Research Fellows in Tsunami Center on Software and System Security
National University of Singapore, School of Computing (SoC)
Singapore

RESEARCH FELLOWS IN TSUNAMi center on SOFTWARE AND SYSTEM SECURITY

 

DESCRIPTION

 

The Computer Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks 6 Post-doctoral research fellows with differing expertise for a project in software and system security, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), starting January 2015. These research fellows will be part of a new center on software security - TSUNAMi see http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~tsunami/

 

Several global research labs (NEC), commercial firms (Symantec, ST) and SIngapore-based government agencies (DSTA) have pledged support for translating research outcomes from the newly formed centrer to practice. The investigator team consists of Abhik Roychoudhury (Lead PI), Zhenkai Liang, Jin Song Dong, Prateek Saxena, Roland Yap and Ee-chien Chang.

 

This 5 year multi-investigator research center aims to develop new mechanisms to detect, withstand and offer strong data protection against attacks on commodity systems composed from COTS components with rich interfaces to the cloud. Our goal is to take a multi-pronged approach to detecting and defeating attacks on the commodity COTS systems. The specific post-doc positions will cover the following topics and thier intersection.

 

- Binary analysis: to investigate new techniques for binary analysis for scalable vulnerability detection and auto-patching software. This will involve analysis of program binaries.

 

- Binary hardening: Hardening existing COTS components to reduce unnecessary functionality through automatic transformations is an important goal of our center.

 

- Formal verification: Verification of component composition and protocols for communicating across components, is a focus of the center.

 

- Data protection: The centre also aims to protect data outsourced to external cloud services against data theft, by developing new cryptographic techniques and trusting computing support in hardware.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

  • A PhD degree in a relevant area of Computer Science ( Security, Software Engineering, Programming Languages);
  • Good publication record;
  • Experience/ interest in building prototype software tools; and
  • Specific expertise in one of the following areas is useful:

           software tesing, program analysis, binary analysis, compliers, software model-checking, verification,      trusted computing, applied cryptography and virtualization.

 

ABOUT NUS and the CENTER

NUS is a reputed world-class university that provides an outstanding, supportive research environment. Its School of Computing was recently ranked by QS as #1 in Asia and #9 in the world. Singapore is a vibrant, well-connected city with low taxes and a research hub centred in Asia.

 

For more details about the research center, please see http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~tsunami/

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION

 

If interested, please sened your application including a cover letter, CV and a brief statement of research, specifically your PhD research. The initial term of appointment will be 1-2 years extensible to 5 years, upon review of satisfactory performance. The selected candidates will be offered strongly competitive salaries and benefits, ample support to travel for dissemination of research results, and substantial freedom to build a strong research profile of their own by leading sub-teams within the research team of the center

 

TO APPLY:

Please e-mail your materials to Ms. Jesslyn Lim (jesslyn@nus.edu.sg) with CC to Prof. Abhik Roychoudhury, Lead PI (abhik@comp.nus.edu.sg).


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