Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Mobile Phone Forensics, EU Horizon 2020 Project EXFILES

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,931 to £42,456 per annum - including London Allowance
Monday, 5 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 8 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Information Security

Location: Egham
Salary: £35,931 to £42,456 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date: Thursday 08 October 2020
Interview Date: Thursday 15 October 2020

The Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London, is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow for the EU Horizon2020-funded EXFILES project. The successful candidates will join the Smart Card and IoT Security Centre (SCC), of the ISG, supporting the SCC research activities related to mobile phone forensics. The position is fixed term full-time

EXFILES focusses on mobile forensics and specifically targets modern handheld communication devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers. The use of mobile devices in criminal and unlawful activities creates a number of challenges for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), for whom data stored on such devices can be an important source of information and evidence about lawbreaking. At the same time, the general-public demand assurances (technical, legal and ethical) that their personal information will remain private. The goal of the EXFILES project is to explore modern mobile devices used in organised crime. Existing sidechannel-analysis (SCA) and reverse engineering (RE) techniques will be revisited and new ones will be explored. Lessons learnt from recent advances in Common Criteria Security Evaluations, Trusted Execution Environments (TEE), Firmware and Systems-on-Chip (SoC) will also enable academic partners to enhance mobile forensics science.

Equally important, the project will evaluate the ethical issue of how consumers’ rights to privacy should be weighed against the requirements of LEAs in mobile and digital forensics research. EXFILES brings together the unique expertise of the project participants and the core of the EU legal frameworks in order to fulfil the project’s goals and make Europe a safer place by protecting its citizens while also safeguarding their rights. Αnother unique dimension of EXFILES is the clear focus on the ethical and legal aspects of research and exploitation as well as dissemination and training activities for the next generation of forensic experts.   

Applicants should possess (or close to obtaining) a PhD degree relevant to the project’s research areas (e.g., Information Security, Computer Science), and be fluent in English. The ideal candidate should have a strong research track record in an area relevant to embedded systems (e.g. smart card microprocessors), side channel analysis, Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) and software development skills (low level assembly language will be an asset) and a proven ability to find innovative solutions. Furthermore, the ideal candidate should be self-motivated, possess software development skills, and should have prior experience with programming microprocessors, and mobile devices. In addition to supporting the project, the position duties will also involve developing novel research ideas aimed at being submitted to relevant cyber-security venues.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London

Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the fourteen Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK recognised by the UK National Security Centre (NCSC) as a Centre of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security Research, and only one of the two HEIs awarded with a Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Prof. Konstantinos Markantonakis (PI) from the Smart card and IoT Security Centre and Dr Rebecca Roache (CI) from the departments of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof. Konstantinos Markantonakis, at

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0720-153-R
Closing Date: Midnight, 8 October 2020
Interview Date: 15 October 2020

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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