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Lecturer in Information Security (Software Security 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:  0220-054

Full time, Permanent

This is the software security focused position, for the cryptography focused position closing at the same date see https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0120-023 

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.

The applicants 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 systems and software aspects of information security, such as (but not limited to) malware analysis, adversarial machine learning, mobile security and trusted execution environments and critical infrastructure. However, strong social scientists working on information security and researchers working on cryptography or any other field of information security are also encouraged to apply.

The applicants should (ideally) have some experience in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching across a range of topics in information/cyber security and be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for research as well as teaching and communicating with diverse audiences.

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 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.

The post holders 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/cyber security research and teaching (see about us). The ISG is amongst the largest departments dedicated to information/cyber 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 students are encouraged to publish their work in leading venues (e.g., 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, and a strong ethos of working on real world security that encompasses, industry, standardisation, government and society. This environment incorporates visiting researchers, research seminar series, reading groups and mini conferences, the WISDOM Group (Women in the Security Domain Or Mathematics) and we are proud of our collegial atmosphere and approach.

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, School of 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, consultancy and policy work. 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 research in systems and software security is one the main research themes within the ISG (and Computer Science). Researchers within this area include Stephen Wolthusen, Jassim Happa, Daniele Sgandurra, Jorge Blasco Alis and Daniel O’Keefe. The research done in this area includes malware analysis, mobile security, trusted execution environments and critical infrastructures.   

In addition 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). The ISG teaches the security modules on these courses:

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 4000 graduates.

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

Please quote the reference: 0220-054

Closing Date:   Midnight, 15 April 2020

Interview Date: 11th June or 12th June 2020 (TBC)

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Department.

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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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