Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast - Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

CSIT is host to the UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE), which launched in November 2017, under the directorship of Professor Máire O’Neill. This is one of four multi-institution UK Research Institutes in Cyber

Security funded by NCSC and EPSRC with the aim of developing the UK’s cyber security capability in this strategically important area. In 2012 CSIT was recognised by NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research with this recognition renewed in 2017. An important aspect of the CSIT research environment is its strong links to industry. Over 20 industrial partners, large global companies and SMEs, have committed to supporting the centre through the provision of funding and market intelligence. CSIT’s research direction is in part shaped by a fee paying industrial advisory board comprising Thales, BAE Systems, Infosys, Allstate, Euronext, Equiniti, Camlin and Direct Line Group.

It is an exciting time to joing our team, the successful candidate will conduct research into the application of advanced machine learning techniques for use in side channel analysis (SCA) attacks, in partnership with Cryptography Research and Riscure, as part of the EPSRC-funded DeepSecurity project. The project is a core research project of the UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE), hosted by CSIT.

This post is available immediately for 30 months to be an active member of RISE and of the Data Security Systems (DSS) research team within the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT) at ECIT, Queen’s University Belfast.

The successful candidate must have:

  • 2:1 Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering/Computer Science/Mathematics (or related discipline).
  • Have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant subject.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience in one, or more, of the following:

- side channel analysis;

- FPGA/ASIC/Embedded systems design.

  • Evidence of a strong publication record commensurate with career stage and experience.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the Centre can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 18 January 2018

Starting salary: £32,548 per annum

Closing date: Tuesday 19 December 2017

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources,

Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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