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Research Fellow in Voting on Ledger Technologies

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £30,688 to £39,992 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 08 November 2017
Closing Date:  Thursday 07 December 2017
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  034017-R
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a full-time researcher to the “Voting on Ledger Technologies” project funded by EPSRC under the “Applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies” call.  This post is on the topic of online voting, and builds on Surrey’s previous work on secure electronic voting.  The research will be to  investigate the use of Distributed Ledger Technology in supporting verifiability properties within electronic voting systems, and to design and develop a proof-of-concept system in conjunction with projects partners Monax (providers of the Ledger Technology) and Electoral Reform Services (who provide voting services). 
 
The Department of Computer Science within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international reputation for research and teaching.  Research in the department is focused on two main areas: Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering, and Secure Systems, with Surrey recognized by the National Cyber Security Centre as one of only fourteen 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, and distributed ledger technologies.
 
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 work under the direction of Professor Steve Schneider, together with Dr Francois Dupressoir and Dr Helen Treharne.   The project is also collaborative with King’s College London.
 
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 also have skills in software engineering for web applications, and an understanding of computer security and basic cryptography.  Knowledge of Distributed Ledger Technologies would be an advantage.
 
Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience. The post is available to start by January 1st 2018, and runs in the first instance to August 2019.
 
For informal enquiries please contact Professor Steve Schneider at s.schneider@surrey.ac.uk or +44 (0)1483 689637.
 
Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688)  to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).
 
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