Postdoctoral Research Associate on Secure Networking by Design

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

July 6, 2022


Postdoctoral Research Associate on Secure Networking by Design

Department of Computer Science - Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to fill a research role in a newly-funded InnovateUK project in the area of network security. The project is within the ‘Digital Security by Design' portfolio, and will use the capability-based CHERI/Morello systems architecture, offering memory protection and secure compartmentalisation features to improve the security offered by routers.

Routers are a crucial component in network security, and amount for over 75% of infected devices. Our Secure Networking by Design (SNbD) project addresses the threats arising from this. Building on recent advances in router security, the SNbD project will explore approaches to hardening router and networking protections, employing the CHERI/Morello architecture and other hardware security techniques.

The University's role is to lead the research and evaluation elements of the project: exploring the interaction of the CHERI architecture with other hardware security features, the practical impacts of software engineering on this novel platform, and the overall security characteristics of the router design and implementation which results from the project. In this, we will be linked with the wider Digital Security by Design community, and produce research outputs and materials in support of education in this area.

The project will employ a post-doctoral research officer to undertake this work, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Martin. The ideal candidate will have some practical experience (ideally, both research and development) in this area and will have a passion for making research contributions in a very practical and applied setting. You will lead on the research aspects of the project, exploring and defining the best way to approach the project goals. Overall, the objective is to describe and evaluate approaches to hardware/software co-design for improved security, including an analysis of the best areas to invest effort for the best security outcomes. We would expect to find a range of publishable research outcomes to arise from this.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 6 July 2022. Interviews are expected to be held in July.

We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, Living Wage and Mindful Employer, holding an Athena Swan Bronze Award, HR excellence in Research and Race Equality Charter Bronze Award.

Our staff and students come from all over the world and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diversity groups and champions, for example https:// www. , as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

Demonstrating a commitment to provide equality of opportunity. We would particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented within the Computer Science Department. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

Contact Person : HR Coordinator Vacancy ID : 158469 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 06-Jul-2022 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : Salary (£) : Grade 7: Salary £33,309 - £40,927 p.a. (post may be underfilled at Grade 6: Salary £29,614 - £35,326 p.a.)

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