PhD Student for Machine Learning and Security


Requisition ID: 181069
Work Area: Software-Research
Location: Karlsruhe
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Student
Employment Type: Limited Full Time


SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.
As the cloud company powered by SAP HANA®, SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. SAP applications and services enable our customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
At SAP, we believe in the power of collaboration and empower our employees to perform at their best in an environment that encourages free and open expression of ideas. You’ll work alongside creative thinkers who share your interests, while turning big ideas into reality for our customers. With innovative job training, mentors to help you grow, and the flexibility to balance your work and personal life, you’ll be able to get more out of your career. It’s no wonder that some of the sharpest minds from around the world are working for a company that is consistently recognized as a global top employer.
Now it’s your turn to take the next step and help make the world Run Simple.


Customers rely on SAP delivering trustworthy secure products. Therefore, SAP has to research on the current trends in software security as well as to educate the development organizations accordingly. The organization SAP Security Research has the responsibility to prepare SAP’s future of secure products with its research teams and drive product security within SAP product development. The Security Research is based on co-innovation through collaborative research with leading universities, partners, and SAP product groups.

Within the security research group, we look for a motivated PhD student to work with us on applications of machine learning to security and on security and privacy threats to machine learning.

Depending on the candidate’s profile the research work will be part of one of our projects on:

  • improving automated detection of vulnerabilities and attacks during both development and operation of complex software systems or
  • the investigation of new security and privacy threats to training and usage of modern machine learning algorithms as well as validation and invention of adequate protection mechanisms.


You will have the chance to work with internationally leading research experts on state of the art security topics leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. In a collaborative environment, we expect you to research, invent and evaluate new security technologies, implement and validate research results as well as document findings. You should have strong analytic skills, programming experience, an attitude to identify and solve research problems, and the ability to communicate your research inside SAP and externally in the academic community.

Ideally you have a background in IT Security, in particular with focus on threat detection. You should know programming languages such as Python or Java and demonstrate knowledge of machine learning technologies.

We will provide a stimulating environment, an international, motivated team based in Karlsruhe and Sophia Antipolis (France) and will give you support for finding an academic supervisor.


  • Completed MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or similar combined with a scientific interest in IT-Security
  • Technical knowledge about Algorithms & Data Structures combined with sound programming skills (e.g. Python, JavaScript, JAVA or C++)
  • Hands-on experience and basic knowledge of machine learning
  • Good communication & writing skills (Fluent English, German is a plus)
  • Team Player, flexible & dedicated

Your set of application documents should contain a cover letter, a resume in table form, school leaving certificates, current university transcript of records, copies of any academic degrees already earned, and if available, references from former employers (including internships). Please describe as well your experience and skills in foreign languages and computer programs/ programming languages.

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Please tell us if you have experiences as a working student or even as a young professional. We do not expect you to have any major prior work experience though this may of course be beneficial. We want you to integrate into a research team, deliver high-class research, while at the same time, demonstrate the applicability of the research results to SAP’s product portfolio.

To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.


SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical, sensory and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAP and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us at Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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