Senior Research Associate: Generalised Context Privacy – 0726-23

Lancaster University

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£37,386 to £43,155

Closing Date:  

Friday 28 July 2023

Interview Date:  

Thursday 24 August 2023



We are seeking candidates to develop techniques to proactively ensure the security of systems.

This post is part of a 3-year EPSRC funded project to develop generalisable techniques to mitigate threats to systems caused by adversaries observing the actions systems take. Cyber physical systems are increasingly used in many facets of life, how they act and the circumstances in which they take actions reveals information to adversaries observing systems. Many systems have had context privacy techniques developed for them (e.g., location privacy for vehicles, onion routing for the internet), however, this takes time and means that novel systems in novel scenarios will need new context privacy techniques developed for them. This project aims to address this problem by developing a suite of generalised context privacy controls, quantify the amount of privacy they provide, and to then apply them to an example cyber physical systems.

 This project aims to do away with developing context privacy techniques per system (and the large time cost that this entails) by applying the developed generalised techniques via suitable translators.

Key duties of this post include:

  • Conducting original research to model arbitrary systems and quantify the amount of information revealed to an adversary, to develop (or derive) novel context privacy techniques, and to test the efficacy of these techniques in practice.
  • Contributing to international reputation of the project through high quality and impactful publications. 
  • Providing mentorship and collaborative research with PhD students.
  • Interacting with academic and industry partners within the project.

You will have a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or equivalent with experience in cyber security, distributed cyber physical systems, and/or privacy quantification techniques such as information theory or differential privacy. You will have strong programming skills and a willingness to learn and develop new skills depending on their background. Experience with cyber physical systems (such as sensor networks, IoT, vehicles, or drones) is desirable, however not essential.

For more information, candidates are strongly encouraged to first contact Dr. Matthew Bradbury ([email protected] ).

The School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further opportunities over the course of this post. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. 

This is a full-time position expected to start 1st  October 2023. You will join us on an indefinite contract, however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, for this position, is due to end 30th September 2026.

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