PhD Candidate for Security


Pursuing a PhD at Adyen means a perfect balance between practice and research.

We aim to exploit the latest research in the field or work towards new results to advance the state of the art. Moreover, we are not afraid to diverge from current research directions if we believe an alternative approach to be more effective in practice.

In collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, Adyen is looking for a PhD candidate to perform research in an ambitious, four-year program to change the way companies go about security by exploiting the billion log messages that Adyen produces on a daily basis.

What you’ll do

  • Develop new techniques for detecting emerging threats and attacks that are able to process a billion log events per day in real-time.
  • Learn state machines from large datasets of system and network traces
  • Identify anomalous situations and categorize them for follow-up evaluation by our analysts.

The project is a collaboration between the software engineering (SWERL TUDelft) and cybersecurity research groups (CYS TUDelft) of the Delft University of Technology, and industrial partner Adyen. You will spend approximately 3 days a week at Adyen and 2 days at the university.

Who you are

  • You can combine the academic and industry perspective of security
  • You will deliver the expectations of both practice and research
  • You are fascinated by security
  • You understand that information security problems need people-based as much as technology-based solutions
  • You have a MSc degree in Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence, can build large programs in Java or Python, and have experience with machine learning techniques

You like to:

  • Develop your skillset and learn on the fly
  • Solve problems and think about structural solutions, basing this on actionable data
  • Collaborate intensively with colleagues in security and other subject matter domains
  • Work in a technically highly challenging role in a very dynamic environment
  • Handle the freedom and responsibility to make your own decisions in a team context

The Adyen culture

Our people are our greatest asset. Our unique company culture attracts the smartest people, who take initiative & ownership and can truly contribute to our fast growth. We believe that you are able to reach the utmost if we give you freedom, opportunities and responsibility to build Adyen. Our culture is very informal and direct. We believe in teamwork, and don’t like egos and hierarchy. When taking a decision, we take them quickly but always involve others to further improve. We provide each other regular informal feedback and let everyone design their own growth path.

Ready to meet us?

If this role looks like your next challenge, apply by clicking the below link. We can’t wait to meet you!


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