Vacancy Notice  291/2022

The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.

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The Faculty of Computer Science seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Institute of Technical and Business Information Systems, Research Group “Multimedia and Security”:

Research Assistant (m/f/d) in the fields of IT- and multimedia security



Salary Scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
01.11.2022
Fixed term until:
30.06.2023*
Contract status:
100 %

We offer the opportunity for application-oriented research in the fields of IT- and multimedia security as a member of our research team.

For our security research project work, we are looking for a motivated researcher (f/m/d) to investigate, analyze and work in data hiding and its detection. Approaches include automatic test case generation for covered channels in control technology as well as in sensor data and media streams. The focus of the work lies in cross-domain steganography and steganalysis for network-, industrial control system- (ICS), sensor- and media-data. For the later, in a first step audio streams are planned to be studied as example media-data.

Main responsibilities:

  • Collaboration and research work in the organization, preparation and implementation as well as documentation of project-related research tasks
  • In cooperation with project partners, research and application of covered channels in a steganographic pattern taxonomy and a ICS system model for implementation of automatic, hierarchical smart testing in a demonstrator
  • Extension of steganographic pattern taxonomies for network and sensor data steganography as well as media steganography using audio material
  • Participation in projects in a nationally and internationally committed team and cooperation with national and international partners
  • Publications and participation in workshops and conferences
  • Scientific qualification in the context of a PhD project is desired and supported

Requirements for the position:

  • At least a good Master degree or equivalent in computer science
  • Very good knowledge and practical experience in the field of IT security, information hiding and at least one steganographic domain (preferably network- or audio steganography)
  • Knowledge in automatic test case generation
  • Very good knowledge of modeling in industrial control systems and experience with setting up demonstrators in the area of industrial control networks/control buses
  • Extensive programming skills with a focus on network programming, for example in C/C++ but also at least one script language for rapid prototyping, as well as the ability to familiarise yourself with other programming languages at short notice
  • Skills in electronics/electrical engineering are an advantage
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Fluent English, both written and spoken

*A further employment is aimed at subject to the allocation of funds from a funder.

For further information about the position, please contact Silke Reifgerste (silke.reifgerste(at)ovgu.de.

In addition to all the usual social benefits of the public sector, we have more to offer, such as modern working conditions, a wide range of training and development opportunities, and a positive work environment that is highly valued by our employees. We also offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities, extensive catering in our canteens and cafeterias as well as workplace health promotion.

Otto von Guericke University is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. The Otto von Guericke University strongly promotes gender equality in all professional areas.

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Please send your complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduation certificates, references) by October 10, 2022 (date of receipt of application) using the online application portal.



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