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Research Fellow in Cyber Security for the Distributed Digital Economy

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £31,866 to £35,845 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 28 August 2020
Closing Date:  Monday 12 October 2020
Reference:  035220

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a full-time researcher to the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security.

The successful candidate will work on cyber security for Decentralisation in the Digital Economy through technologies such as Distributed Ledgers, and with a focus on self-sovereign identity and the human focused aspects of cyber security.  

The project will concentrate on developing protocols and architectures for cyber security in decentralized systems for content provenance and content brokering, the initial scenarios to be considered by the project, and builds on Surrey’s previous work on Distributed Ledger Technologies.  The project is within the new multidisciplinary and collaborative EPSRC DE Centre in the Decentralised Digital Economy led by Surrey.

The Department of Computer Science within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international reputation for research and teaching. Security research in the department is focused within the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, with Surrey recognized by the National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. Our research concentrates 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.   The project is also collaborative with other Surrey research centres, with the University of Edinburgh and with the Digital Catapult.

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 cyber security.  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 after October 1st 2020.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Steve Schneider at s.schneider@surrey.ac.uk.

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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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