Research Associate/Senior Research Associate/Research Fellow (Compiler Developer)

University of Bristol - Department of Computer Science

This is a “rolling advert” with a nominal end date only. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received. Start date dependent on the circumstances of the successful candidates. Please can you confirm your salary expectations within your application.

Based in the world leading Cryptography Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting opportunity to join a strong team designing novel compiler extensions that support embedded software developers in their task to write and compile secure programs. Side channel and fault attacks are one of the main practical attack vectors against embedded devices, and the implicated industry are now looking out for novel compiler tools (extensions and/or add-ons) that help developers that lack cybersecurity expertise to detect and mitigate risks in their (embedded) software.

In close collaboration with the UK’s best known specialist compiler company Embecosm, there is the opportunity to work within the Bristol Crypto Group on novel, blue-sky techniques that have the potential to transform the way in which compilers support the creation of code that can withstand sophisticated attacks.

You will develop new ideas and approaches (in close collaboration with Embecosm) that help implement revolutionary techniques that are being researched by the Bristol Crypto Group. You will be expected to structure your work independently and contribute to the education of students by getting involved in (final year) projects. You will take the lead in designing compelling demonstrators and get the opportunity to interact with UK and international industry. All developed code and demonstrators will be Open Source.

You will have a first degree in Computer Science (or closely related discipline) and proven expertise in engineering compilers (via a final year project or an industrial project).

No prior knowledge of cryptography is required, but we expect you to be enthusiastic about learning about implementing cryptography and cybersecurity as part of your role.

This post is offered on a full-time, open-ended contract with funding up to 31 December 2019.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Elisabeth Oswald (Elisabeth.Oswald@bristol.ac.uk).

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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