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Internship: Security for Distributed Public Procurement F/M Job

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Date: Oct 9, 2020

City: Mougins, 06, FR

Company: SAP



Requisition ID: 266526
Work Area: Information Technology
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.



Maintaining security is a constantly shifting task, and we need to respond with continuous learning and research. The portfolio of SAP Security Research contains those topics that we believe are most important for SAP’s security future. 
SAP’s vision to secure business is built on 3 ideals: Zero-Vulnerability, to harden the software by eliminating vulnerabilities, Defensible Application, to enable the software to identify and prevent attacks, and Zero-Knowledge, to make any theft of data useless through encryption.
Considering these aspects, SAP Security Research covers the following focal areas: Anonymization for Big Data, Secure Internet of Things, Software security analysis, Open-source analysis, Deceptive application, Applied cryptography, Quantum technology, and Machine Learning as enabler for the next generation of security.


This internship is based in the SAP Labs France Research Lab, in Sophia-Antipolis. The work will be performed in the context of the Research Program “Security & Trust”, and deals with secure integration of Internet of Things with SAP HANA applications. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow to 50 billion connected devices and $14.4 trillion in value at stake until 2020. SAP is exploiting this trend and centers its IoT development on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform IoT Service. 
Until now, the backend (on-prem & cloud) deployments were considered as the single source of truth & unique point of access in regards of Enterprise Systems (ES). Nevertheless, a paradigm shift has been recently observed, by the deployment of ES assets towards the Edge sectors of the landscapes; by distributing data, decentralizing applications, de-abstracting technology and integrating edge components seamlessly to the central backend systems. 

“Moving toward the last mile of automation, in regard to Public Procurement, is of paramount strategic value to the French Government.” CIO, City of Antibes.

This paradigm shift strongly impacts the generation, deployment and execution of digital legally binding documents. In that context, Smart Cities and Nations foster the adoption of technology trends and hypes for lean and seamless procurement contracts. The objective is two-fold:

  • 1.    Compliance with procurement legal & institutional frameworks, with fraud detection, and proactive obligations & penalties management
  • 2.    End-to-end high-resolution management, for secure transparency, and semantical consistency & integrity. 

Next-Gen Contract Management4 goes along with periodic reporting, monitoring and assessment; risk management and real-time visibility and insights. On that respect, the concept of Ricardian Contract, as introduced by Ian Grigg in the mid-1990s, serves the materialization of such business objectives, while moving toward to the digitalization of legally binding agreement document5.

Automatic smart contract generation using controlled natural language and template
Secure Smart Contract Generation based on Petri Nets2
Designing Secure Ethereum Smart Contracts: a Finite State Machine Based Approach3
Auto-Generation of Smart Contracts from Domain-Specific Ontologies and Semantic Rules4



In this internship, the student will:

  • 1.    Study state of the art related to Automated Generation and Execution of Legally binding Procurement Contracts;
  • 2.    Design of novel approach for Secure Next-Gen Contract Management;
  • 3.    Implementation of a Proof of Concept demonstrating the feasibility of such approach on an industrial use case.

We expect that 60% of time will be dedicated to development and 40% to research activities


  • University Level: Last year of MSc in Computer Science or beyond
  • C, Python, Solidity
  • Experience on Smart Contracts, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity
  • Fluency in English (working language)
  • Abilities in organizing meeting and contacting people
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to write documents in English, ability to synthesize


  • None required


Success is what you make it. At SAP, we help you make it your own. A career at SAP can open many doors for you. If you’re searching for a company that’s dedicated to your ideas and individual growth, recognizes you for your unique contributions, fills you with a strong sense of purpose, and provides a fun, flexible and inclusive work environment – apply now.

To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

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Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.

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