Interdisciplinary Centre Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)

Every day, we develop solutions that shape the future.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Reliability, Security and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg is characterised by its double focus on fundamental and applied research. We define our work by focusing on excellence in scientific research, and we give it context through partnerships with industry, government, and international partners. Our researchers are active in several international research projects funded by the EU and the European Space Agency.

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ICT Research at the Service of Society

Interdisciplinarity is part of our DNA: we conduct complex ICT projects using multiple technical approaches, and regularly collaborate with several other entities at the University of Luxembourg, at a local level, and abroad.

For instance, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we worked together with our colleagues at LCSB, FSTM and FDEF to conduct research on the epidemiological, technological and regulatory aspects of the pandemic with the support of the local Luxembourg Research Fund (FNR).

We attract top talent from around the world, and I am proud to lead such a skilled and diverse team.”

Björn Ottersten

Director of SnT

Every SnT experience is international. Our talent join us from all four corners of the globe, making the centre a rich environment full of cross-cultural connections. At the end of their time with us, an average 40% of our alumni find success in Luxembourg, and even more travel on to new positions at universities and companies around the world.

We invite researchers from diverse academic backgrounds to contribute to our projects in areas such as: Network Security, Information Assurance, Model-driven Security, Cloud Computing, Cryptography, Satellite Systems, Vehicular Networks, and ICT Services & Applications.

Why Choose SnT?

Discover all the Benefits of Working with Us

Take the next step in your career.

Expand your academic network. Collaborate with some of the brightest minds in ICT research.

Create a professional network. Get to know the companies and public institutions we work with through our Partnership Programme and our flagship events: Partnership Day. This is where the small size of the Grand Duchy comes in handy: did you ever get a chance to talk about your research with a CEO or a minister before?

Travel to conferences. SnT actively encourages its research staff to attend relevant conferences around the world. This is our commitment to excellence and to helping you create a solid network.

Receive the tools and support you need.

Exciting infrastructure and unique labs. At SnT, you can take a walk on the moon, build your own satellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better. We have two campus locations so you get the best of both worlds.

Multiple funding sources available. The University supports researchers in acquiring funding from national, European and private sources. Check SnT’s latest FNR, EU and ESA Projects here.

Comprehensive research facilitation. At SnT research teams get reliable and extensive support for all administrative tasks, such as finding funding and writing proposals.

Enjoy outstanding benefits.

Competitive salary packages. The University offers paid doctoral positions, fixed-term contracts, and permanent positions.

Time to disconnect and to care about family. You have 32 days of annual leave to rest and recuperate, in addition to 11 days of public holidays, generous maternity and parental leave, and 40 hours of personal time off every year for personal appointments.

Top-notch health insurance. Every University employee is automatically enrolled in the Caisse Nationale de la Santé (CNS), offering coverage in Luxembourg and in the European Union. You can also complement this already excellent health insurance with additional, private add-ons.

Subsidised eating. The University offers subsidised lunch vouchers to its staff, and if you’re a doctoral researcher: your meals are comped at a reduced price at University restaurants – bon appetit!

Benefit from our strong community.

Hello, world! Be part of a multicultural family: at SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. English is our official working language, but you’ll hear many different languages everyday.

#teamwork. We value our dynamic company culture, so be prepared for teambuilding events, networking activities and more.

We keep our doors open. Chat with our professors, ask a technician to tour our Lunalab. Grab lunch with a tech transfer expert. Everyone is accessible to anyone.

Fun perks.

Learn new skills. The University offers a wide range of extra classes to aid your professional development, like writing scientific publications or giving a scientific talk. You will never stop learning!

Moien. Bonjour. Hallo. The University offers complimentary language classes, and you can even get ECTS credits! Learn one, two, or all of the country’s home languages 100% for free.

Get active, creative, and unwind. A wide range of complimentary sports and wellbeing courses, art workshops, cultural events, as well as access to musical, theatre and dance ensembles, await you.

Doctoral Researchers

Why choose SnT for your PhD?

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth and highly qualified talent.

Conducting a PhD at SnT offers candidates the chance of integrating a world-class research community, and access a local and global network comprising both industry and academia.

What Our Alumni Think

“Two things really stand out to me as being unique to SnT looking back now.

First was the small size of the research teams. I really enjoyed working in a team where we all knew each other. Second was the opportunities for international collaboration.

Beyond my collaboration with the University of Nancy, I worked closely with Purdue University (US). I’d say SnT was more like an international family than a big university.”


Head of Network and Information Systems’ Security (NISS) at Institut Luxembourgeois de Régulation

Thesis Opportunities

SnT offers Master thesis projects up to 6 months in an international and research-intensive environment. You will be working closely with our researchers on a thesis topic linked to one of our research projects. Upon agreement with your host institution, SnT can cover your additional expenses up to 850 EUR/month.


  • Enrollment in a Masters level program at a recognized university
  • Strong academic background as required by the project
  • Valid stay permit in Luxembourg if non-EU citizen
  • Adequate knowledge of English

Applications: If you are interested in one of the projects below, please submit an application (CV, cover letter, transcripts) to the contact email indicating during which period you wish to start the project.

List of projects:

  • Master Thesis in Software Security
  • Master Thesis in Software Repair
  • Master Thesis in Explainable Software
  • Master Thesis in Natural Language Processing