Postdoctoral Fellow on Blockchains, Biometrics and Smart Contracts
University of Stavanger, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Norway

Postdoctoral Fellow on Blockchains, Biometrics and Smart Contracts

 

Job description
University of Stavanger invites applications for a 2-year position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in computer science to work on blockchains and smart contracts at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The position is vacant with accesion as soon as possible.

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree within relevant academic fields the opportunity for further qualification toward full professorship.

The position is associated with the research project BBChain: Efficient Trustworthy Computing with Blockchains and Biometrics. The goal of this project is to research and develop a long-term and highly available document storage system based on Byzantine consensus and on a blockchain like data structure. Application domains for such as a system, includes electronic health journals and business contracts.

The postdoctoral fellow recruited for this project is expected to participate in fundamental research related to blockchain technologies and to participate in the supervision of PhD and master students.

The research work includes designing and evaluating protocols, algorithms, and mechanisms for applications where strong data integrity is required. For instance, to demonstrate a system with the ability to verify the authenticity of a document with biometrics and prevent unauthorized alterations without consent from the involved principals, as specified in a smart contract. Other possible research directions include scalable Byzantine consensus algorithms and secure enclave technologies (e.g., Intel SGX) for biometric-based blockchains. The project is open to a fair amount of freedom to explore alternative directions within the space of blockchains and smart contracts.

The BBChain project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is a joint research project between UiT The Arctic University of Norway and University of Stavanger, with external partners from University of Oslo, University of Trento, Italy, and the Biometric System Lab at the University of Bologna, Italy. The Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger funds two PhD students on this project as a strategic investment into blockchain research. The blockchain research group at the University of Stavanger is growing and we frequently collaborate with other institutions in Norway and internationally, including Berkeley Lab, University of California, University of Maryland, Cornell University, Sapienza University of Rome.

The research project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community at the faculty and university.

 

Qualification requirements

The applicant must submit a description of a research project and a plan for its completion. It must be clear from the application in what way the project will add to the applicant's competence.

Qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialization of research will be given emphasis in appointments to academic positions at the University.

Candidates must hold a PhD and are expected to have an excellent academic record and experience in distributed systems, formal methods, system security or cryptography, with a strong interest in blockchain technologies. The candidate must have good command of both oral and written English.

An educational background covering subjects such as biometrics and game theory will be considered valuable. In addition to research experience, the candidate should be an excellent developer and be able to conduct large scale experiments in realistic environments. Industry experience as a developer will be a plus.

The applications will be assessed in relation to the relevance, quality and feasibility of the project. In addition to an evaluation of their submitted project plan and scientific work, potential candidates will be invited for an interview.

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • submitted scientific work and the applicant's personal skills for completing the project within the timeframe
  • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units.
  • personal skills and motivation for the position

 

We offer

  • a strong collaborative research environment. Our students have won best paper awards and our alumni are employed by Schibsted, Microsoft, Altibox, Lyse Smart, ABB Robotics and also in academia.
  • opportunities for research stays with our renowned collaborators worldwide.
  • a newly renovated attractive looking work place.
  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.510, code 1352, NOK 523.000 gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

 

General information
See "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident" at the University of Stavanger.

UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its employment practices. The University currently employs few female postdoctoral researchers within the academic field in question, and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

 

Contact information
More information on the position can be obtained from Professor Hein Meling, e-mail: hein.meling@uis.no.

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-advisor Janne Halseth, tel: +47 5183 3525, e-mail: rekruttering@uis.no.

 

Application

To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience.

The following additional documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • project proposal 
  • certificates/diplomas 
  • up to 10 publications
  • other documentation that you consider relevant

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.

Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

 

UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown
The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The department carries out research within computer science, data Science, cybernetics and signal processing, and offers bachelor programs in electrica engineering and computer science, master programs in computer science, data science and cybernetics/signal processing, and a PhD program in information technology. There are currently 50 employees, including research fellows and postdocs, and 600 students at the department.

 

Deadline
29th September 2019


Employer
University of Stavanger


Municipality
Stavanger


omfang
Fulltime

Duration
Fixed Term

Place of service
Ullandhaug

 


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