Vacancy No. 233/2024

Postdoc Position (f/m/d) in “Building Healthcare Resilience Against Cyber-Attacks”

Job description

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

The Institute of Information Security and Dependability (KASTEL) offers a fully funded research assistant position in the Helmholtz project “Building Healthcare Resilience Against Cyber-Attacks” at the earliest possible date.

In recent years, the number and severity of cyber-attacks against healthcare providers and hospitals worldwide have increased significantly, resulting in blocked access to patient data and critical services, appointment cancellations, and closed emergency departments. This Helmholtz project is dedicated to making an entire hospital network more resilient to future cyber threats by developing a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach. This project aims to use operations research methods to support decisions on selecting and implementing a range of appropriate preparation and response measures for an interdependent hospital network to become resilient in the event of cyber-attacks.         

Your main tasks and responsibilities within this project are:  

  • Conduct academic research which will lead to high quality scientific publications in the field of operations research and business analytics
  • Contribute to projects with academic and industrial partners, e.g. KASTEL, Imperial College London, hospitals in Germany etc.
  • Assist in teaching activities of the department


Personal qualification
  • We welcome candidates with a PhD in any field that has a quantitative focus, including but not limited to operations research, business analytics, data analytics, mathematics, and related disciplines
  • Expertise in stochastic programming or robust optimization
  • Affinity to data
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with databases desirable
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work independently, take initiative and show enthusiasm
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English, German not require

We are looking for candidates with a strong drive and keen interest in conducting meaningful and innovative research.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute of Information Security and Dependability (KASTEL)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

2 years 

Application up to

Applications with curriculum vitae, cover letter, and transcript of records until 07.06.2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Emilia Grass,



Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 233/2024 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Ms König
phone: +49 721 608-25011,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.