Senior Research Fellow in Run-time Security, ENSURESEC Project


Job Description

School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Location:  Greenwich
Salary: £40,322 to £49,553 plus £3706 London weighting per annum
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 2 years
Closing Date: Monday 03 August 2020
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 2350

We have a position for the senior research fellow to work in the EU HORIZON 2020 project “ENSURESEC: End-to-end Security of the Digital Single Market’s E-commerce and Delivery Service Ecosystem”. ENSURESEC is a sociotechnical solution for safeguarding the Digital Single Market’s e-commerce operations against cyber and physical threats. It combines an automatic, rigorous, distributed and open-source toolkit for protecting the e-commerce infrastructure, with monitoring of the impact of threats in physical space. ENSURESEC addresses the whole gamut of modern e-commerce, from standard physical products purchased online and delivered via post, to entirely virtual products or services delivered online. Similarly, it addresses threats ranging from maliciously modifying web e-commerce applications or rendering them unavailable to legitimate customers, to delivery issues or fraud committed by insiders or customers. It achieves this by focusing on the common software and physical sensor interfaces that sit along the e-commerce, payment and delivery ecosystem. At a technical level, it integrates proven state-of-the-art inductive (machine learning) with deductive (formal methods) reasoning tools and techniques so that e-commerce operations are protected by design, as well as through continuous monitoring, response, recovery and mitigation measures at run-time.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a new area of research and in the process collaborate with our prestigious project partners, including key players in software engineering, software verification, blockchain, pen testing, telecommunication, electronic financial services, social media, cyber and physical security of critical infrastructure, to name a few.

Within the project, you will be responsible for design and development of a run-time security monitor that requires to translate and adapt existing monitors for the security of e-commerce system. The tool is required to be open source and free. This research will be expected to be published at a premier related journal.

You will need to be a highly competent software developer with experience in developing cyber security tools, ideally in the context of run-time security or software security or vulnerability/fault analysis as well as have high-impact research publications in related areas. A PhD in computer science, mathematics or engineering is essential.

Since this post is project based, this is fixed term for two years.

Before applying, you may wish to contact Dr. M. Taimoor Khan (****** for informal enquiries.

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