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Research Associate: Cyber Security (Software Security)

University of Bristol - Department of Computer Science

Location: Bristol
Salary: £33,199 to £37,345 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd March 2019
Closes: 21st April 2019
Job Ref: ACAD103871

The Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid, is seeking to appoint a post-doc on software security. The group forms part of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) at Bristol.

You will join a major programme of research focusing on security of software that underpins the hyperconnected digital world which we inhabit, specifically focusing on vulnerability analysis and countermeasures pertaining to software in mobile and/or embedded systems. You will develop innovative research that puts you at the forefront of work on understanding vulnerabilities in such software systems, attack pathways and novel solutions to improve the security of such systems.

You will play a key role in multiple on-going projects studying security of software in mobile and internet of things centred environments – studying vulnerabilities, developing reference attack scenarios and new types of vulnerability analyses approaches, attack modelling techniques as well as countermeasures. You will work closely with researchers within the group studying developer behaviours as well as limitations of existing software development processes and tools and how these shape the security of resultant software.

The project offers an exciting opportunity to combine research concepts and ideas with real world problems and their solutions.

You will also work in collaboration with a critical mass of researchers within the Bristol Cyber Security Group and the wider Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. The Group participates in several major initiative, including leading projects as part of the Research Institute on Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) and the Research Institute on Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RITICS), co-leading the Security and Safety stream within the UK Research Hub on Cyber Security of Internet of Things and leading the programme of work on developing a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). The group also leads a recently awarded EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in Large-scale Infrastructures.  There is a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of Cyber Security at Bristol and its inter-disciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results.

For informal discussion about the post you are welcome to contact: Professor Awais Rashid (

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