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Date: 2008-07-22 (15:08)
From: David.Clarke@c...
Subject: PhD Positions in Secure Software and Languages
[Please forward this announcement to interested students]

         Two PhD Positions
       Secure Software and Languages

       Department of Computer Science
       Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Applications are invited for two PhD positions within the DistriNet 
Research Group at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
The research will be conducted under the supervision of David Clarke.

* Research topics:

These positions are devoted to research on secure software and languages, 
including, but not limited to:
* modelling highly adaptable trustworthy systems
* types and models for software families
* logic and type systems for security; ownership types; pluggable types
* programming languages for secure software

* Profile & skills

- Clear interest in and knowledge of the subject, based on education, work 
or research experience
- Masters in Computer Science or Informatics 
- Team player; capability to work in an international research team
- Proficiency in English and excellent communication skills, both oral 
and written 
- Prior knowledge in the areas of type systems, security, programming
languages and/or formal methods is an advantage.

* About DistriNet

The "Distributed systems and computer Networks‚" (DistriNet) research 
group was founded in 1984 as part of the Department of Computer Science 
at the K.U.Leuven. DistriNet's research focus and scope is twofold: 
distributed software‚ and secure software. 
The group works on a wide range of topics including computer networks, 
middleware, internet architectures, network and software security, 
embedded systems and multi-agent systems. DistriNet's research is generally
application driven and often conducted in collaboration with industry 

Currently DistriNet counts 60 members (8 professors, 12 post-docs and 
45 junior researchers) and participates in about 30 national and 
international research projects. The annual budget amounts to approximately
5MEuro. More information on projects and publications can be found on the 
DistriNet web pages: 

* About Leuven

Lively Leuven is a  picturesque and upbeat Flemish city, just 25km from 
Brussels, and within 3 hours of major European centres such as Antwerp, 
Amsterdam, London and Paris. Leuven is shaped by its healthy student 
population - some 25,000 of them - more than a quarter of the town's 

* Further Information and Application Procedure

Requests for further information and other informal enquiries can be sent
        Dr. David Clarke
        David.Clarke at

Those interested in the position are asked to send e-mail to the address
given above. Full Details of the application process are available upon
request, but an application will include:

    1. A cover letter stating the applicant's interest in the project.

    2. A full curriculum vitae, including an abstract of the applicant's
       master's thesis and the name of their supervisor.

    3. Letters of recommendation or references from at least two
       scientific staff members. (Letters of recommendation should either
       be included along with the application, or should arrive
       separately promptly.)

    4. A completed application for postgraduate study at the K.U.Leuven.

Applications and instructions are available at

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but those
received on or before 15 August 2008 will have priority.

The PhD positions are for 4 years. 
The start date is negotiable, 1 October 2008 at the earliest.