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Research Fellow in Trusted and Transparent Voting Systems

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £30,175 to £33,943 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 03 May 2017
Closing Date:  Tuesday 06 June 2017
Reference:  034017

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a full-time researcher for a fixed 24 months term to the “Trusted and Transparent Voting Systems” project funded by EPSRC under the “Applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies” call.  This project is on the topic of electronic 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. 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 the National Cybser 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, 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 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 for 24 months to start by September 1st 2017.

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 (£30,175)  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 (£31,076).

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