PhD Position in Application-level Authorization for Cloud-native Applications

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Computer Science


DistriNet is an international research group with extensive expertise in secure & distributed software. Embedded in the department of Computer Science of KU Leuven, DistriNet brings together a substantial critical mass of +/- 90 researchers, including 12 full-time professors, 10 permanent research staff members, 11 postdoctoral researchers, and about 60 PhD researchers. The conducted research is systems-centric, always application-driven and often performed in close collaboration with industry (e.g. in industrial automation, healthcare, transport & logistics). The know-how of DistriNet formed the basis of multiple spin-off companies ( We are now looking for new colleagues to strengthen our research capabilities on access control with a focus on authorization for next generation distributed applications.


Your goal will be to research and develop capabilities on access control with a focus on authorization for next generation distributed applications and cloud-native applications. 
The topic is to be agreed and can include any of the following topics of interest:
  • API protection for (micro)service applications in container orchestrations
  • Authorization policies for secure application deployment in cloud-native applications, including micro-service architectures and externalized web APIs.
  • Dynamic and adaptive policy-based access control for ever-evolving cybersecurity threat landscapes.
  • Dynamic and adaptive access control policies for secure data management.
Your research may lead to a PhD trajectory in computer science, but this is not a mandatory objective.


If you share our strong interest in this topic and if you have
  • a master in computer science or equivalent
  • optionally some industry experience
  • an analytical mind and strong technical skills
  • a team player attitude and the capability to work in an international research team
  • excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

then you might be the researcher we are looking for.


  • a supportive and collaborative team in which you can develop know-how and expertise in state-of-the-art technologies
  • the opportunity to build up research and innovation skills that are essential for a future career in industrial as well as academic research and development environments
  • support in the further development of your competences to analyze strategic research problems and to architect and evaluate innovative solutions with industrial applicability
  • an international and multicultural working environment at the KU Leuven High Tech Campus.
  • the foreseen start date is between April 1 and October 1


For more information please contact Mr. Bert Lagaisse, tel.: +32 16 32 78 55, mail: or Mr. Davy Preuveneers, tel.: +32 16 32 78 53, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than April 30, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 30, 2020
  • Tags: Computerwetenschappen

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