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Joining ALFA

2017 UPDATE: ALFA is soliciting applications for a postdoc and a graduate student. See below.

 

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ALFA Group welcomes graduate and undergraduate students, visitors, and guests regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or disability status
 

Already an MIT Student

If you are already an MIT student and want to join ALFA, see MIT UROP, MEng and UAP Projects page for UROP, AUP/UAP, MEng project listings.

 


PhD Student Research Assistantship

  • Funded PhD student research assistantship
  • In machine learning for cybersecurity
  • Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Deadline for PhD program application: 15th of December, 2017
  • Start Date: Fall 2018

We have an opening for a top class PhD student  interested in understanding the adversarial dynamics that drive the security arms race between cyber attacks and defenses. We investigate techniques at the intersection of coevolutionary algorithms and genetic programming for security applicatios.  One of our projects, named RIVALS ,is focused on extreme DDOS attacks and DDOS-resilient peer to peer networks. Others consider the effectiveness of network enclaves, deception and malware detection. We are supported by the USA Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, Crowdstrike, Crossword Cybersecurity and the MIT CSAIL Cybersecurity Initiative.
 
Applicants must apply through MIT’s graduate program admissions process for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The admission application deadline is Dec 15, 2017. Mention interest in these topics and studying under Dr. O'Reilly in your application (e.g. statement of purpose,)  See  https://www.eecs.mit.edu/academics-admissions/graduate-program/admissions for study starting in Sept 2018.

For informal inquiries, email alfa-apply at csail.mit.edu


 

Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Potential post-docs should contact Una-May O'Reilly through alfa-apply@csail.mit.edu It is very important when you contact us to clearly and concisely identify areas of mutual interest and provide information about your background. Having a face to face relationship with in the group in is strongly in your favor. The group has rotating funding for a modest number of post doctoral associate positions. Others are welcome if they can earn funding from other sources such as research foundations in their own country. Examples are NSERCs in Canada, NSFs from the USA, etc. In these situations a letter of support may be required during your application process. That can be provided should the project match well with ALFA. In yet other situations, post-docs apply after they have a scholarship. Be aware that post-doc fellowships that are funded outside MIT are usually (but not always) subject to extra CSAIL specific fees to cover visa processing and/or resources usage which implies either Dr. O'Reilly must cover these costs or your scholarship should. As well, having an award in hand does not guarantee an invitation to join. We have limited resources and need to see matching interests.

 


Short Term Visits

Students

On very rare occasions, outside thesis work can be conducted over a short visit. Note that for these visits, usually the visitor must cover all costs including MIT visiting student tuition, CSAIL specific fees to cover visa processing and resources usage. Generally you must be willing to work on a project of mutual interest, with our software libraries and infrastructure.

Faculty Visitors

We welcome visits from our colleagues in academia. We are most interested in visitors whose research agenda closely aligns with our own or whom we have personally met through conferences, workshop and related travel. Note that visitor fees are not usually imposed upon short term faculty visits.

On very selective occasions, outside thesis work can be conducted over a short visit. Note that for these visits, the visitor must cover the costs including CSAIL specific fees to cover visa processing and resources usage. Generally you must be willing to work on a project of mutual interest, with our software libraries and infrastructure.

Unfortunately we don't always have the time to reply to every unsolicited request. Please don't be offended, we just don't have enough time.

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