Apply to the CISPA-Stanford Center

The CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity was established as a joint program by CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security (former the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability at Saarland University) - and Stanford University in 2016 and is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

New Call for Application! Deadline for the next application round is April 30, 2021. Applications will be considered and screened from now on, i.e., submitting applications earlier than the deadline is encouraged.

The Elite Research Career Program intends to offer the very best postdoctoral cybersecurity researchers a unique career path at two of the leading cybersecurity institutes in the world. The program consists of three consecutive phases:


  • a preparatory 1-2-year postdoctoral phase (Phase P) at CISPA, followed by
  • a 2-year appointment at Stanford University (Phase I) as a visiting assistant professor, followed by
  • a 3-year position at CISPA as an independent research group leader (Phase II).


Application period: The call is open until April 30, 2021. Please note: If we receive your application after the end of the indicated period, we cannot guarantee that it will be considered during the selection process.


CISPA is an equal opportunity employer and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications of severely disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given priority.


Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission.


For questions please contact us at: application@cispa-stanford.org


To start with the application process, click here!

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Backes
Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA)
Stuhlsatzenhaus 5, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Email: application@cispa-stanford.org