DC04 - Cyber Risk assessment for agri-data

The objective for this position is to develop an assessment method standardising security solutions tailored to farmers in distributed data sharing environment, enabling secure data access, attenuate cyber risks and provide a mechanism of authenticity of data provenance (ownership and data sovereignty). DR4 will map relevant frameworks, maturity models and simulate potential cyber risks using open data and case studies.

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Host Organisation: : Webgenesys SpA, Italy

PhD awarding University: National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland

Webgenesys SpA.

About the host organisation:


To read more about Webgenesys please check the website


The applicants need to meet several requirements to be eligible for this position.

Mobility rule: Researchers can be of any nationality, but they are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Consequently, applicants for this position will have to move their centre of life to the greater area of host beneficiaries’ country. Additionally, researchers shall not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention97 will not be considered for the mobility rule.

Doctoral Researchers (DRs) rule: Applicants at the date of recruitment, must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.


  • Hold a Master’s degree
  • Meet the admission requirements of the doctorate degree program of the corresponding university of this position
  • Language Skills: Applicants should have professional knowledge in (Scientific) English language and ideally basic knowledge of Italian
  • Knowledge of the following will be considered preferential: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Data Provenance, Data Ownership, Data Sovereignty; Programming in a language for data science.

How to apply?

All Candidates must apply electronically and follow the instructions to fill the details and compile the documents in one pdf file, following the order:

  • Completed application form (available at above online link)
  • Cover Letter
  • A detailed Curricula Vitae (CV) of maximum 3 pages
  • Master’s degree transcripts that are validated
  • Any additional documents that prove the eligibility for the corresponding doctorate degree program
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of current residency/residence country (i.e., official document with the applicant’s name, surname, and address).

Note 1: Please be informed that the application must be written in English.
Note 2: Applicants can apply for up to a maximum of three Doctoral positions.


All Entrust DCs will be internationally recruited for a period of 36 months, will receive full-time employment contracts, will be enrolled in a PhD programme and actively participate in the Entrust Training Programme. Entrust will provide training equivalent to 30 ECTS over the duration of the programme.
The candidate is supposed to study and pass successfully numerous of doctoral courses and to design and execute an advanced research project that will constitute the doctoral dissertation


Pierluigi Gallo Webgenesys S.p.A., Italy
Dr. Zohreh Pourzolfaghar – National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland

Secondment Plan:

1. Secondment to National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), in month 10 for 4 months – Risks classification and co-creation workshop
2. Secondment to Università degli Studi di Palermo (UNIPA) in month 33 for 2 months, to test the assessment process

Intersectoral Secondment supervisors:

Ms. Fracesca Saviella Benanti – Università degli Studi di Palermo (UNIPA)
Dr. Biagio Lenzitti – University of Università degli Studi di Palermo (UNIPA)

Contract Type: Fixed term- 36 months
Contact Term: Full-time

Opening of the Online Application: 14 March 2023
Application Deadline: 07 May 2023

For more information, please contact:
Associate Professor Pierluigi Gallo via pierluigi.gallo@seedsbit.com