This is a call for projects in cyber security for the potential PhD supervisors. Deadline for this present call is 31 December, 2022.


There will be a separate call for PhD students. The PhD positions are for three years starting 1 May 2023 or soon thereafter. The PhD student will be employed by and fully funded by Centre for Cyber Security.


All topics within cyber security are welcome, but topics of particular interest for this call are:


Quantum-Safe Cryptography. Eventually, powerful quantum computers will be able to break most of the cryptosystems currently in use for so-called public-key encryption. Today, there are a handful of systems believed to be secure, even after these quantum computers become available. These systems include public-key encryption based on “lattices” and systems based on coding theory, as well as digital authentication systems based on cryptographic hash functions.


Lightweight Cryptology. AES and SHA-3 are American standards for encryption and hashing respectively. Currently these systems are widely regarded as secure. However, these standards are not easily applied to the IoT world (internet of things), as they require too much memory and computational power. Lightweight cryptology is the designation for systems designed specifically for applications in small devices with low power consumption.


Development of new Quantum Algorithms. There are only a few known quantum algorithms with proven or expected speed-ups compared to classical implementations, and it is likely that the next Shor’s algorithm is waiting to be found. Discovering new applications for quantum computers with security or defense perspectives is of interest, and may focus on either noisy quantum hardware for the short-term, or long-term solutions relying on more mature quantum computers.


Quantum Sensors. Development of quantum sensors for applications within the defence sector, e.g. to improve navigation, communication, mapping, target acquisition or surveillance. Focus of interest is further development of a specific existing technology, or investigating new applications and methods.


Quantum Communication. Development of methods or hardware to improve the security of quantum communications, e.g. via the development of device-independent quantum key distribution or un-trusted nodes. For example, the project can be based on vulnerability discovery by finding ways to compromise existing protocols and devices, to better understand the security flaws of current protocols, and possibly patch them.


AI Evasion Attacks. A threat to AI applications are so-called “evasion attacks”. This type of attack consists of a malicious actor manipulating an AI algorithm into providing a wrong answer, by fabricating an input near the edge of the boundary conditions for the validity of the AI. Examples of applications for this type of attack exist within malware or phishing detection, but it could also be used to fool AI used e.g. for case handling. Of particular interest is investigation of public sector cases with a goal of providing theoretical recommendations to increase the model robustness towards evasion attacks, with concrete implementations.



The supervisor must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) and be employed at the level of an associate professor (or higher) at a Danish University.  It is desirable that you are an experienced PhD supervisor having supervised PhD students before in cyber security or in related areas.


The supervisor must ensure that one or more suitable PhD candidates apply for the project, for the project to be eligible for submission.


How to apply

Your application must contain:

  • Your curriculum vitae including relevant publications
  • Motivated application including a description of the proposed PhD project for a maximum of three pages.
  • References to relevant literature
  • A tentative project plan including proposed publications


Your project application must be compiled as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration and your application must reach us no later than 31 December, 2022 (23.59 Danish time). The application must be sent to


For questions about this PhD call please contact


About Centre for Cyber Security and DDIS

The Danish Defence Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (DDIS)) is both Denmark’s foreign and military intelligence agency, the Danish military’s security agency and the national IT security authority, that ensures a strong cyber defence. DDIS works to protect Denmark and the Danish democracy. We gain our knowledge through focused intelligence work, use it to asses, combat, and counsel current and future threats. We do this by obtaining and analysing information about situations in foreign countries that are relevant to Denmark and Danish interest. We value the strength of our diversity with profound professional competencies, and we are a unique operational orientated knowledge organisation with many different tasks, but common to them all is the knowledge our intelligence work creates. 'DDIS’s Centre for Cyber Security constitute Denmark’s national defence against cyber threats and we work for a digitally safe Denmark. We take part in discovering and handling cases where Danish interest are exposed to cyber-attacks and we gather, develop and share knowledge which can prevent future attacks.


Sidst opdateret 31. oktober, 2022 - Kl. 15.10