Phd scholarship on Security at INRIA Sophia Antipolis

PhD scholarship in Web Applications Security and Privacy
INRIA Sophia Antipolis
to start between March and September 2015
The scholarship recipient will be funded for up to three years. The grant amounts to 1584 Euro net per month.
Web tracking refers to a collection of techniques that allow websites to create profiles of its users. While such profiles might be useful for personalized advertising, it is generally considered a problem which brings user privacy under attack. Whenever a user opens a new web page, she has no way to know whether she is being tracked and by whom.
The goal of this PhD thesis is formally state the security problems in web tracking and develop sound and practical tools to cope with this kind of silent attacks. Such tools will be based on static and dynamic analysis of client-side programs (usually JavaScript) as well as its interactions with various APIs.
Potential applications should have
* Master degree in computer science or equivalent degree
* a strong background knowledge in formal program semantics. Ideal candidates will have both solid theoretical grounding and experience in implementing theory in real applications. Knowledge of web technologies, language-based security, compilers, and, JavaScript language is highly appreciated.
* good communication skills and fluency in English (French language is not required), the ability to work both independently and in a team.
Your application should include a motivation letter, and a CV with at least two addresses of potential referees.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Tamara Rezk and Nataliia Bielova via email (,

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