Open Positions

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £35,326 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Wednesday 08 December 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3572

We are seeking to appoint one Post-Doctoral Research Associate, to conduct cutting edge research covering cyber security and privacy in cyber physical systems. This research will tie into existing areas of interest within the Security Lancaster Institute, including work on privacy of cyber physical systems and the security of the Internet of Things. 

The successful candidate will undertake research to develop new techniques for the provision and quantification of privacy for cyber physical systems. They will have the opportunity to write up their results for publication and represent Lancaster University at external events. 

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with experience in relevant aspects of Computer Science. You must be able to demonstrate (via research publications) a research background in one or more of the following areas: Cyber Security, Privacy, Cyber Physical Systems and/or the Internet of Things. 

The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further opportunities over the course of this post. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 18 months. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Neeraj Suri, email: neeraj.suri@lancaster.ac.uk; Dr Matthew Bradbury, email m.s.bradbury@lancaster.ac.uk; and Dr Yang Lu y.lu44@lancaster.ac.uk

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Details

Start Date: February 2022 onwards

Deadline for applications: TBC

Interview Date: TBC

Academic Requirements: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in the topic appropriate subject eg., Computer science, systems security, ML, Networks etc.

Description

A wide variety of systems (in domains such as critical infrastructure, agriculture, and others) are either currently or are expected to incorporate resource-constrained devices in order to deliver their functionality. These may be in the form of stationary or mobile autonomous sensor and actuator IoT devices. Due to the required pervasiveness, it is important to ensure that these resource-constrained devices do not pose a security or privacy threat to the system. However, providing security or privacy guarantees is complicated due to the limited resources these devices possess.

For this PhD position, we seek candidates interested in developing novel theoretical foundations in the security or privacy of resource-constrained Internet of Things systems and the application of these foundations to practical scenarios. We are interested in the development and analysis of new and existing protocols and platforms, planning autonomous actions while taking the action’s impact on the privacy or security of the system into account, and techniques to implement multiple secure applications for these devices.

The appointed candidate will reside in the Systems Security Group (SSG) and will interact closely with the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Node in Security (TAS-S) project. Dr Matthew Bradbury and Professor Neeraj Suri will co-supervise, please contact Matthew with informal enquiries. Due to restrictions on the post we are only able to accept applicants with an existing right to work in the UK.

Further details and application process

  • Each PhD positions is for a three and a half years duration. Tuition fees are covered (for EU/UK citizens) along with a tax-free stipend for the duration of the PhD.
  • Candidates should submit an application following the instructions provided on our Applying for postgraduate study webpage.

Please note if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. For more information please visit our entry requirements webpage. We only need this evidence if we offer you the funded position. We don’t expect it as part of this application process.

Details

Start Date: February 2022

Deadline for applications: TBC

Interview Date: TBC

Academic Requirements: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

Description

The pervasiveness of the Cloud (see Distributed Systems Security CyBOK) also implies our increasing dependence on it to provide for the reliable and trustworthy delivery of services. As the Cloud infrastructure and its services are exposed to attacks, the need is to:

  • analyse the Cloud’s vulnerability to varied classes of attacks
  • to develop mechanisms (access control, authorization, attestation, multi-party computations…) to provide for resilience to attacks
  • to develop techniques to assess and measure the degree of potential disruptions
  • conduct testing and validation across the entire technology stack of architectures, middleware and services

We seek candidates for exploratory research in all areas of design, analysis and assessment of Cloud security and privacy.

Supervisors

Professors Neeraj Suri and Antonios Gouglidis will co-supervise and welcome informal enquiries

Security Lancaster Institute

The appointed candidate will reside in Systems Security Group which forms part of the Security Lancaster Institute. The overarching aim of the institute is to develop capabilities for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Centre will be driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter will be achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry partners.

Further details and application process

  • Each PhD positions is for a three and a half years duration.
  • Candidates should apply following the instructions provided on our Applying for postgraduate study webpage.

Please note if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. For more information please visit our entry requirements webpage. We only need this evidence if we offer you the funded position. We don’t expect it as part of this application process.