Research Fellow in Privacy-Oriented Cryptography

University of Surrey - Department of Computer Science

Location: Guildford

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey seeks to recruit an outstanding post-doctoral researcher in the field of privacy-oriented cryptography for a full-time position by February 2017. The post is part of the funded EPSRC project “TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry”. TAPESTRY will investigate, develop and demonstrate new cryptographic protocols to enable people, businesses and services to connect safely online.

TAPESTRY will develop a de-centralised registry that stores trails of users' digital activity and cryptographic protocols enabling users to share portions of their digital activity at specific granularities and to prove they are trustworthy without giving away excessive information that violates their privacy. The interdisciplinary project involves three UK universities (Surrey, Dundee, Northumbria) and is supported by companies (incl. Microsoft Research). Surrey is the leading project partner and is responsible for researching, designing and developing the underlying technology.

Successful applicant will be working under supervision of Dr Mark Manulis on the cryptographic research aspects of the project and will benefit from the environment provided by the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognized by the British Government. Centre’s research focuses on the design and analysis of security protocols, data privacy, access control, privacy preserving security, trustworthy systems, distributed ledger technologies, digital forensics and human-centred computing.

Successful applicants will have core skills in the design and security analysis of privacy-oriented cryptographic protocols (e.g. zero-knowledge proofs, anonymous credentials, etc). Experience in implementation of cryptographic protocols is a plus. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or be close to the completion of their PhD studies, be able to drive their own research direction and engage with project partners. 

Informal enquires are welcome and should be made to Dr. Mark Manulis 

Expected start date: February 2018. This is a fixed term position for a period of two years, ending February 2020. 

The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and offer many opportunities to help researchers develop as independent researchers.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

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