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Lecturer in Distributed and Networked Systems

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £49,553 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 16 August 2021
Closing Date:  Thursday 30 September 2021
Reference:  047721

Lecturer in Distributed and Networked Systems

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Distributed and Networked Systems to strengthen its research within the Department of Computer Science and to support the Department’s ambitious strategic growth in this area. The appointment is on a full-time and permanent basis.

The Department of Computer Science has a world-class reputation in distributed and networked systems with track record of publications at top-tier conferences and journals. It is home of Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS), and Surrey is one of only four institutions in the UK holding recognition from the National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence in both Cyber Security Research and in Cyber Security Education (Gold). A successful candidate will be joining the Distributed and Networked Systems (DANS) group within SCCS and will be expected to boost its existing research profile within the general areas of distributed systems and communication networks, or extend it in complementary or new directions.

Of particular interest are the following research areas: fault-tolerant, secure, and scalable distributed systems; emerging hardware technologies (e.g., non-volatile memory, RDMA, and SGX) and their implications for scalability, resilience, and security of distributed systems; content delivery networks, edge networks and cloud computing; scalable information diffusion and processing in networks and large-scale systems; programmable and space networks; complex network analysis including controllability and criticality; social computing and computational social science; web tracking and privacy; distributed graph algorithms; shared memory, concurrency, and transactional memory; and formal methods in the context for verification of distributed protocols.

Both theory and systems engineering focused candidates are encouraged to apply. Systems-focused candidates will be able to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, including a distributed RDMA/SGX/NVM testbed, P4 testbed for programmable networks, UK’s first testbed for space networks to emulate megaconstellations of LEO satellites (in collaboration with the Surrey Space Centre), high-performance computing cluster for data analysis, Surrey Blockchain Testbed, and 5G/6G wireless network testbeds.

We are interested in outstanding candidates with a strong record of publications in top-tier venues and an established network of collaborators from academia and/or industry. Experience with attracting own research funding is beneficial.

The post holder will hold a relevant PhD and have ideally post-doctoral experience along with teaching experience in higher education, including in designing and/or delivering learning activities at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. Experience in PhD supervision is beneficial.

As part of their application, candidates are expected to submit: a cover letter, a CV, a research statement with future research plans (up to 2 pages, excl. references), transcripts of grades, and two names for references.

Interviews will be held in October 2021 and the appointed candidate will be expected to start as early as possible after that and no later than March 2022.

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.

Interested applicants are encouraged to consult the provided role profile for the required qualifications and job specifications.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Gregory Chockler ( or Prof. Nishanth Sastry ( from the Distributed and Networked Systems group.

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We can offer a generous remuneration package, which includes relocation assistance where appropriate, an attractive research environment, the latest teaching facilities, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.


The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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