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Research Assistant in Collaborative Robot Security

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Computer Science

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £26,715 to £30,942 per annum, Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th September 2019
Closes: 20th October 2019
Job Ref: UOS023941

Contract Type: Fixed-term for up to 17 months to start as soon as possible.

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Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work on cybersecurity aspects of industrial collaborative robot (cobot) demonstrator systems. Cobot systems work in close proximity to humans, operating as true co-workers. Considerable assurance is needed in their safe operation. CSI:Cobot aims to develop convincing arguments for two such deployments and provide guidance for producing such arguments for further systems. It will do so with the assistance of two leading industrial companies.

This post will develop threat models and security policies for two specific industrial cobots and produce general guidelines for the production of these. The post will also seek to produce a stressing tool to attack these systems and develop prototype intrusion detections system (adapted from current research). The emphasis is on developing working demonstrator systems.

You will be expected to have a good honours degree in a scientific or engineering discipline and have strong implementation skills to develop software (and adapt available software) to support the work.

You should have good knowledge of cybersecurity.

Working as part of the CSI:Cobot project, you will also be part of Sheffield’s Security of Advanced Systems Research Group within Computer Science. Candidates wishing to discuss the post should contact Prof John A Clark (

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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