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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate: Systems & Data (Privacy, Security, Management)


Research Associate:£31,604 - £38,833 or Senior Research Associate:£39,992 - £50,618

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2020.

We have a vacancy for a researcher to look at issues of transparency, audit and control in emerging systems. Work will involve investigating means for exposing, explaining and controlling the nature of systems, their operations and the corresponding data flows. The focus will be on data sharing, systems composition, and automation in general; particularly as regards the IoT/pervasive computing.

The role suits candidates with a background in systems/data management, for instance in areas such as security, privacy, trust, access control/policy, provenance/audit, ideally in a distributed/network/cloud systems context. Some familiarity with machine learning is a bonus (but not required). The work entails a practical and experimental approach, meaning strong systems programming/engineering skills are required.

(As background, the broader systems group has worked on issues of wide-scale distributed systems, in areas including comms middleware, events/context management, access controls, policy-driven and reconfigurable systems, ad-hoc networking, databases, and data flow management/audit/provenance).

This position will be part of a new, interdisciplinary team being established to explore the tech-legal challenges of emerging technology, particularly around compliance and accountability. Therefore an interest in the legal and/or social implications of technology is highly desirable.

As a new team, there is a real opportunity to help drive the research agenda. Therefore we seek highly-motivated candidates that hold, or are close to completing a PhD, or have equivalent experience. Exceptionally qualified and experienced candidates may be appointed in a senior researcher capacity.

With your CV, please also include: (a) A cover letter including a statement regarding your research background, interests, and highlighting your fit for the role, (b) A list of publications, (c) Evidence of programming ability (e.g. via GitHub, project webpages, open-source project contributions, blogs/social media, etc). Please do not include extra materials, as these will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Dr Jat Singh: https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~js573

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), together with a cover letter including a statement regarding your research background, interests, and highlighting your fit for the role, a list of publications and evidence of programming ability (e.g. via GitHub, project webpages, open-source project contributions, blogs/social media, etc). If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR13875 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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