PhD DEPICT (V32.3640)


Research position on Deep packet intelligence for industrial control systems (DEPICT). This project aims at a new type of -intelligent- monitoring of Industrial IoT systems to create insight in the system and actionability; being able to act on present and future threats.
Faculteit Wiskunde & Informatica
Instituten en overigen
Data Science Center Eindhoven


Project Description

The high-level goal of DEPICT is to develop a new type of monitoring for Industrial IoT systems. Our final goal is to leverage and -add intelligence to- deep-packet inspection (DPI) tools to extract knowledge of an Industrial IoT network and build -actionability-, that is, the ability to act upon present (or future) threats, allowing for, (1) Corrective measures, facilitating early incident response by security analysts without a deep knowledge of the industrial processes, and control-room operators without deep knowledge on cyber-security, so they can take care of the first steps of the incident response, thereby greatly increasing the overall resilience of the system, and (2) Preventive measures, performing asset-threat mapping by leveraging deep-packet inspection of industrial networks.

DEPICT is carried out in cooperation of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Conversion to a PostDoc position may also be considered for suitable candidates.


  • carry out research within the project, in cooperation with the other parties involved;
  • develop and maintain the tools required by the project, in cooperation with the other parties involved;
  • contribute to the writing of scientific papers;
  • finish the PhD thesis within four years;
  • contribute to the teaching activities of the Security group.


We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • an MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related field with above average results (applicants for a PostDoc position must have a PhD degree);
  • research oriented attitude;
  • interest in computer security;
  • knowledge of Java;
  • knowledge of formal methods and computer networks is a plus;
  • good communicative skills in English, both written and oral;
  • ability to work in a team, collaborate with the industrial partners;


We offer:

  • a full-time employment as a PhD-candidate for a period of 4 years;
  • a gross salary between € 2.266,00 per month (first year) and € 2.897,00 per month (last year);
  • annually 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance;
  • support with your personal development and career planning including courses, summer schools, conference visits etc.;
  • broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, moving expenses, savings schemes, coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation and excellent sports facilities).

Informatie en sollicitatie

Information and application

For more information about the project, please contact dr. Jerry den Hartog (

For information about employment conditions please contact HR advisor TU/e, e-mail:

The application should consist of the following parts:

  • a motivation letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • copies of your diplomas together with the list of grades, and other relevant certificates;
  • names and addresses of two referees;
  • proof of English language skills (if applicable).