The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is Germany's university excellence center for digital engineering ( The joint digital engineering faculty of the University of Potsdam and the HPI offers a unique and particularly practical engineering degree in computer science. The HPI conducts internationally recognized university research. The teaching and research focuses on the basics and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems.

In the course of its strong growth, the Hasso Plattner Institute is looking to recruit several


Research Assistant / PhD student (m/f/x) 

Actively defending applications in the cloud 


The position is initially limited to one year and fulltime (renewal possible).


 In a joint project of the Hasso Plattner Institute and SAP AG, one position for a research assistant is available. Topic of the project is Actively defending applications in the cloud.

Cyber security in organizations today mostly focuses on preventive defenses as well as response plans to contain and remove intruders from systems as quickly as possible. This focus on quick resolution misses an organization's opportunity to gain deeper information about attacker behavior, intended targets, and available knowledge. This project will practically explore methods for active, dynamic defense in enterprise networks that can keep attackers locked into systems and applications for as long as possible while learning a lot about the attacker that can be used for further defense.


Your future tasks

  • Research in this project, interaction with SAP as project partner 
  • Participate in research group activities 


Your skills

  • A very good degree in Computer Science (or related programs), some experience with distributed systems or machine learning is advantageous 
  • Independent working style, both analytical and implementation skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English; some knowledge of German is helpful but not required 


What we offer

  • Flexible working hours
  • Remote work possible
  • Must be student at HPI
  • Start as soon as possible
  • Discounted lunch at Campus Kitchen One
  • A workplace at the HPI campus in Potsdam-Babelsberg (S-Bhf. Griebnitzsee) with excellent commuting possibilities to Berlin


We look forward to receiving your application documents including salary requirements. Please apply exclusively via our career page.


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

14482 Potsdam


Contact person HR-Recruiting:

Diana Kulhei
+49 331 5509-435