Professor of Smart Identity and Access Management

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.


Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a collection of services and enabling security technologies that help to enforce that only authorized individuals have access to online resources, such as web applications, REST APIs and databases.  The purpose of IAM is to onboard and manage the users, their roles, and the circumstances under which these users are granted privileges to access those resources. As the number of people, devices, and “things” increase, IAM solutions should become more dynamic, flexible and smarter in the way they serve users, regardless of their location and the devices they use. This line of research will investigate how to make IAM smarter using identity and behavior analytics, rules, statistical methods and machine learning for managing and monitoring the trust relationships across users, devices and resources.

Your goal will be to research and develop smarter IAMs that continuously and automatically adapt to risky situations to intelligently protect those resources without jeopardizing user experience. This research not only includes dealing with uncertain circumstances in an effective way, but also involves the development of platforms for monitoring and analyzing access patterns at runtime in an efficient and scalable manner.

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 research 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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