Assistant/Associate Professor in Security and Privacy

University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology

United Kingdom

The Department of Computer Science and Technology is seeking to recruit a new faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level who can contribute to research and teaching in the area of Privacy and/or Security.

The Department is one of the world leaders in computer security, with outstanding historic contributions (such as the Needham-Schroeder protocol and the economics of computer security), as well as vibrant current research (the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, CHERI processor architecture, and hardware tamper lab). Security is one of the ten core research themes in the department. We take a holistic and interdisciplinary view of the topic, so while we look in detail at many of the technical areas, we also work across traditional subject boundaries to tackle major challenges.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate they are capable of world-class research which will complement existing expertise in the Department. Given the fast-moving nature of the field, evidence of breadth and flexibility in research is expected.

We aim to substantially broaden coverage of security-related research and teaching in the Department and we welcome applications relating to a wide range of security and privacy topics, including cryptography, cryptographic protocols and verification, distributed-systems security, malware analysis, forensics, machine learning, privacy, software security, computer hardware security, human factors, ledger technologies, security economics.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong international track record of publication and impact commensurate with their research area and experience. They will have the ability, or potential, to secure research funding to support their research vision and build a world-class team of researchers. We welcome applications from researchers with interdisciplinary interests who will collaborate with people across different subdisciplines in Computer Science and Technology and with other academic disciplines. Collaborations outside academia are also highly-valued, including with industry and third-sector organizations.

Candidates will be excellent communicators and will be committed to the teaching of both undergraduate and Master's courses. They will also be expected to supervise research at Masters and PhD level.

Please see the Further Particulars for details of expectations of research, teaching and other aspects of the role.

The appointment will be from 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about the post to Dr Alice Hutchings and Professor Robert Watson,

Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 13 and 14 February 2023.

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Please ensure you upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae

  • A complete list of publications

  • Covering letter including a 2-4 page summary of your research interest and future plans, and of your teaching experience.

You should also provide the contact details of three referees. 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 NR33473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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