Research Fellow, Physical Unclonable Function

Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum.
Friday, 6 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 6 January 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 06/01/2020
Salary £33,797 to £40,322 per annum.
Job category/type Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body.  In particular, the School is committed to supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in line with the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

This exciting post-doctoral position will be based at the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), which is part of our Global Research Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). ECIT is one of four Global Research Institutes (GRIs) at Queen's, which represent world-class research at the University, and are priority areas for growth and investment. CSIT is recognised by NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Cyber Security Research, and is also host to the UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE). An important aspect of the CSIT research environment is its strong links to industry. Over 20 industrial partners, large global companies and SMEs, have committed to supporting the centre through the provision of funding and market intelligence.

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for 30 months with a funding end date of 30 November 2022.  You will conduct research into software-based PUF designs for embedded microprocessors. This research forms part of a GBP 1.3M project, SIPP, to develop a novel secure IoT processor platform with remote attestation implemented on a RISC-V architecture in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and Birmingham, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.

The successful candidate must have:

  • 2:1 Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering/Computer Science/Mathematics (or related discipline)
  • Have or be about to obtain a PhD in a relevant subject
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience in embedded systems design, hardware design and/or hardware/software co-design.
  • Evidence of a strong publication record commensurate with career stage and experience

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