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Postdoctoral Research Program in Behavioural Models for Cyberinsurance 2017, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Publish Date: Mar 02, 2017

Deadline: Mar 06, 2017

About the program 

Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked society. TPM combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.

The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM).

The research group on safety and security science aims at developing evidence-based theories and innovative practices, in order to model, predict, visualise, and optimise safety, security, and risk levels. It does so by concentrating on the decision-making processes on technical, human, and organisational issues. This should result in proactive and reactive measures to improve safety and security levels while respecting other conflicting values and uncertainties. The methodologies are applied to a wide variety of domains.
Within the faculty, cybersecurity is a focus area across the different departments, with at least 20 researchers. This initiative is part of the university-wide cybersecurity theme under the Delft Safety and Security Institute (DSyS).

Job description

The CYBECO project (Supporting Cyberinsurance from a Behavioural Choice Perspective) is a cooperation of 7 European research institutes and companies. The project will research, develop, demonstrate, evaluate, and exploit a new framework for managing cybersecurity risks, one that focuses on cyberinsurance as key risk management treatment. CYBECO integrates multidisciplinary research methods from behavioural economics, statistics, game and decision theory, security engineering, and behavioural psychology in order to develop new concepts and models that are combined within a prototype software architecture. To this end, the project will also perform behavioural experiments and provide policy insights. Within the project, the TU Delft is involved in all the work packages and leads the work package on policy recommendations.
You will conduct interdisciplinary research contributing to the CYBECO project and assist in the management of the project as well as the coordination of the work package on policy recommendations. You will work on the project independently but in cooperation with at least two others. You are expected to seek connections with other sections/departments when relevant for the project.

Your tasks:

  • Conduct research and publish scientific papers relevant to the project
  • Contribute to work packages and associated project deliverables on behavioural modelling of cybersecurity risk and cyberinsurance, as well as limited contributions to other work packages
  • Lead the work package on policy recommendations (in relation with directives, standards and cyberinsurance services) and the associated project deliverable (2nd year)
  • Contribute to dissemination and exploitation of the project results, e.g. by acquisition of follow-up funding
  • Contribute to the supervision of master students graduating within the project
  • Maintain a network with other researchers and developers, within the project as well as in the broader community
  • Attend project meetings and relevant scientific conferences; visit other project members

Limited contribution to teaching is possible if desired.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree or approved manuscript in a relevant field, with at least four peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrable experience in two or more of the following domains (and affinity with the others):

(Security) risk management
Economics / game theory
Behavioural modelling
Incentive design / nudges
Policy analysis and advice

  • Demonstrable experience in or affinity with interdisciplinary research
  • Excellent communication skills for communicating research results to project partners, the professional community and the general public
  • Management experience and/or experience in European projects is desirable

Experience with one or more of the following methods is an advantage:

(Scientific) programming
Agent-based modelling
Influence diagrams
(Structured) expert judgement
Multi-attribute utility theory
Behavioural experiments

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. W. Pieters, phone: +31 (0)15-2788989, email: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 6 March 2017 to Dr. Pieters,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM17.003.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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