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PhD Student: Machine Learning and Security Job

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Date: May 13, 2019

City: Karlsruhe, BW, DE

Company: SAP

Requisition ID: 181069
Work Area: Software-Research
Location: Karlsruhe
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Student
Employment Type: Limited Full Time


SAP started in 1972 as a team of five colleagues with a desire to do something new. Together, they changed enterprise software and reinvented how business was done. Today, as a market leader in enterprise application software, we remain true to our roots. That’s why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality and spread opportunity for our employees and customers across borders and cultures.

SAP values the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering creativity and building lasting relationships with our employees. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce keeps us competitive and provides opportunities for all. We believe that together we can transform industries, grow economics, lift up societies and sustain our environment. Because it’s the best-run businesses that make the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Customers rely on SAP delivering trustworthy secure products. Therefore, SAP also engages in research on the current trends in software security as well as in educating the development organizations accordingly. The organization SAP Security Research takes upon the responsibility to prepare SAP’s future of secure products and delivers new security-driven technologies for SAP’s products and services. Our research is based on co-innovation through collaborative research with leading universities, partners, as well as SAP’s internal product groups.
Within this security research group, we look for a motivated PhD student to work with us on applications of machine learning in the context of security. This research work will be part of one of our projects on exploring recent scientific trends like deep learning on graph structured data in order to improve automated detection of vulnerabilities and attacks during both development and operation of complex software systems.
You will have the chance to work with internationally leading research experts on state of the art security topics leading to successfully pursue your PhD degree. In a collaborative environment, we expect you to research, invent and evaluate new security technologies, implement and validate your research results, as well as externally publish your findings on international conferences. You should have strong analytic skills, programming experience, an attitude to identify and solve research problems, and the ability to communicate your research inside SAP and externally in the academic community.
Ideally you have a background in IT Security with focus on threat detection. You should know programming languages such as Python or Java and demonstrate knowledge of machine learning technologies.
We will provide a stimulating environment, an international, motivated team based in Karlsruhe and Sophia Antipolis (France) and will give you support for finding an academic supervisor.


  • Motivation and dedication to pursue a PhD degree
  • Completed MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or similar 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++)
  • Hands-on experience and knowledge of machine learning
  • Good communication & writing skills (Fluent English, German is a plus)
  • Team Player, flexible & dedicated

Please tell us if you have experiences 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, deliver high-class research, while at the same time, demonstrate the applicability of the research results to SAP’s product portfolio.

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 describe as well your experience and skills in foreign languages and computer programs/ programming languages.

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