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Welcome! We at CISPA strive to offer scientists, along with their partners and families a pleasant and friendly living environment. This means that at our research center, all of us are on first-name terms. Everyone’s equal here, especially when it comes to coffee (or tea) in the hallway.

Recruitment of highly talented students and young researchers in the fields of cybersecurity and privacy is a core element of CISPA's development and growth strategy. Finding the right people is very important to us. Maybe you're one of them!

Our goal is to hire, train and accompany future researchers in all stages of their scientific careers and to help them advance as learners, from bachelor's and master's degrees to doctorates and positions as young researchers at both postdoctoral and faculty level.

No matter if you’re just starting your career or already have experience, we want to offer all of you an inspiring, international and competitive, yet cooperative working environment for your research and education. We strongly believe that, here, you will be able to develop your full potential.


CISPA graduates are highly sought after in science and business worldwide. If you decide to pursue a scientific career at CISPA, we will support you at all levels of your career – either in Saarbrücken, our home state, or through our cooperation with Stanford University in California as part of the CISPA Stanford Center for Cyber Security.


We offer tenure track and tenured faculty positions in all areas related to cybersecurity, privacy, cryptography and artificial intelligence.

Post Doc

We offer positions as research group leaders or postdocs. Postdocs have the opportunity to work with the CISPA faculties on existing research lines and to develop their own research agenda accompanied by a CISPA faculty. Many former postdocs now have permanent positions at top universities and research laboratories worldwide, including Carnegie Mellon, Microsoft Research, IMDEA and INRIA.

PhD Candidate

We offer full-time positions as a PhD student.


You can also start your career as a research assistant or with an internship, or board our talented teams of the department for “Scientific Strategy and Support” or the CISPA administration.

If you have any questions, just contact us at We will put you in touch with the right people. We would be very happy to do so. Don't wait too long!


The CISPA-Stanford Center is an institutional cooperation between CISPA and Stanford University. It enables outstanding researchers to work at Stanford University as visiting assistant professors in the field of cybersecurity for a period of two years after their doctorate. When they return to Germany, they will continue their research as senior scientists at CISPA.


The Onboarding team members are the feel-good managers of CISPA. Onboarding  takes care of the entire hiring process, from job advertisement, the selection process, onboarding, personnel development all the way to professional offboarding. This exceptional support includes help in finding accommodation, a dual-career service and assistance in selecting schools and daycare centers for the children of new employees.

The Onboarding team is not only a partner for applicants, but for all employees. They organize team events and create a unique family start-up atmosphere with their diverse range of services and all-round carefree service, where the best talents from all countries can feel at home.


Our goal is not only to recruit the best researchers and employees internationally, but also to give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. At the same time, we strive to offer them the best living and working conditions. Of course, this also includes support for relocation and professional reorientation for our new employees' significant others.

We maintain an extensive network of local private and public employers in a wide range of sectors. In addition, our recruitment team offers support with your relocation, the search for suitable schools and kindergartens as well as cultural and leisure activities in the Saarland.

Contact Onboarding and Dual-Career-Service

For further information, don't hesitate to contact us!


Onboarding & Social activities

 +49 681 87083 1470


CISPA offers a workplace with state-of-the-art infrastructure in a rapidly growing organization with excellent accessibility by public transport. Employees enjoy flat hierarchies, short decision-making processes and independent work in a friendly team.

For us, the compatibility of family and career, and the promise of equal opportunities for everyone are an integral part of our staffing policy. Therefore, positions are generally also suitable for part-time work. There are open positions for faculty, postdocs, doctoral candidates and research assistants. All current vacancies and more detailed information can be found in our job portal. If you can't find the right position there, simply drop us a line and convince us why we need you.

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We’re proud of the cultural diversity at CISPA, thanks to our colleagues from all around the world.

Currently, people from the following countries are part of CISPA:
Algeria · Austria · Bangladesh · Brazil · Bulgaria · Burkina Faso · Canada · China · Cyprus · Egypt · France · Germany · Gambia · Greece · Hungary · India · Iraq · Iran · Israel · Italy · Jordan · Lebanon · Netherlands · Nigeria · Pakistan · Palestine · Poland · Romania · Russia · Sweden · Taiwan · Turkey · Vietnam


Here are some answers to questions that have reached us over and over in the past months.

Of Course. Our mission, in a nutshell, is this: We want to construct the digital world of the future from the ground up and make it safer through innovative, cutting-edge research. That’s it! But wait: To achieve this, it’s important that our center will keep growing, to more than 800 employees with no less than 60 Faculty and research group leaders. Does that  sound interesting?

Honestly, it’s great. Sure, everyone is saying that about themselves. But really: at CISPA, you will work at a brilliant institution with some of the brightest minds in their respective research areas. These are people who want to see you succeed, to see you go far in your career. As for us, we want to climb to the top of cybersecurity-research-mountain. And sometimes it can also be quite wild and free. Think start-up culture. But that’s ok, it’s important to be creative.

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