Full-time researcher - Automated red teaming - DAP/22-13

Jan 4, 2024 by Arbia Riahi | 827 views

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In the framework of the study DAP22-13 “Automated red teaming”, we are looking for a full-time researcher in cyberdefense with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, in Computer Science, or equivalent. shutterstock_1714003999.jpg


For this project, we plan to study and implement an automated red teaming capacity for cyber range based trainings. To that aim, the project will address the following requirements:

  • a language for describing attack scenarios;
  • a planner to generate attack scenarios;
  • an orchestrator to carry out the planned attack.

Main Tasks

  • Study and analyse existing languages for defining topologies, configurations, and attacks in order to propose and implement a scenario description language suitable for cyber range based trainings;
  • Analyse the state of the art on AI-based planning, compare available algorithms and implementations, in order to design and implement an appropriate planner for attacks in the context of cyber range based trainings;
  • Identify and compare orchestration approaches, select and implement an appropriate one for the specific requirements proper to the context of cyber range based trainings;
  • Disseminate the work and findings through reports, publications and conferences.

Required skills

Technical skills:

  • The applicant shall have a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, in Computer Science, or equivalent;
  • Training or experience in Linux and classical development environments (command line, git, ssh etc.) is required;
  • Training or experience in Java or Python programming language is highly recommended;
  • Training or experience in cyber security is an added value.

Personal skills:

  • You can develop software autonomously;
  • You always try to achieve a high level of quality;
  • You can conduct scientific research studying / analyzing existing solutions and proposing new ideas;
  • You are involved and focused on results;
  • You can communicate your results in a clear, concise and precise manner;
  • You can work in a team, focus its objectives, and improve its functioning;
  • You take initiatives to improve your own skills;
  • You are honest, loyal toward the institution and respect confidentiality;
  • You can integrate yourself in a multidisciplinary research unit.

Other skills:

  • The applicant shall have good knowledge of English (oral / written);
  • Minimum knowledge of French or Dutch is recommended (collaboration with peers).

Specific requirement:

  • The researcher may be exposed to classified information and will therefore have to obtain the required security clearance. The candidate must consent with the background check required to obtain this clearance, which will be executed by Belgian Defense.


You will be working in a military environment. That is why everyone is expected to undergo a security verification. Please add to your application the filled out document. The form can be downloaded from: https://www.rma.ac.be/nl/aanvraag-veiligheidsverificatie

Send by email:

  • a motivational letter;
  • a CV;
  • a scan of your ID card (both sides) / Passport;
  • the filled out security document.

to Mrs Arbia RIAHI (a.riahi@cylab.be) and to Mrs Helena BRUYNINCKX (erm-deao-rswo@mil.be). Please mention clearly the reference of the project: “DAP22-13”.

Application deadline: 28 January 2024.

The interviews will take place at the Royal Military Academy, Hobbemastraat 8, 1000 Brussels. In case of non-Belgian application, on-line interviews will take place. The date and time of the interview will be communicated to the preselected candidates.


  • Probable date of recruitment: ASAP, in consultation with the applicant;
  • Status: Full-time employment based on an open-ended /contract with the Patrimony of the Royal Military Academy (you will not be a civil servant);
  • Wage scale: NA11 (holders of a Master Degree) / NA21 (Ir or holders of a Master Degree in Engineering Sciences (Applied Sciences) or doctor’s degree in the same area of expertise);
  • Holiday pay.


  • Royal Military Academy, Avenue de la Renaissance 30, 1000 Brussels;
  • Occasional travels abroad for scientific conferences, etc.

Points of contact

  • Concerning the research project: to Mrs Arbia RIAHI (a.riahi@cylab.be);
  • Concerning the recruitment modalities: Mrs Helena BRUYNINCKX (erm-deao-rswo@mil.be);
  • For more information about the Royal Military Academy, see http://www.rma.ac.be

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