Research Associate, Technology Innovation Institute

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
23 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate/ Research Engineer to work jointly with Technology Innovation Institute (TII) and other research centers around the world on a novel framework ensemble of ML models ini order to detect and prevent cybersecutiry threats to Machine Learning models such as data poisoning attacks and adversarial attacks. The main application of this project is in IoT and smart city grids. The scope of the project focuses on the development of new techinques to detect malicious data sent by compromised sensors, phones, and other devices in smart grid systems.

It is expected from the candidate to have a solid background in Artificial Intelligence algorithms and  machine learning algorithms. It's preferable to have prior experience in research related areas and basic knoledge of cybersecurity.

It's preferred to be proficient using platforms such as: Python, Matlab, Java, R, Pytorch, Keras, C#, etc.

As part of the project, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (C2PS) and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team conform by the University of Milan and University of Rome.

Position Requirements

  • Research and industry related experience in the development of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms with special emphasis in cyber security applications.
  • Research experience working and collaborating in submissions for Q1 journal papers.
  • Familiar with cybersecurity fundamentals and relevant applications in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Proficient in Python, Matlab, Java, R, Pytorch, Keras, C#, etc.
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written).
  • Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager.


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • Masters from a reputable university in Electrical and Computer Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience of undertaking assigned research tasks and starting to manage own workload
  • Contributing to scientific papers and academic journal articles where possible acting as lead/ corresponding author
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to function as part of a team working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines
  • Well-developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • Masters gained from and/or experience working in a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • At least 2 year of increasingly accountable relevant experience as a researcher in academia or in industry
  • At least 1 lead author publication in a Q1 journal in the relevant field
  • Experience contributing to high impact publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: KUK – Khalifa University
Job: Research Associate
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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