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Research Associate: REMINDER Project

UWE, Bristol

Location: Bristol
Salary: £32,982 to £37,099 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Job Ref: R06862

This is a 33 month, full time, fixed term contract.

We are seeking a Research Associate (RA) to join the EPSRC/CHIST-ERA funded REMINDER Project at the School of Computing and Creative Technology, UWE Bristol. REMINDER will deal with the privacy-preserving machine learning through secure management of data’s lifecycle in distributed systems, with focus on federated learning (FL) and IoT (Internet of Things) systems. The tasks of the RA include:

  • Security Analysis of FL attacks: This is by examining different approaches such as Differential Privacy (DP), Secure Multi-party Computation (SMC) and Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) against as array of attacks including data/model poisoning, Model Inversion Attacks (MIA), Property Inference Attacks (PIA), Data Reconstruction Attacks (DRA), Generative Adversarial Network re- construction attacks (GAN). Pros and cons of each approach will be identified, recommendation will be concluded.
  • Proposing lightweight security solution for FL: Based on the outcome of the analysis, a lightweight for detecting and/or overcome the abovementioned attacks will be proposed.
  • Integrating the proposed solution into a general security framework for privacy-preserving data processing in collaboration with the partners. Data privacy will be considered in rest, transit, and while processing.
  • Participate in use cases analysis, prototypical implementation, evaluation and validation in collaboration with the partners.

About you

  • A postgraduate degree, preferably a PhD in computer science, computer/electrical engineering, or a very close domain, or a relevant strong research experience.
  • Evidence of good experience in advanced machine learning (ML) methods including, deep learning (DL), Federated Learning (FL), preferably also in ML security, and IoT. The expertise should be both in theory and practice. Evidence of this may be publications in good venues of scientific contributions related to these topics.
  • Programming skills and good experience working with of DL platforms, e.g., PyTorch or TensorFlow.
  • Communication and team working skills.

You will work under the supervision of the UWE PI of this project, Dr Djamel Djenouri, and in collaboration with the European partner to achieve the REMINDER’s goals. You may be called for travels to the project partners sites for meetings, as well as for participation into international conferences to present the project results. You will be expected to publish two paper per annum during the course of the project. 

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 36,000 students and 4,200 staff from right across the globe. Based in Bristol, one of the UK’s most exciting and forward-thinking cities, we are regionally embedded and globally connected, with an established network of employer and academic partners. 

Further information

If you would like to speak to us to find out more about this role please contact Dr Djamel Djenouri: djamel.djenouri@uwe.ac.uk

This is a fixed-term post for 33 months, starting from 1st March 2024 or as soon as possible after that, and is full-time.  This post is not available on a job share basis.

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