Against the backdrop of the energy transition, one of the most dynamic energy research locations in Germany is currently being created in Cottbus. As a young, up-and-coming university, the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), which has traditionally focused on energy research, is playing a central role in this structural development process. In the new "Energy Innovation Center" (EIZ), more than 70 scientists* at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg are conducting research together with an interdisciplinary partner network on innovative solutions and technologies for a climate-neutral energy supply in Lusatia and worldwide. 

We would like to expand our team at the Chair of IT-Security at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. For this purpose, we are looking for an exceptionally qualified  

Research Associate „Cyber Security and Privacy in Intelligent Energy Systems“

Reference Number: 41/23

That's what it's about:

With the energy turnaround, the German government has set itself an ambitious goal, the achievement of which will require a fundamental transformation of our energy systems. As a traditional center for lignite mining and power generation, Lusatia is challenged to reposition itself. The Energy Innovation Center (EIZ) at the BTU addresses this challenge both on a global and regional level by accompanying the global transformation of the energy sector and thereby (co-)establishing and (co-)securing regional technology leadership for science and industry as well as the start-up competence of Lusatia. The focus is on the selective networking of the various energy systems and sectors as well as the different system actors and a direct promotion of innovation and start-up activities in Lusatia.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the EIZ in an initial phase over a period of four years with around 25.5 million euros. At the same time, novel laboratory infrastructures worth a further 18.5 million euros are to be funded by the Investment Bank of the State of Brandenburg (ILB). Over a period of ten years, the further development of the EIZ into a powerful and innovative network is to be financed with a total of 96 million euros.

These are your responsibilities

Implementation of scientific work in the field of anomaly detection, IT security and privacy protection in the EIC subproject Cyber Security and Privacy in Intelligent Energy Systems.

Together with our project partners from science and industry, you will work on the research project. Furthermore, you will work on research-related administrative tasks. You will also actively participate in current discussions on IT security in energy systems of the future and developments by publishing in scientific journals and presenting your research results at international conferences.

Your Skills

A scientific university degree (accredited master's/university diploma or equivalent) in a field relevant to the activity (computer science, electrical engineering, or comparable). You have a very good command of written and spoken English. Very good knowledge of German is an advantage.

A strong ability to work scientifically, an independent, goal-oriented and forward-looking way of working, high resilience and flexibility as well as communication skills and creativity round off your profile.

Our Offer

  • Co-creation of one of the most exciting and dynamic research projects in structural development with international appeal
  • modeernrinfrastructure with high development and design potential as well as an international team
  • Participation in international conferences with corresponding publications and a travel budget
  • Wide-ranging possibilities for flexible working hours, such as home office, to enable a better compatibility of family and career and to achieve a higher level of satisfaction through more personal responsibility in the design and execution  of your work.

Become a part of the BTU family. We look forward to meeting you.

BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and  strives for a balanced gender ratio in all employee groups. Persons with a severe disability and these employees are given priority if they  are equally suitable.

The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply.

The submission of application photos is waived.

Please note the more detailed information on the selection procedure on the website of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andriy Panchenko; E-Mail: itsec-jobs.informatik(at)

The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and strives for a balanced gender ratio in all employee groups. Persons with a severe disability as well as persons of equal status will be given priority in the case of equal suitability.

The submission of application photos is not required.

Please note the more detailed information on the selection process on the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg website.

Please send your application documents in a PDF document, stating the reference number, exclusively by e-mail by 06.10.2023 to the Head of the Department of IT Security, Prof. Andriy Panchenko, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, e-mail: itsec-jobs.informatik(at)

Publication date: 14.03.2023

Valid until: 06.10.2023