Information Security Research Positions

List of available research positions in information security

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This page serves as an entry point for aspiring graduate students (and post-docs) who are looking for positions in the broad field of information security. We are maintaining an up-to-date list of contacts who are advertising current positions in the field.


Originally, this list was created to quickly advertise positions for students affected by the US travel bans. All past positions displayed on this website (and in the original document) have been moved here. If a previously advertised position is still active, please inform us using the method below.


Available positions

PhD Studentship: Understanding, Measuring and Improving the Security of Collaboration Tools

Contact name: Steven Murdoch

Location: London, UK

Institution: University College London

Contact information: http://murdoch.is/#contact

Research areas of interest: privacy, anonymous communications, cryptography, usability

Positions available:

Whenever you communicate with someone electronically there are intermediaries that process and carry your communication, helping it reliably get to the intended destination, or storing it until the recipient goes online to collect it. We hope that these intermediaries behave properly, but sometimes they get hacked, or the people running them act maliciously, and your communications can then be tampered with and eavesdropped, with potentially severe consequences. End-to-end encryption is designed to protect against such threats and has been available for decades, but it’s still rarely used because it interferes with modern ways of working. For example, if the company that provides your email service can’t read it, you can’t search it without downloading it all; with collaboration applications, like Google Docs or chat applications, current end-to-end encryption approaches won’t even work. Even if data is encrypted end-to-end, analysis of the meta-data can still violate privacy, for example disclosing who is working with whom. Anonymous communication systems like Tor can help protect meta-data but the delay that the most secure systems (e.g. Loopix) introduce would prevent standard collaboration technologies from working properly. This project will develop techniques to build collaboration applications that are end-to-end secure, and protect privacy. We will quantify how secure and effective they are, working with investigative journalists who need high levels of security in their collaboration applications.

Funding is available for a 4-year PhD studentship working on this project, providing a standard stipend and fees (at UK/EU rate). The project will be supervised by Dr Steven Murdoch and will start in October 2018 (unless agreed otherwise).

To apply, see instructions at http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/prospective_students/phd_programme/funded_scholarships/#c31028

Expiry date for opening: 5 August 2018 with references required by 12 August 2018

Lecturer in Cyber Security and AI

Contact name: Richard Jones

Location: Canterbury, UK

Institution: School of Computing, University of Kent

Contact information: cs-hos@kent.ac.uk

Research areas of interest: Cyber Security, AI, quantum computing

Positions available/funding opportunities:

Lecturer in Computer Science (https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BLE293/lecturer-in-computer-science/)

Expiry date for opening: 15 August 2018

PhD studentship in Cloud and Device Data Protection

Contact name: Shujun Li

Location: Canterbury, UK and Munich, Germany

Institution: School of Computing, University of Kent and German Research Center in Munich, Huawei Technologies

Contact information: S.J.Li@kent.ac.uk

Research areas of interest:

Cloud and Device Data Protection, see https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/research/studyingforaphd/phd-cloud-protection.html for more details

Positions available/funding opportunities: PhD studentship in Cloud and Device Data Protection

Expiry date for opening: open until filled

PhD studentship in Cyber Security

Contact name: Shujun Li

Location: Canterbury, UK

Institution: School of Computing, University of Kent

Contact information: S.J.Li@kent.ac.uk

Research areas of interest:

Cyber Security, see https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/research/studyingforaphd/phd-cybersecurity-2018.html for a list of topics

Positions available/funding opportunities: PhD in Cyber Security (for an UK/EU national)

Expiry date for opening: open until filled

Post-Doc in Lattice-Based Cryptography at Royal Holloway

Contact name: Martin Albrecht

Location: Egham, UK

Institution: Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London

Contact information: martin.albrecht@royalholloway.ac.uk

Research areas of interest: Lattice-based cryptography (with a focus on building privacy preserving systems)

Positions available/funding opportunities: Three year post-doc

Expiry date for opening: September 17, 2018

See https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0818-334

2 Postdoc positions in Computational Privacy

Contact name: Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye

Location: London, UK

Institution: Imperial College London

Contact information: deMontjoye@imperial.ac.uk

Research areas of interest:

The CPG is interested in applying techniques from statistical physics and machine learning to large and complex datasets to expose privacy risks. The CPG’s research projects usually include a mix of theoretical and empirical work with large-scale mobile-phone data, credit card transaction data, healthcare data etc. The group often collaborates with large industry partners in order to access rich datasets. See also: https://cpg.doc.ic.ac.uk

Positions available/funding opportunities:

(Opening 1) PostDoc in Computational Privacy (international). The CPG is looking for a candidate with experience in computational privacy and/or applied statistical physics. The research project will be defined in close collaboration with the successful candidate. For example, a possible project could be the development of techniques and software to help utilise large-scale behavioural data while preventing attacks compromising individuals’ privacy. More informations: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/ENG00441/research-associateassistant-computational-privacy

(Opening 2) PostDoc in Machine Learning for Privacy (international). The CPG is looking for a candidate with experience in the development and application of machine learning techniques. The research project will be defined in close collaboration with the successful candidate. For example, possible projects could include the development of a rigorous framework to profile individuals based on arbitrary data or the analysis of risks when data collected to train an algorithm for automatic decision making is collected from users who may have nefarious intentions. More informations: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/ENG00257/research-associate-adversarial-ml-and-identity-learning

Expiry date for opening: August 31, 2018.

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