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Research Fellow in Voting on Ledger Technologies

University of Surrey - Department of Computer Science

Location: Guildford
Salary: £31,302 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th August 2019
Closes: 16th September 2019
Job Ref: 064219

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a full-time researcher to the “VOLT: Voting on Ledger Technologies” project funded by EPSRC under the “Applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies” call. This project is on the topic of electronic voting, and builds on Surrey’s previous work on secure electronic voting. The research will be to investigate the use of Distributed Ledger Technology in supporting verifiability properties within electronic voting systems, for use in a proof-of-concept system developed in conjunction with projects partners Electoral Reform Services (who provide voting services). This post focuses on the exploration and trialling of Distributed Ledger Technologies for this particular application area. 

The position offers the platform for the research fellow to work within a group and develop skills to become an independent researcher. The successful candidate will work under the direction of Professor Steve Schneider, together with Dr Francois Dupressoir and Professor Helen Treharne. The project is also collaborative with King’s College London.

We are looking for applicants that demonstrate strong research and analytical skills, have strong practical systems skills and enthusiasm for developing their own research ideas. Applicants should also have skills in software engineering for web applications, and an understanding of computer security and basic cryptography. Knowledge of Distributed Ledger Technologies would be an advantage.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience. The post is available immediately and runs in the first instance to 31st May 2020, with the possibility of extension.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Steve Schneider at or +44 (0)1483 689637.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) 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 (£32,236).

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