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Early Career Fellowship in Cyber Security (Lecturer A)

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £40,322
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 12 May 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 17 September 2021
Reference:  026221

Early Career Fellowship in Cyber Security (Lecturer A)

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey seeks to recruit an outstanding post-doctoral researcher as Early Career Fellow in Cyber Security (Lecturer A), on a full-time basis, for a period of up to five years, in any of the following research areas within cyber security:

  • Applied cryptography, post-quantum cryptography
  • Formal verification for security and privacy
  • Offensive security, malware analysis, software security
  • Privacy enhancing technologies, secure multi-party computation, differential privacy
  • Security protocols for machine learning or blockchain technologies

The Department of Computer Science has a world-class reputation in cyber security and regularly publishes at top-level conferences and journals. The Department is home to Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) which is only one of four in the UK holding recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and Education by the UK government. SCCS has world-leading research expertise in applied cryptography, trusted computing, privacy and authentication, secure communications, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, and security verification. The Centre includes 14 academics across two research groups: Secure Systems and Distributed and Networked Systems, with around 30 research associates and PhD students. SCCS is leading the recently established Surrey Security Network through which cross-disciplinary research agenda in cyber security is delivered across the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and other University faculties. SCCS maintains close links with leading industries, the public sector and governmental bodies, leading to a strong heritage of real-world impact.

We are looking for a talented individual who is interested in impactful research and can develop their own research agenda, both independently and in collaboration with other members of the Department.

Successful candidate will receive support towards conference travel and equipment and will benefit from the collaborative, internationally focussed activities in the Department and its research groups. There will also be an opportunity to work with PhD students. We expect the successful candidate to become an independent researcher, take part in the preparation of research proposals, and provide teaching support on our taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

This position is initially for 2 years with possibility of extension for up to 3 more years. The Department seeks to establish a long-term career planning for the post holder, with appropriate mentoring in place, and will be encouraging proven candidate to apply for future permanent academic positions within the Department.

The qualifications required and job specification is detailed in the job profile. As part of their application, candidates are expected to submit:

  • a cover letter,
  • a CV,
  • a concept paper explaining own plans for research (up to 2 pages excl. references),
  • transcripts of grades, and
  • two names for references.

Interviews will be held remotely in September. Positions are available for immediate appointment.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and the Department is proud of its friendly and inclusive culture. The University and the Department specifically are committed to building a culturally diverse organisation. Applications are strongly encouraged from female and minority candidates. The Department of Computer Science was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity.

Applicants are encouraged to check the associated role profile for this post. Informal inquiries can also be directed to the Head of Department, Dr Mark Manulis (

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,866) 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 (£32,817).

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