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Research Associate in Distributed Systems and Cybersecurity

Cardiff University - Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum (Grade 6).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd January 2020
Closes: 23rd February 2020
Job Ref: 9557BR

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (Distributed Systems & Cybersecurity) post at Cardiff University's School of Computer Science & Informatics. This is a full-time, fixed-term post for 12 months. The successful candidate will be dedicated to finding creative solutions and have a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm to undertake world-class research in the field of distributed computing (particularly cloud computing) and cybersecurity. This will involve conducting research within the EPSRC-funded "Privacy-Aware Cloud Ecosystems" (PACE) project, which investigates the use of a container-based technology for storing data access/modification events.

The project will particularly explore how such events can be used as a basis to assess compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The successful candidate will also contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including publishing in academic journals and conferences. You will work closely with Professor Omer Rana at Cardiff and other team members located in Cardiff, Newcastle and UCL (London). You will possess or be near to completion of, a PhD in Computer Science or a related area, or have relevant industrial experience.

Cardiff University has a successful School of Computer Science & Informatics with an international reputation for its teaching and research activities. We are a research-led School with a longstanding, international reputation for applied research activities, and collaborate with more than 100 UK and international academic and industrial partners. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 99% of our submitted research was rated at least of international standard with 79% classed as "internationally excellent" or "world leading". The School delivers a stimulating portfolio of BSc and MSc degrees and offers research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications. For more information on the School please visit our website: 

Cardiff University is committed to supporting all its employees in achieving the necessary balance between their work and their personal lives. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of support for staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.

We particularly welcome applications from women who are under-represented within Cardiff University in this field.

For an informal discussion of the role please contact Professor Omer Rana by email at 

For an informal discussion about flexible working and work-life balance please contact Charlie Balcombe by email at

This is a full-time and fixed-term post for 12 months, available immediately.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6 scale, between point 30 and 33.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6). 

Closing date: Sunday, 23 February 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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