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With 11,500 employees worldwide, AVL is the world's largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell and control technology) for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction, large engines and their integration into the vehicle. The security testing of modern connected cars becomes an essential part in the vehicle development process. The main purpose of penetration tests is trying to break the implemented (security) functions in the same way as a real attacker would do it. Therefor a set of tools is needed to perform attacks on different layers and systems.


  • Identify potential attack points
  • Define a set of needed tools for the different identified attack points
  • Analyze available security tools for the attacking vehicles with focus on Open-Source tools (e.g. KALI Linux)
  • Prepare a toolbox

Fields of study

  • Informatics/Computer Science
  • ​​​​​​​IT / Information Security


  • Experiences in IT Security & Penetration testing
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong Linux skills
  • Knowledge in automotive security a plus

Remuneration: The successful completion of the thesis is remunerated with a one-time fee of EUR 1,700 before tax. According to the Austrian Employment of Foreign Nationals Act it is unfortunately not possible to assign graduate work to third-country citizens (Non-EU citizens) who study at a university abroad.


Thomas Schober
Lead Engineer Cyber Security / DSF
Tel.: +43 664 6109826