Reader/Senior Lecturer in Secure Systems

University of Surrey - Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey invites applications for the post of Senior Lecturer/Reader in Secure Systems. We aim to attract outstanding candidates to the Secure Systems group who have a strong vision for research, an established international research profile, a passion for teaching, and who value collaborative research and working in a team. This is an exciting opportunity in a department that has an established reputation for delivering quality interdisciplinary and applied research based on strong foundations.  

Research in the Secure Systems group falls into three main themes: trusted systems, privacy & authentication, and secure communications. We have particular strengths in applied cryptography, protocols, verification, and formal methods. We apply our research in the domains of automotive, rail, democracy, and future internet & 5G, and are keen to extend more broadly. The post-holder will enhance or complement current research strengths of the group.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience, and should have strong practical skills and experience. A track record of producing high quality outputs and attracting research funding is also required. The appointed candidate will be expected to play a leadership role and contribute to Departmental activities.

We are looking for an academic that can inspire students through their curiosity for leading-edge aspects of technology. In particular, the teaching duties of the role include delivering high quality teaching to all levels of students, supervising undergraduate project students and postgraduate dissertations, and contributing to the teaching of security and other practical areas of Computer Science, such as computer networking, network security, web-based architectures, and concurrency. The Department runs a GCHQ-certified MSc in Information Security, which is the flagship programme of the Secure Systems group.

The Department of Computer Science embodies the ethos of “applying theory into practice” across its research and teaching activities. Its research activities are focused into two research groups: Secure Systems, and Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE). Surrey is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by NCSC. The University has made substantial investments in the Secure Systems group, and this post is part of our strategic drive to strengthen and integrate our core safety and security activities within the Secure Systems group.

This is a full-time and permanent position. The post is available from January 2018 though there is flexibility in the start date. The University is located close to the Surrey Research Park in Guildford and within easy commuting distance of London.

For further details and an informal discussion please contact Professor Steve Schneider, Director of Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (, or Professor Mark Plumbley, Head of Department (

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