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Research Assistant / Research Associate in Systems Research

Imperial College London - Department of Computing

Location: London
Salary: £36,694 to £49,210 per annum*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd September 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021
Job Ref: ENG01542

South Kensington Campus

Research Assistant salary range: £36,694 - £39,888 per annum

Research Associate salary range: £41,593 - £49,210 per annum*

Full-time, Fixed term to start ASAP until 30/09/2023

Job Summary

The post of Research Assistant (pre-doctoral) or Research Associate (post-doctoral) is to conduct world-leading research on hardware-assisted security mechanisms for future cloud environments. The successful candidate will join the UKRI CloudCAP project, led by Professors Peter Pietzuch and Sophia Drossopoulou in collaboration with industrial partners. The CloudCAP project is supported as part of the UKRI Digital Security by Design (DSbD) challenge, which aims to make the UK digital computing infrastructure more secure through hardware capabilities mechanisms in next-generation Arm CPUs.

The post is based in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London at the South Kensington Campus. 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.

Duties and responsibilities

The position offers an exciting opportunity for conducting internationally leading and impactful research work to support capability-based hardware in cloud environments and address real-world security problems. The Research Assistant/Associate will be responsible for designing new cloud security systems and mechanisms, providing abstractions and APIs for capability-based hardware, and implementing and evaluating experimental software prototypes. They will carry out a research programme in the areas of systems, security and programming languages, undertake research project management and help supervise a multi-disciplinary project team. In addition, the candidate will be expected to submit publications to top-tier conferences and journals, thus publicising their research results at premier systems, programming languages, and security conferences.

For further information on the group and related projects, see:

Essential requirements

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: systems, programming languages, security and/or distributed systems.

You should also have:

  • A Master’s degree (Research Assistant) or PhD degree (Research Associate) in computer science or a related area.
  • Experience with the design and implementation of complex software systems in a range of programming languages, such as C, C++, Rust or Go.
  • Excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of research methods, experimental systems methodology, and statistical procedures.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

How to apply

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the advert early if the position is filled.

Visit reference number ENG01542. Candidates should attach:

  • 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.

Informal enquiries related to the position should be directed to Prof. Peter Pietzuch:

For queries regarding the application process contact Jamie Perrins:

Closing Date: 24th October 2021 (midnight)

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