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Reader / Senior Lecturer in Software Security

Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £51,800 to £65,572 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 07 February 2022
Reference:  085321

Reader / Senior Lecturer in Software Security 

 The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to appoint a Reader or Senior Lecturer in Software Security to strengthen its research and ambitious strategic growth within the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS). This appointment is on a full-time and permanent basis.

The Department of Computer Science has a world-class reputation in cyber security and regularly publishes at top-tier venues. The Department is home to Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) and Surrey is only one of 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). SCCS delivers 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 16 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 our cross-disciplinary research agenda in cyber security is delivered across the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and across all Faculties of the University. SCCS maintains close links with leading industries, the public sector and governmental bodies, leading to a strong heritage of real-world impact. Our Computer Science BSc programme has been running successfully for many years and continues to attract strong students. The Department offers Information Security MSc and Data Science MSc programmes with growing student numbers. The Department has made significant investment in its facilities with a new 200-seater computer science teaching laboratory, a virtual cloud computing platform, a secure systems facility and an HPC cluster for research.

We are interested in outstanding candidates with a strong record of publications in reputable international cyber security venues and, in particular for the Reader post, with an established network of national and international collaborators from academia and/or industry and proven success in securing funding.  

Research areas of particular interest include (but are not limited to) the following: software security, malware analysis, offensive security.  Applicants in related applied areas of research are also invited to apply. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate teaching in software development and programming paradigms on the Computer Science BSc programme.

The post holder will hold a relevant PhD and multiple years of research experience in academia, along with teaching experience in higher education, incl. in designing and/or delivering learning activities at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. Experience in successful PhD supervision is necessary for the Reader post and beneficial for the Senior Lecturer post. 

The post holder will benefit from a dynamic working environment on a leafy campus close to London, with access to world-class leisure facilities nearby. The role brings a substantial salary and generous relocation package, as well as a variety of academic and professional development opportunities.

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 February 2022 and the appointed candidates will be expected to start as early as possible after that and no later than September 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 the Director of SCCS, Professor Steve Schneider (

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance, flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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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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