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2020 Graduate Programme (Cybersecurity and Data Science)


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2020 Graduate Programme (Cybersecurity and Data Science) Office location: Basel Department:   Unit:   Service:   Employment - Duration: up to 11 months Contract type: Fixed-term FTE%: 100% Application Deadline: 20/10/2019 Description

2020 Graduate Programme (Cybersecurity and Data Science)

Are you a soon-to-be graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s programme in computer/data science, engineering or a related quantitative field? Do you have an interest in the practical applications of modern security technologies?

Based in the heart of Europe, our cybersecurity and data science graduate programme offers practical project experience for up to 11 months. You will work on complex business-driven projects and problems designed to stretch your capabilities while using a range of state-of-the-art technologies to find solutions.

Specifically, we have an advanced cyber-threat intrusion analysis capability that we are continuously improving with new use cases. Using machine-learning models running on our big data platform, we can detect anomalous events in large volumes of disparate data (log) sources that we receive and monitor. The aim is to provide new advanced cyber-threat detection approaches to safeguard the integrity of our data and technology platforms.

You will work closely with our Security Operations Centre (SOC) team to identify new cyber security monitoring use cases. You will use techniques such as statistical methods, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to evaluate network/computer activity trends to uncover anomalous (eg malicious) system activity.

You will work with top experts from around the world and be part of a stimulating organisational culture characterised by effective collaboration, high-quality output and attention to detail. You will enjoy exposure to ideas and projects beyond your immediate specialty and will play a valuable part in supporting the wider central banking community. Joining us is not just about launching your international career; it is about doing meaningful work for the public good and serving the global community.


Programme duration:   up to 11 months
Programme location:   Basel, Switzerland
Start date:   October 2020


Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree completed between 2018 and 2020

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Interest in cybersecurity or data science and the application of new technologies relevant for the field

  • Experience in big data analysis on Hadoop, machine learning or artificial intelligence, gained, for example, in the context of the bachelor’s or master’s thesis/project


What we offer

We offer a unique, highly rewarding, international working environment that gives you exposure to a range of state-of-the-art technologies. And because of our status as an international organisation, we are able to hire globally and welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities. This is your opportunity to work in an international environment alongside colleagues from more than 60 countries.

If you are selected, you will receive a contract for up to 11 months (non-renewable). You will receive a competitive salary net of Swiss income tax, health insurance, return travel and accommodation in Basel.


Application process

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter setting out your motivation for joining the programme and specific areas of interest that are relevant to the programme. Please also provide us with the names and email addresses of two referees that we may contact at the appropriate time.

The application deadline is 5pm CEST on Sunday, 20 October 2019. Interviews will be conducted in November, with employment offers being extended in December 2019.


The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.

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