Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Computing

Salary range: £36,070 to £43,350 per annum*

Fixed term appointment for 12 months with possible extension to 31st December 2018

To start as soon as possible

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate (at the post-doctoral level) to work on the EU-funded SecureCloud project in the research areas of systems security and distributed systems. The goal of the project is to investigate new approaches for secure data processing in untrusted environments with the help of hardware mechanisms for trusted execution, such as Intel SGX and ARM TrustZone. 

The position offers an exciting opportunity for conducting internationally leading and impactful research, which aims to solve real-world security problems in the context of big data processing and cloud computing. The project will be done in collaboration with a number of partners from Europe and Brazil.

Within the project, you will be responsible for designing new hardware-supported security models and APIs for secure data processing, and implementing and evaluating experimental software prototypes. In addition, you will be expected to publicise your research results at premier systems security, distributed systems and database conferences and journals.

To apply for this position, you will need to have a strong computer science background and have experience, including a proven publication track-record, in one or more of the following areas: security, distributed systems, software systems and/or data management. A PhD (or equivalent) in computer science or a related area is essential for the role. Candidates close to completion of their PhD will also be considered*. You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

You will be part of the Large-Scale Distributed Systems (LSDS) research group. For further information on the group and related projects, see: Informal enquiries related to the position should be directed to Dr Peter Pietzuch:

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

How to apply:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at: (please select “job search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number EN20160373LE into “keywords”).  Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Applications must include the following:

  • A college application form
  • Please quote job reference number PPSecure on the application form
  • A full CV, with a list of all publications
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Jo Day:

Closing Date: 14 November 2016

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