The Privacy and IT-Security Research Group ( at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the SISCOM Research Group ( at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya welcome and encourage applications for two PhD positions in the area of data privacy and machine learning to start in May 2021.

Being traded as a commodity, personal information such as our habits, interests, date of birth, number of children or home address, and even our daily movements, are given up these days quite often without being aware they are being collected, stored and finally sold to a wide range of companies. With the recent advances in machine learning in general, and deep learning in particular, the availability of massive amounts of such pieces of information is recently creating invaluable analytical opportunities. While the volume, velocity and variety of the data being extracted offer possibilities of unquestionable benefits, they pose at the very same time evident privacy risks to the individuals on whom data are collected.

The positions have a duration of 3 years and are made available through the projects PROPOLIS and “Big Data Anonymization”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and “la Caixa” Foundation, respectively. The aim of both theses is to investigate private-learning algorithms that generate accurate learning models and guarantee differential privacy (DP) with respect to the training data. The algorithms will be designed to allow both a centralized and decentralized approach, by providing respectively central and local DP.

We seek highly motivated PhD students
* who have completed or are about to complete by the end of April or May 2021 a Master's degree in mathematics or computer science;
* with excellent academic record;
* strong oral and written communication skills.

Candidates should send the following information to both Prof. Thorsten Strufe ([log in to unmask]) and Dr. Javier Parra-Arnau ([log in to unmask]):
* their CV (including list of publications, if any),
* and their academic record with marks.

April 1, 2021.

One position will be based in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the other in Barcelona, Spain. Please bear in mind that neither German nor Spanish is mandatory. Only a good command of English is required.

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