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Thesis Work - Verifiable and efficient Rust production work environment

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 

 

 

Background

One of the problems embedded Rust tooling has is the way that project's dependencies are resolved and managed. Currently a project dependency is pulled automatically by cargo from crates.io or a configured crate registry in source format and then built and linked locally. This allows many opportunities for supply chain types of attacks, but also stresses unnecessarily the VCC (Volvo Car Corporation) infrastructure by forcing sources to be analyzed multiple times, compiled, etc. It also leaves the organization in a problematic position regarding reviewing and auditing the external dependencies not once, but in multiple instances.

 

Scope

We want to introduce a set of tools that are around or within Rust's cargo to permit secure and auditable binary dependencies. These tools must be able to build, sign, distribute and cross check the both the validity of the binary. Another topic is to create infrastructure and mechanisms to confirm that builds are verifiable and reproducible. For inspiration one may look at reproducible builds and the discussion and analysis that took place for the rustc compiler itself to create reproducible rustc build.

 

Do you fit the profile?

Do you like to hack and tinker with system wide functions? Do you have some experience with Linux, Rust, python, and docker? Do your studies include computer science, and/or electrical engineering courses? Do you have fun thinking how the Diffie–Hellman key exchange works? Are you worried about supply chain attacks and want to improve infrastructure of the Rust ecosystem? Then you must apply! We are looking for you.

 

Duration

  • The work will start earliest in spring 2022 (flexible arrangement possible)
  • The duration for this thesis work is 20 weeks.
  • 30 ECTS (academic credits) in agreement with your Thesis Advisor in University
  • This thesis is to be conducted by 2 students in tandem.
    Note that in case you do not have a partner to apply together, we may find you a partner

 

How to Learn More and Apply
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your personal letter, CV and grades/references for relevant courses/projects in English. Applications by email will not be accepted.

 

Welcome with your application by submitting your resume and cover letter no later than 2021-12-21. Interviews will be held continuously. Response can be delayed due to Christmas holiday.

Due to GDPR, applications via email are not accepted.

 

If you have any questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact Philippe Burlion (hiring manager) or Nikolaos Korkakakis (supervisor) at student-work.lund@volvocars.com. Use the exact thesis title as subject prefix.

 

Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 


Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Lund, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  55947

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