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Lecturer in Information Security (Cryptography focused)

Department of Information Security

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £43,660 to £51,687 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Wednesday 15 April 2020
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  0120-023

Full-Time, Permanent

This is the cryptography focused position, for the software security focused position closing at the same date, see https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0220-054 

Applications are invited for a full time permanent post of Lecturer in the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London. This post carries the responsibility to conduct research and to contribute to the teaching in the department. The post is equivalent to an assistant professor in the US system, or a Junior professor in Germany.

The applicant should have a good research profile that fits within the wide range of research undertaken by the ISG. We are particularly interested in applicants who will be able to drive forward research related to all fields of cryptography: theory, applied, primitives, protocols, symmetric, asymmetric. However, strong social scientists working on information security and researchers working on software and systems security or any other field of information security are also encouraged to apply.

The applicant should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for research as well as teaching and communicating with diverse audiences.

The post has a preferred start date of autumn 2020, although there is some flexibility in start date. The post is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance of London.

 In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

The post holder will contribute to the research and teaching of the Information Security Group which is a full department within the University that hosts a dynamic inter-disciplinary group of academics and researchers focused on information security research and teaching. The ISG is amongst the largest departments dedicated to information security in the world with circa 20 academic staff in the department, as well as research and support staff. We work with many research partners in other departments and have circa 70 PhD students working on a wide range of security research, many of whom are fully funded through our Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security for the Everyday, funding 10 PhD positions per annum for the next four years. Our PhD students undertake exciting research that has won national and international awards. Our students are encouraged to publish their work in leading venues (s.t. CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT, ACM CCS, IEEE S&P, USENIX, CHI, CSCW and DIS) and to contribute to national and international research, policy and practice initiatives. We are also an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). 

We have a strong, vibrant, embedded and successful multi-disciplinary research profile. This vibrant environment incorporates visiting researchers, research seminar series, reading groups and mini conferences, the WISDOM Group and we are proud of our collegial atmosphere. 

Our research is collaborative and interdisciplinary, both within the ISG and externally. Within Royal Holloway we collaborate across many other departments including: Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Economics, Geography, Law, Management, Mathematics, Psychology, Politics and International Relations and Classics. ISG members are also encouraged to build and maintain external networks of collaboration and we are prominent members of both national and international research communities. The ISG is active in industry and government, where our colleagues find opportunities for applied research and consultancy. We also have a strong track record of working with underserved communities on the edge of society, addressing their security needs and conceptions. 

Currently, there are eight permanent members of staff focusing on cryptography in the ISG: Martin Albrecht, Carlos Cid, Keith Martin, Sean Murphy, Siaw-Lynn Ng, Rachel Player and Liz Quaglia. In addition, Simon Blackburn from the Maths department regularly contributes to the field of cryptography. Currently there are five postdocs working on cryptography and roughly 15 PhD students. Focus areas of cryptographic research currently are: lattice-based cryptography and applications (Albrecht, Murphy, Player), post-quantum cryptography (Albrecht, Blackburn, Cid, Murphy, Player), symmetric cryptography (Albrecht, Cid, Murphy), statistics (Murphy, Player), access control (Martin), information-theoretic security (Martin, Ng) and protocols (Albrecht, Quaglia). We are particularly looking to strengthen our capacity in protocols. 

The University offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in information security that are certified by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This is where most members of staff focus their teaching. In particular, the ISG teaches the security modules on these courses: 

  • MSc Information Security (Campus based and Distance Learning), 
  • MSci Computer Science (Information Security), and 
  • BSc Computer Science (Information Security). 

All campus programmes can include a year in industry option. Our MSc is the largest in the UK with students studying across the full-time, part-time or distance learning modes of study. Our MSc is one of the oldest programmes in the world, having started in 1992 and has a large alumni network with over 4,000 graduates. 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk.

Please quote the reference: 0120-023

Closing Date:   Midnight, 15 April 2020

Interview Date: 9 June or 10 June 2020

Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks. 

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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.

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