Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is Germany’s center of excellence for digital engineering (www.hpi.de). The Digital Engineering Faculty, founded jointly by the University of Potsdam and HPI, offers a highly practical and engineering-oriented computer science study program, which is unique throughout Germany. HPI’s university research earns international recognition, with the main focus of its teaching and research on the foundations and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems.

The Digital Engineering Faculty, established jointly by Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Potsdam, is one of Germany‘s excellence centers in Computer Science and IT Systems Engineering. In the course of our ongoing expansion, we are currently seeking a




PhD candidate / a Postdoc (m/f/d) in the area of Cybersecurity Supply Chains


for our location in Potsdam for the

joint Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) x Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) project:
“Culture and the Supply Chain:
Transmitting Shared Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs across Cybersecurity Supply Chains”


 The position is fixed-term and full time.


Major international forensic reports have found that today in more than 60% of cybersecurity incidents, a compromise involved a breach in the supply chain. In this research project, we are investigating why security practices break at the supply chain border between organizations so that these compromises become possible, and identify possible mechanisms to remedy this.


Your future tasks


  • Research in the field of cyber security, specifically supply chain security and cyber security management as part of the joint HPI-MIT project “Culture and the Supply Chain: Transmitting Shared Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs across Cybersecurity Supply Chains”
  • Regularly attend HPI-MIT bi-annual workshops and present project work
  • Develop and implement an extensive plan for in-person and virtual collaboration with researchers at MIT involved in the joint project
  • Present written findings and conclusions in the joint project in the form of interim and final researcher reports and make available to all team members
  • Attendance and presentation of research results at excellent conferences
  • Supervision of master students
  • Participation in all research cluster and HPI activities, especially those related to the HPI-MIT research partnerships (workshops, online seminar, research team activities, etc.)


Your skills


  • An outstanding master’s degree (for the PhD position) or PhD (for the Postdoc position) in computer science
  • We expect eagerness to participate in team work, outstanding analytical competence, and strong interest in current cybersecurity research
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent command of both spoken and written English and language skills in German are welcome
  • A high level of dedication, independence, time flexibility as well as teamwork complete your profile as well


What we offer


  • A first-class, active and inspiring research environment
  • Experience with relevant technologies and methods
  • Cooperation with project partners and other scientists
  • Cooperation with first-class students as one of the best computer science degree programs in Germany
  • Practical research, real use cases and challenges in the big data environment
  • Free drinks (coffee, tea water) as well as fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Regular team events
  • Attractive employee benefits (corporate benefits)
  • Subsidized job ticket
  • Possibility for mobile working
  • Discounted lunch at Campus Kitchen One
  • You can use our external employee counseling service free of charge for problems of any kind (including in your private life)
  • Working at the HPI campus in Potsdam-Babelsberg (S-Bahn station Griebnitzsee) near to Berlin


Have we aroused your interest?
Then we are looking forward to receiving your application documents including your salary
expectations. Please apply exclusively via our career page.


Contact HR-Recruiting:
Diana Kulhei
+49 331 5509-435


Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3

14482 Potsdam