PhD position in cyber security economics

University of Twente
February 28, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2.541
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Security managers need to constantly take decisions under uncertain circumstances and have constrained budgets in order to make their organizations digitally safe. This PhD project focuses on developing data- driven tools and metrics for evaluating the security decision-making process of a business. The ultimate aim of this project is to aid managers in making rational security decisions. Would you like to help firms optimize the efficiency level of these decisions? Then this position may just be the one for you!

As one of the PhDs under Twente University Center for Cyber Security Research (TUCCR), you will work within the High-Tech Business and Entrepreneurship (HBE) department.

Your profile
  • MSc degree in Business, Information Technology or related field;
  • Excellent teammate in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists;
  • Proven curiosity about primary data collection and data analysis. You do not shy away from conducting interviews;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Proficient in written and oral English;
  • Able to do independent research and willing to develop writing and publication skills.
  • Our offer

    We encourage high responsibility and independence, while collaborating with colleagues, researchers, other university staff and partners. We follow the terms of employment by the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO). Our offer contains: a fulltime 4-year PhD position; excellent mentorship in a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities; and a personal development program within the Twente Graduate School. It also includes:

  • Gross monthly salary of € 2.541 in the first year, increasing each year up to € 3.247 in the fourth year;
  • Holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an end of year bonus (8.3%);
  • 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • Employee status at the UT, including pension and health care benefits. UT is an equal opportunities employer.
  • Information and application

    We will evaluate the applications continuously during the submission period. Please submit your application at the latest by February 28th, 2023 , and include:

  • Cover letter of at most 1.5 page A4, explaining specific interests, the motivation for the application, and why your fit to this project;
  • An academic transcript of BSc and MSc education, including grades;
  • Full Curriculum Vitae, contact information for at least two academic references, and if applicable, a list of publications.
  • Note that Master students who graduate in the coming months are also welcome to apply, and we can make specific agreements about the starting date.

    If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you can get in touch with either dr. A. Abhishta ( or mr. T.W. van Boven (

    About the department

    About the centre

    The Twente University Centre for Cybersecurity Research (TUCCR) is a public- private partnership where experts, professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, and students from industry and knowledge partners collaborate to deliver talents, innovations, and know-how in the domain of cybersecurity.

    The mission of TUCCR is to strengthen the security and digital sovereignty of our society by performing top-level research on real-world data and network security challenges. To achieve significant societal impact, TUCCR combines technical, socio-economic, and ethical know how and is equipped with state-of- the-art infrastructure, ranging from security labs, testbeds, data lakes, and dedicated attack-defense environments, such as cyber ranges.

    The Twente University Centre for Cybersecurity Research is a public- private partnership between the University of Twente, Cisco, SIDN, Thales, TNO, BetterBe, NDIX, NCSC, Vereniging Nederlandse Banken, SURF and Northwave.

    About the Department

    The High-tech Business and Entrepreneurship (HBE) department is part of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management, and Social Sciences (BMS). HBE holds a leading position at the interfaces of business, technology, and the social sciences. In our ground-breaking research and novel education programmes, we strive for making an impact in business and healthcare by conducting cross- disciplinary research. We combine various themes such as smart industry, supply chain management, transportation and logistics management, innovation management, healthcare operations, technology-based entrepreneurship, purchasing and supply management, cyber security, financial engineering, HRM, change management, and leadership.

    The HBE department is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive working culture. Our aim is that all job applicants are given equal opportunities. When we select candidates for employment, it will be on the basis of their competence and ability. To support the workforce diversity, we are open to offer flexible working conditions on an individual basis to support work-life balance, that may include contract of employment, working hours and location, or child care arrangements.

    Please have a look at our video to learn more about our department

    The High Business Entrepreneurship corporate video can be watched via this link.

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

    As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.

    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

    Want to know more? Abhishta, A. (Abhishta)

    Assistant Professor

    Abhishta, A. (Abhishta)

    Assistant Professor

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Abhishta for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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