ULB-LAB-202309: Cybersecurity lab engineer

Job Description

At the Cybersecurity Research Centre we have a unique opening for a lab engineer to work on topics related to secure Internet of Things and secure electronics for nanosatellites.

Department and Research Group

Located in the heart of Europe, in a dynamic area, the Brussels School of Engineering offers a multicultural, friendly and green working environment. In partnership with the Bioengineering Schools, it offers no less than three bachelor, 11 master, advanced master and two doctoral programmes. Each year, more than 200 civil engineers and bioengineers are graduating and able of playing an active, responsible and critical role as citizens in a changing world. Involved at the local, regional and international levels, the School actively contributes to the progress and well-being of society through applied and fundamental research at the highest level.

The BEAMS-EE department (Bio, Electro and Mechanical Systems – Embedded Electronics) is specialised in microprocessor architectures, RF localisation and sensing technologies, and ASIC/FPGA low-level software design.

The Cybersecurity Research Centre is a federation of 4 well-established research groups in the domains of network security, embedded systems security, quantum cryptography, and quantum transmission. Each group has strong international experience and collaborations with the industry. The research team is currently composed of 3 academics and 7 researchers with expertise in digital electronics, secure embedded systems, and network security.

The courses that are taught by the department are mainly in the field of analog electronics, digital electronics, microcontroller systems and/or FPGA systems, and regarding security and privacy aspects of these systems. Bachelor courses are taught in French, Master courses are taught in English.

Your Position and Research

We offer a 2-years contract to a Master-level engineer passionate about IoT systems, cybersecurity, and embedded systems. You will be working together with the research team by deploying and operating a research and teaching lab dedicated to the study of security, privacy, and dependability for IoT and space technology, in particular nanosatellites

More specifically, the following missions will be yours:

  • Choose and select the lab equipment required to have a fully operational testbed ofnano-satellite.
  • Help the researchers with traces acquisition, i.e., oscilloscopes, side-channel attacks,FPGA-based boards, secure electronics, among others.
  • Interact with the students in master thesis and help them for the implementation of their prototype
  • Be the link with companies in the space and IoT domain (demonstration of the lab, configure external access, perform the integration of their equipment for validation and security analysis)
  • Participate to the lab seminars with the researchers and organise some sessions (remote or local) with the researchers of the other universities.

As part of the University’s staff, you will be granted all advantages offered to our employees (medical insurance, retirement plan, paid vacations, etc..)

Profile and required skills

  • Master-level engineer or computer scientist, passionate about practical security, electronics systems (maker). Applications from an enthusiast, bachelor-level engineer with experience will be considered as well.
  • Autonomy, reliability, curious about research and new advances in the domain
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • General knowledge of programming (C, Python)
  • Good knowledge of lab electronics devices (traces acquisition, networking, FPGA,ESP32/STM nodes, programming of lab devices, etc.)
  • Being a EU citizen or in possession of a valid EU visa for the next year


For more information, please contact Prof. Jean-Michel Dricot (jean-michel.dricot@ulb.be) or Prof. Jan Tobias Muehlberg (jan.tobias.muehlberg@ulb.be)Applications should be sent by Tuesday the 31th of October. Please mention reference ULB-LAB-202309 in the subject of all communication about this opening.Applications must include the following: § 

  • a motivation letter (up to 2 pages)
  • your curriculum vitae including any relevant experience.
  • a note on your lab experience highlighting past work and achievements (personal orUniversity projects)
  • your study curriculum and diplomas

Equal Opportunities Policy

ULB’s personnel management policy is geared towards diversity and equal opportunities. We recruit candidates on the basis of their skills, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, origin, nationality, beliefs, disability, etc. Would you like to be provided with reasonable accommodation in the selection procedure because of a disability, disorder, or illness? Do not hesitate to contact Marie Botty, the Gender and Diversity resource person of the Human resources Department – SPES (marie.botty@ulb.be). Be assured of the confidentiality of this information.

More details on the ULB gender and diversity policy are available online. The regulations relating to research careers are also available online.