Research Associate in Cloud Computing Security

Imperial College London - The Alan Turing Institute

Fixed term 24 month appointment to start 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 processing in cloud environments. The project will be done in collaboration with a number of partners, including the Alan Turing Institute and the University of Cambridge.

In the project, the Research Associate will be responsible for designing new hardware-supported security models for trusted execution using Intel SGX and ARM Trustzone, providing abstractions 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 also have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in computer science or a related area. Candidates close to completion of their PhD will also be considered.
  • Experience with the design and implementation of complex software systems in systems programming languages, such as C and/or C++
  • You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures

*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.

For further information on the group and related projects, see: Informal enquiries related to the position should be directed to Dr Peter Pietzuch:

How to apply:

For further details on this opportunity visit our website at the following link. and search using vacancy reference number ENG00161.

For queries regarding the application process contact Georgina Tennant ( For technical issues when applying online, please contact:

Applications must include:

  • 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.

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