Research Assistant/Associate (E-Voting) - D97512R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering - Computing

£27,285 to £28,936 (PhD nearing completion)
£29,799 to £38,833 (PhD Awarded)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate post to work on new designs of electronic voting, supported by the European Research Council Starting Grant with Dr Feng Hao.

You will work with Dr Hao on developing, testing, trialling and potentially commercializing “self-enforcing e-voting” systems. A self-enforcing e-voting provides End-to-End verifiability, but in contrast to all existing E2E verifiable e-voting schemes, it does not require any involvement of trustworthy tallying authorities. Preliminary research done at Newcastle University has demonstrated that such self-enforcing e-voting system is feasible for simple election schemes such as voting for one or several favourite candidates. However, it remains to be explored if this can be extended to more complex voting schemes. In addition, several engineering aspects of the system such as efficiency, dependability and usability are to be investigated. Concrete system prototypes will be built, and real-world election trial will be conducted.

You should have a BSc in Computer Science, or a related discipline, with a solid background in security. You should also have significant experience working on software development and testing in IT industry. Experience of dealing with and supporting end users in a commercial environment is desirable.

The post will be in the Secure and Resilient Systems (SRS) Group in the School of Computing Science at the Newcastle University, and will be affiliated with the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security (CCCS). The CCCS, hosted at Newcastle University, brings together researchers from many disciplines and several North-East universities to research all aspects of security in the context of modern-day digital systems.

The post is available fixed term until 31 December 2018, with a view to start as soon as possible.

Informal enquiries can be sent to

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Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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