Research Associate

The Alan Turing Institute

The goal of the Maru project is to establish a new secure cloud computing model in which cloud providers can be fundamentally untrusted. The idea is to anchor guarantees about confidentiality and integrity of compute jobs in trusted hardware mechanisms such as Intel’s SGX, which have recently become available as part of commodity CPUs. A concrete outcome of the MARU project will be a new secure big data platform that (i) provides explicit guarantees about the confidentiality and integrity of compute jobs in untrusted cloud environments but (ii) remains compatible with existing programming models in high-level languages such as Java, Scala or R.

There are a number of groups working in this area, at companies such as Microsoft and Docker, with whom we will liaise.

The Research Associate (RA) will lead the implementation/development of systems code - in the first instance, for secure containerization of docker instances running stream processing platform, Apache Flink; to assist in functional and performance testing evaluation and comparison with other approaches, and in the preparation of conference papers reporting on the results; to contribute to the ideas in the ongoing project, including looking at potential longer term deployment; to consider different trusted computing hardware requirements that may emerge; and to plan the integration of any new ideas with the salient programming language platforms, as discussed.

The position is suitable to candidates who have completed a master degree in a relevant field, such as ethics, philosophy, political science, policy, sociology, science and technology studies, and computer science (the list is only indicative and not exclusive). Experience in a similar policy or related role will also be considered favourably for this post.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please head to https://www.turing.ac.uk/opportunities/ for a the full outline of the roles and application procedure.

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Please note all offers of employment a subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the UK.

Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk.

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