as a faculty member of CISPA. He has been working at th...

Our Research

Cybersecurity is a young and fast-evolving area. As a Helmholtz Center for Information Security, CISPA is dedicated to cutting-edge foundational research combined with innovative application-oriented research in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy. We are committed to the highest international academic standards and offer a world-class research environment that grants extensive resources to a wide range of researchers and that constitutes an attractive destination for the best talents and scientists from all countries.

Join our Team

The recruitment of highly talented students and researchers in cybersecurity and privacy is key to CISPA’s development and growth strategy.


  • PhD Students
  • Post Docs
  • Tenure Track
  • Jobs

Administrative Staff

See our current vacancies in Administration, Scientific Strategy and Support.


  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Jobs

Stuhlsatzenhaus 5
Saarbrücken, Germany

Location and Network

CISPA is situated in close vicinity to other well-renowned institutes such as the Max Planck Institutes for Informatics and for Software Systems, the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), etc. With its interdisciplinary focus, CISPA is keen on establishing and maintaining close collaborations with other excellent research institutes in the area of computer science by establishing joint research agendas and combining their strengths.