23/06/2022
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PhD - Hardware Security for Smart Electric Vehicles


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    06/07/2022 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Diepenbeek
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    To be defined
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2022-446

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Following the pledges for carbon-neutral pledge and the Paris Climate Agreement, countries have pushed for smart electric vehicles (SEV). With over 100 million lines of code managing multiple safety-critical tasks like steering, braking, and self-driving, SEVs are becoming increasingly reliant on software. As software complexity grows, the number of issues affecting automotive safety-critical processes grows. Overwhelming SEV growth not only opens the door for better user satisfaction, but it also creates a fear of potential data theft and cyber-attacks like the Jeep-hack and the Charging station attack. With the increased availability of wireless interfaces and software integration, an attacker can get access to a vehicle's communication network and exploit vulnerabilities in Electronic Control Units (ECUs). Vehicle makers have logically separated in-vehicle networks into sub-networks to safeguard important systems against such attacks. However, attackers can still physically exploit numerous sub-networks and the CAN-bus. Thus, maintaining the sanity of the systems is an exigent task. In this PhD project, we aim to develop intrusion detection systems and hardware-level protection mechanisms that take on the challenge of protecting in-vehicle networks.

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Benefits

The successful candidate will be offered a PhD fellowship to become part of our team to work towards a PhD. This full-time mandate has an initial duration of one year which can be prolonged depending on competitive financing successes. The final goal will be obtaining a PhD after four years.

Eligibility criteria

  • You have a master’s degree in electrical engineering or engineering technology. 
  • You have good basic knowledge and hands-on experience in digital electronics. 
  • You can work independently and pro-actively, well-organized, accurate and stress resistant. 
  • You are analytical, flexible, result-oriented, customer and market oriented. 
  • You are an enthusiastic and enterprising team player with innovative ideas that searches for improvements, experiments with new concepts and solves problems in a creative and clear manner. 
  • You want to dedicate yourself to spreading the mission and values of the faculty: you are open to other cultures and world views and you are motivated to work internationally.

Selection process

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Nele Mentens, tel.: +32 11 75 17 62, mail: nele.mentens@kuleuven.be.
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Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven
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Diepenbeek
3590

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