2 X Research Assistants/Associates

Imperial College London - Department of Computing, Data Science Institute

Research Assistant salary in the range: £32,380 to £34,040 per annum

Research Associate salary in the range: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum

(Maximum salary on appointment will be £41,940 per annum) 

We have an exciting opportunity for two post-doctoral Research Associates/Research Assistants to do theoretical and applied research on Big Data Security and Privacy incl. Differential Privacy as part of the OPAL project. This is a joint initiative at Imperial College between the Data Science Institute (DSI) https://www.imperial.ac.uk/data-science and the MIT Media Lab.
These are one year positions in the first instance, but there may be subsequent PhD opportunities.

The Data Science Institute (DSI) launched in April 2014 as Imperial College’s fifth cross-faculty Institute. The DSI provides a focal point for multidisciplinary data-driven research, supplying technology support for partners, and educating the next generation of data scientists.

The OPen ALgorithm project (OPAL) aims to develop a secure and transparent data-processing platform allowing large-scale location datasets to be used for good while preserving people’s privacy (http://www.opalproject.org/closer-look). Based on previous research by the Computational Privacy Group (CPG) showing the limits of data anonymization (e.g. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep01376), OPAL relies on an innovative model of “sending the (open) code to the data” and several privacy (incl. Differential Privacy and other formal privacy guarantees) and security (such as alg. verification, fuzzing) mechanisms to ensure that the data is used safely and anonymously. The project is developed alongside a set of operational partners with Imperial leading the development of the open-source platform and the research on data privacy and information security for the project.

You must have a strong interest in data privacy and information security, a good theoretical background in maths or statistics, and the ability to efficiently work with big data. Experience with private data analysis, privacy-preserving systems (PETs), or re-identification analyses and algorithms is a strong plus.

Key Responsibilities include; research and design, under the supervision of Dr de Montjoye, privacy and security mechanisms for the safe use of large-scale behavioural datasets such as location, research potential issues with existing data privacy and protection mechanisms incl. the design and development of re-identification algorithms and attack, supporting the implementation of the privacy and security features of the OPAL platform. 

To be appointed at Research Assistant level you must have a MSc (or equivalent) in applied maths, computer science, statistics, or a related subject. A similar background and PhD (or equivalent) is required for the post-doctoral position.

You will be based at the South Kensington campus. All applicants must be fluent in English.

How to apply:

Our preferred method of application is online via: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select “job search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number EN20170322LE into “keywords”). 

Please include:

  • A college application form
  • A full CV
  • A 1-page statement indicating what you see as interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

For queries regarding the application process contact Alice Ashley-Smith at: a.ashley-smith@imperial.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 13 October 2017

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