Senior Post Doctoral Researcher
University of College Cork School of Computer Science and IT

Job Type: Research
Salary: €45,540 - €48,205 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Position Summary

Medical devices have evolved from being stand-alone hardware-focused components of the clinical care process to include networked, wirelessly-reprogrammable implantable devices, or networked software applications. The increased focus on software-based/networked medical devices has altered the means of safety verification, and introduced novel security/privacy vulnerabilities. Verifying the safety, security and privacy of modern medical devices requires a radically new approach that directly addresses safety of networked systems, and introduces novel protocols for guaranteeing the security and privacy of all devices in the network. This work will provide a novel framework for ensuring security/privacy for networked medical devices and/or software, in that we will verify safety and security/privacy properties at the same time. Further, this will be done using a lightweight interface protocol, such that a device cannot be added to a system unless the protocol is satisfied (i.e., the device is compliant with regulatory requirements).

The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will work under the supervision of Prof. Gregory Provan (UCC) in the area of Medical Devices software. This project will bring together necessary expertise from embedded systems, formal methods, security/privacy. Applicants with primary expertise in any of these areas will be considered.



The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to make significant contributions to the direction and progress of the project in addition to working closely with the other team members and Prof. Provan, the project Principal Investigator. He/she will collaborate with LERO researchers in UCC and University of Limerick. Applicants are invited from those with a PhD qualification and publications in a directly relevant area.

Post Duration: 24 months

Salary: €45,540 - €48,205 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: LERO HOLISTICS project: DTIF project with Enterprise Ireland

Senior Post–Doctoral Researcher

This is an advanced research training role, building on their prior experience as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in UCC or elsewhere, where you will conduct a specified programme of research and research training under the guidance of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to deliver research results and objectives, develop new or advanced research skills and competencies, the successful development of funding proposals and to interact in the supervision and mentorship of graduate students, in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

The Post-Doctoral/Senior Post-Doctoral phase has an expected duration up to a maximum of 6 years, subject to the term of the project, on a full-time or part-time basis. Movement to the grade of Senior Post-Doctoral researcher in the University will be by competing for an advertised post. External appointments made directly to Senior Post-Doctoral research positions must have previous post-doctoral experience of at least 3 years.



To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
To secure competitive research funding for research proposals
To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, School or College.
To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.
To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme.
To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
To engage in the wider research activities of the Research Group, School or College.
To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team.
To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project.
To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
To engage in costing research grant proposals and take on financial management of projects.

A PhD in software engineering, computer science, engineering or equivalent.
Extensive competence and experience in systems modelling, formal methods development, embedded software development, safety verification, security/privacy.
Supervisory skills.
Leadership potential.
Experience of applying for and securing funding.
Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Gregory Provan

Title: Professor

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 879549678


To Apply:

By email to Mr. James Duggan,, on or before the closing date 12th July 2019. Please include (PDF format only):

short cover letter;
full CV;
statement of research interests and achievements;
copies of two most significant peer-reviewed papers.
Please use Subject "LERO HOLISTICS Senior Post-Doc Position".

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:

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