Software-Design and Development

PhD Student: Security for Machine Learning F/M

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What you'll do


Are you interested in pioneering research that could fundamentally change the way machine learning is implemented in various industries? Do you want to tackle the critical security challenges posed by the widespread adoption of machine learning? If so, we invite you to apply for our exciting PhD position in Security for Machine Learning!


Our research project aims to develop novel approaches to safeguard the intellectual property of ML-based software and protect associated data using cutting-edge machine learning and security technologies. As a PhD researcher in our team, you will have the opportunity to study existing methods for secure machine learning engineering and contribute to the development of innovative solutions that can address the challenges faced by businesses today.


Through this research, you will gain valuable experience and skills in the field of machine learning and security. You will work alongside a team of experts in a collaborative and supportive environment, receive guidance and mentorship from experienced researchers, and have access to state-of-the-art tools and resources to drive your research forward.


This is an excellent opportunity for young talent researchers to make a significant impact in their field and contribute to a project with real-world industrial implications. If you are passionate about machine learning and want to work on a cutting-edge research project with the potential of shaping the future of Industry, we encourage you to apply to our PhD position. Join us and help drive innovation in machine learning security!


What you bring


  • University Level: MSc (top 10% performer in university will be favored) or engineering degree
  • Excellent programming skills (C/C++, Java, JavaScript, Python)
  • Experience in modern software development tools (Git, Docker, Debuggers)
  • Good skills in AI (Reinforcement Learning, Graph Convolutional Network, Deep Neural Network)
  • Knowledge of data privacy, computer security and/or big data processing
  • Fluency in English (working language).
  • Knowledge of French, German or other language is a plus but not a prerequisite
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel (mainly in Europe)


  • PhD contract of 3 years
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • Before applying, please make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for PhD


Meet your team


Security Research Sophia-Antipolis addresses the upcoming security needs, focusing on increased automation of the security life cycle and on providing innovative solutions for the security challenges in networked businesses.



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Requisition ID: 368779  | Work Area: Software-Design and Development  | Expected Travel: 0 - 10%  | Career Status: Student  | Employment Type: Limited Full Time   | Additional Locations: #LI-Hybrid.

Requisition ID:  368779
Posted Date:  Feb 3, 2024
Work Area:  Software-Design and Development
Career Status:  Student
Employment Type:  Limited Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

Mougins Cedex, FR, 06254

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