Research Associate in Hardware-Assisted Secure Data Processing

Imperial College London - The Alan Turing Institute

Fixed term 24 month appointment to start in January 2018 or 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 post-doctoral level) to join the MARU project, led by Professor Peter Pietzuch in the areas of systems and security research. The position offers an exciting opportunity for conducting internationally leading and impactful research work, which aims to solve real-world security problems in the context of big data. The project will be done in collaboration with a number of partners, including the Alan Turing Institute and the University of Cambridge.

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

To apply for this position, you must 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 big data management. You should have experience with the design and implementation of complex software systems in systems programming languages, such as C and/or C++.

You will need to have a PhD (or equivalent) in computer science or a related area. 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.

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 £32,380 - £34,040 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 EN20170365LE into “keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Applications must include the following:

  • A college 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 Georgina Tennant:

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