Acronis is a world leader in cyber protection—empowering people by providing them with cutting-edge technology that enables them to monitor, control, and protect the data that their businesses and lives depend on. We are in an exciting phase of rapid-growth and expansion and looking for a Research Lead for Autonomous Research who is ready to join us in creating a #CyberFit future and protecting the digital world!

We are seeking a full-time Research Lead for our newly established Acronis corporate research center. This research lead role acts as the group lead for a dedicated research group at the research center and shape cutting-edge applied research, helping Acronis to solve the cyber protection challenges of the future. The research lead manages a team of 2-10 researchers consisting of PhD students, scientific researchers, developers and interns. Each team has a dedicated field of research. Own research should be conducted as well, or contributed to some of the team’s research projects.

The vision of the Acronis research center is to conduct applied research in the fields of safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) and develop autonomous solutions and building blocks with the help of machine intelligence and analytics. The focus is on autonomous systems based on artificial intelligence, which can learn and automatically react to new events with little to no required user interaction. We also would like to widen the area of protection and expand research into other areas going beyond cyber and integrating physical aspects, infrastructure, communication and personnel into the holistic protection approach. The key areas for short-term research are Protection, Privacy and Analytics.

Potential research topics can for example include:

  • Self-learning, real-time protection solutions for high-latency environments
  • Digital anti-bodies which can initiate a temporary preventive lockdown on endpoints, applications, or resources
  • Self-healing workloads with dynamic configuration adaption
  • Automated privacy compliance verification and optimization for organizations
  • Privacy-preserving algorithm on encrypted cloud data
  • Federated learning and localized AI anomaly detection
  • Unsupervised learning and failure prediction on unstructured event data streams
  • Integration of physical elements such as CCTVs and access systems for cyber protection

We are looking for someone with experience in leading research teams, who is passionate and enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced, and global environment. Experience with artificial intelligence is preferred. You should be able to attract top expertise from the leading universities and maintain the corporate vs education balance for the Acronis research center employees. Also, you should possess a positive attitude, tenacious work ethic, attention to detail, and eagerness to learn and be challenged.


  • Manage a dedicated research group at the corporate research center with a defined research field
  • Help with hiring of project participants and students
  • Help with strategic research direction decisions
  • Develop objectives and design of research projects together with Acronis research board
  • Conduct own research or contribute to individual research of team projects
  • Develop and assist project manager with proposal writing and budgeting
  • Cooperate with universities and international research groups such as ETHZ, EPFL, SIT, Jacobs University Bremen and others
  • Prepare, organize and communicate overall progress and research results
  • Help with identification and submission of patents
  • Provide professional leadership to research team to ensure progression towards, and attainment of, key goals


  • The Research Lead must have a detailed understanding of academic and corporate research and an array of research and evaluation methodologies
  • 3+ years of relevant research experience in cyber security, machine learning or similar related fields
  • Knowledge of the cyber protection field
  • At least a Masters degree in computer science, information systems or equivalent experience, preferably in cyber security or artificial intelligence
  • Exceptional organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Embody all 5 of our company values: responsive, alert, detail-oriented, make decisions and never give up
  • Must be capable of understanding, developing, communicating, and expressing ideas with colleagues
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills in English


Acronis is revolutionizing cyber protection by unifying backup, disaster recovery, storage, next-generation anti-malware, and protection management into one solution.  This all-in-one integration removes the complexity and risks associated with non-integrated solutions and offers easy, complete and reliable data protection for all workloads, applications, and systems across any environment—all at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 2,000 employees and offices in 34 locations worldwide. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through over 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries and 26 languages.

Acronis is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.


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