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Research Fellow in Secure Systems

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,600 to £34,576 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 12 August 2016
Closing Date:  Tuesday 13 September 2016
Interview Date:  Wednesday 28 September 2016
Reference:  032116-R

Research Fellowship in Secure Systems


The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a full-time researcher for up to three years. The Department has prioritised growth in the area of security research. This is a strategic post that is funded by the Department to expand the Secure Systems’ group expertise in security and verification.

The Department of Computer Science within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international reputation for research and teaching. In the National Student Survey, overall student satisfaction was 95%. Research in the department is focused on two main areas: Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering, and Secure Systems, with Surrey recognized by GCHQ as one of only thirteen Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. Its security related research is focused on protocol analysis, security verification, trusted computing, data privacy, access control, privacy preserving security, cryptography, distributed ledger technologies, digital forensics and human-centred computing.


The position offers the platform for the research fellow to work within a group and develop skills to become an independent researcher. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with Dr Treharne and Professor Schneider in the development or evaluation of security and safety systems (including IoT based Systems of Systems, distributed ledger technologies, transport systems, cloud architectures and data privacy systems). There is the opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to setting the research direction within this.

The fellowship allows for flexibility in the profile of applicants:

  • Practically-minded applicants who have good programming skills, experience in working in embedded systems, trusted execution environments and platforms, networking protocols and security, cloud security architectures and privacy schemes;
  • Applicants with a background in formal verification techniques and security/safety analysis.

Experience in both is preferred but in-depth knowledge of only one is expected. Additionally, an enthusiasm to learn about the other area will be required. We are looking for applicants that demonstrate strong research and analytical skills, have strong communication skills and enthusiasm for developing their own research ideas.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject or be close to finishing or equivalent professional experience. The post is available for 36 months, with some flexibility in the start date. For an informal discussion about the position, please contact the Head of Department of Computer Science, Dr Helen Treharne (h.treharne@surrey.ac.uk) or Professor Steve Schneider (s.schneider@surrey.ac.uk).

The application process will require the preparation of a research statement which indicates ideas about future research directions and how they align with the above research areas as a basis for discussion during an interview. The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and offer many opportunities to help researchers develop as independent researchers and also offers the opportunity to contribute to teaching.

Salary range: £32600 to £34576

Closing date: 13 September, 2016

Interview Date: 26 September, 2016.


The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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