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Research Associate/ Research Assistant in IoT Security

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £28,756 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd December 2021
Closes: 19th January 2022
Job Ref: 15454

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the Northeast of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
This exciting Research Associate/ Assistant opening is looking for an IoT Security expert to work as a part of an interdisciplinary team working on all aspects of security and privacy of IoT, sensor, and mobile environments.

You will have responsibility for carrying out research on various aspects of IoT technology including but not limited to: Web apps and APIs, Mobile apps, Sensors, Networks, Cloud architecture and configuration, Source code analysis, Hardware and firmware. This will require extensive experience in security evaluation of IoT environments i.e. identifying vulnerabilities, performing attacks, and proposing solutions. Your goal is to evaluate security and privacy of IoT technologies via various methods such as traffic interception, side-channel attacks, fingerprinting and tracking attacks.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who has demonstrable communication skills, who is a consummate team-player and has previous exposure and thus the ability to produce high quality outputs under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI).

For more information about the School of Computing, please click here.

This position is available on a full-time, fixed-term basis, to start immediately for the duration of 12 months.

The candidate will become a member of the SRS Research Group and work under the direction of Dr. Maryam Mehrnezhad, Lecturer (Assistant Professor). For more information about the project, contact Dr. Maryam Mehrnezhad, School of computing via email: Maryam.mehrnezhad@ncl.ac.uk.

Key Accountabilities

  • Perform hands-on security assessments and reviews on various pieces of technology including but not limited to: Web apps and APIs, Mobile apps, Sensors, Networks, Cloud architecture and configuration, Source code analysis, Hardware and firmware.
  • Create comprehensive assessment reports that clearly identify vulnerabilities, how they impact the products and users, and remediation strategies.
  • Communicate with team members within the group, university, and beyond.
  • Lead and contribute to writing scientific papers and project reports, and present at scientific meetings, workshops, and conferences.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience in conducting research in IoT, Network, Mobile security and privacy.
  • Demonstrable experience in security evaluation of IoT infrastructure (Web apps and APIs, Mobile apps, Sensors, Networks, Cloud architecture and configuration, Source code analysis, Hardware and firmware).
  • Exposure to, or experienced of publishing work in peer-reviewed journals.

Desirable

  • Demonstrable experience working with scientists, users, industrial partners, and policymakers.
  • Demonstrable experience in performing attacks using different methods e.g. traffic analysis, static and dynamic analysis and ML and AI.
  • Demonstrable experience in supporting more junior team members such as PhD students.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written (e.g. experiment documentation, technical reports, papers, presentations, pitches, etc.).
  • Capacity for original thought and independent action.
  • Enthusiastic, hardworking, goal-setter, punctual and generally dependable.
  • Candidates must be able to spend time away from Newcastle attending business meetings outside Newcastle, including international conferences and industrial partners.
  • Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity and respect in the workplace.

Qualifications

  • PhD awarded (or near the completion) in computing science, engineering or a very closely related discipline.
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