Research Fellow in Computer Science University of Warwick, Department of Computer Science United Kingdom

Research Fellow

Vacancy Type/Job category Academic


Department Computer Science


Salary £30,395 - £39,609 per annum


Location University of Warwick


Vacancy Overview Full time (36.5 hours per week), Fixed-Term contract until 31 December 2020

 

36.5 hours per week (100% FTE)

 

Applications are invited for a 2-year Research Fellow post to work under the general theme of security. The successful applicant will work with Professor Feng Hao and members of his team on a diverse range of security topics, e.g., key exchange, e-voting, auction, bitcoin, blockchain, mobile security, web security, physical unclonable functions and so on. We are particularly interested in protocols that support next-generation electronic payment over a blockchain, but we are very flexible with the exact topic. Our previous research has been largely driven by tackling real-world security problems and some of our research outputs have been adopted by the industry and deployed at a large scale. We expect the successful applicant to work on a research topic that really matters in the real world and that matches their interest and background.

 

Applicants should have a PhD in Computer Science, Engineering or a related discipline. Expertise in one of the following areas is especially desirable: applied cryptography, system security and usable security.

 

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa).

 

Closing date: 07 April 2019.


Job DescriptionJOB PURPOSE:

 

To undertake research in security in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. The post holder will assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Research and scholarship

• Conduct research on security related topics.

• Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.

• Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

• Write up research work for publication.

• Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

• May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

• May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.

• May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies.

• Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

Teaching and Learning Support

• Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.

• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

• May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.

Administration and Other Activities

• May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

• Work within budget constraints.

 

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

 

Essential Criteria 1Good honours degree and possession (or near submission) of a PhD or equivalent in relevant discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 2Research expertise in one of the following areas: applied cryptography, system security, and usable security. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the computer science or engineering disciplines and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content. (a,c)
Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

 

Right to work in the UK
If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.

 

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa).

 

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

 

Other InformationThe University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.


Closing Date 7 Apr 2019


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