Research Assistant/Associate - Systems & Security Engineering (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Department of Computer Science and Technology United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Associate - Systems & Security Engineering (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant £26,243 - £30,395 or Research Associate £32,236 - £39,609


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years.


A position is available to join a growing team in tackling issues of accountability regarding emerging technologies.


The role is to work on technical means that assist systems/data security, privacy, trust, audit, explainability, management and control in distributed environments (such as the Internet of Things, automated/ML-driven systems, etc).


The position is part of the Compliant & Accountable Systems group, an interdisciplinary research team that looks at better aligning technology with legal concerns. From the technical aspect this includes designing and building mechanisms for improving transparency, trust and control.


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate in a range of academic projects, and drive research directions. A key activity of this role is prototyping ideas and experimenting, so strong programming skills are required. Such work might entail building low-level OS tools and access control regimes, working with various development frameworks, integrating applications with cloud services, and possibly app development. As such, a willingness to learn and work with a broad set of technologies is important.


Applicants should be self-motivated, and some interest in the broader (social/user) impacts of technology is desirable. Applicants for the Research Associate (post-doc) appointments should demonstrate a strong research background.


For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jat Singh (


Note that appointment as a Research Associate is dependent of having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Where a PhD has yet to be awarded, appointment will initially be made as a Research Assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.


There is some flexibility in start dates, though the sooner the better.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Please ensure you upload your curriculum vitae; a detailed covering letter including (i) relevant background, (ii) research interests, and (iii) your interests and fit for the role. A brief statement of your programming/engineering experience, including brief descriptions of projects you have contributed to, as well as links to project pages, source code (e.g. github), etc and a list of publications (for associate appointments) Please do not include any extra materials, such as transcripts.


If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.


Please quote reference NR17732 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.


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