PhD Student (f/m/d) - Privacy-Preserving Analytics and Machine Learning

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What you'll do


SAP Security Research is looking for a motivated PhD student (f/m/d) to work with us on applications of privacy-enhancing technologies to privately gather and analyze data from distributed systems (e.g., IoT sensors, industrial edge servers).
Depending on the candidate’s profile the research work will be part of one of our projects on:

  • The investigation and development of novel, efficient cryptographic solutions for secure computation of statistical functions or secure training of suitable machine learning models. The cryptographic techniques to consider are, e.g., secure multi-party computation, garbled circuits, fully homomorphic encryption, or combinations thereof.
  • Improving the privacy of machine learning models or data sharing methods while maintaining useful utility for certain tasks with state-of-the-art anonymization, e.g., differential privacy.
  • Combining cryptography (for input secrecy) and anonymization (for output privacy), i.e., investigating and developing efficient techniques for secure computation of anonymized functions.
  • You will have the chance to work with experts on state-of-the-art security and privacy topics leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.
  • We are looking for a PhD candidate with a creative and analytical mindset who is keen on developing novel solutions at the intersection of privacy, security, and artificial intelligence.
  • Working in a collaborative environment as an active participant in our research team, we expect you to research, invent and evaluate new technologies, implement and validate research results, as well as to document findings.
  • You should have an attitude to identify and solve research problems and be willing to dive deeper into the theoretical foundations of new techniques where necessary.
  • We expect you to be able to communicate your research inside SAP and externally in the academic community.
  • Ideally, you have a background in IT Security, with a focus on data anonymization and/or cryptography. You should know programming languages such as Python or Java and demonstrate knowledge of machine learning technologies.


What you bring


  • Completed MSc or equivalent degree in computer science, mathematics or other relevant field combined with a scientific interest in IT security
  • Technical knowledge about algorithms & data structures combined with sound programming skills (e.g., Python, JavaScript, Java, or C++)
  • Basic knowledge about cryptography and/or anonymization as well as the willingness to deepen that knowledge
  • Basic knowledge about, and hands-on experience with, machine learning as well as the willingness to dig deep into current research aspects of the field.
  • Good communication & writing skills (We expect the successful candidate to be fluent in English and to have, or intend to acquire, some fluency in German.)
  • Ability to work independently and thoroughly
  • Team player, flexible & dedicated


Work experience


Please tell us if you have experience as a working student or even as a young professional. We do not expect you to have any major prior work experience, though this may of course be beneficial. We want you to integrate into a research team and deliver high-class research, while at the same time, demonstrating the applicability of the research results to SAP’s product portfolio.


Meet your team


SAP Security Research identifies and solves research problems relating to software and operational security, and shares its insights with others, particularly product groups at SAP, to drive advances in security and privacy. The group stays at the forefront of security research by tracking trends in security, and by co-innovating through collaborative research with leading universities, partners, and SAP product groups.
SAP Security Research’s objective is to understand new basic principles in research around Anonymization, Machine Learning, Applied Cryptography and Quantum Computing. We analyze the business value for SAP, refine the method and adapt them for SAP. By building prototypes and blueprints for productization, we support the SAP development teams to consume the research results. We are a young and dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers and PhD Students striving for new ways to protect enterprise systems.


Your set of application documents should contain a cover letter, a resume in table form, school leaving certificates, current university transcript of records, copies of any academic degrees already earned, and if available, references from former employers (including internships). Please also describe your experience and skills in foreign languages and computer programs/programming languages.


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Requisition ID: 345548  | Work Area: Software-Research  | Expected Travel: 0 - 10%  | Career Status: Student  | Employment Type: Limited Full Time #LI-Hybrid

Requisition ID:  345548
Posted Date:  Aug 13, 2022
Work Area:  Software-Research
Career Status:  Student
Employment Type:  Limited Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

Karlsruhe, DE, 76131

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