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Research Fellow in Verification or Security or Concurrent / Distributed Systems

Surrey, United Kingdom
£36,024 to £39,347 per annum depending on experience
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £36,024 to £39,347 per annum depending on experience  
Fixed Term Contract until 28/02/27
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 28 June 2024
Reference:  023924

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a full-time postdoctoral researcher to work on a range of topics in the areas including:

  • emerging hardware architectures (weak memory, RDMA, persistent memory, CXL);
  • formal modelling, verification and/or logic;
  • interactive and automated tools, such as theorem provers and model checkers;
  • proofs of safety and/or security properties;
  • programming languages and/or type systems;
  • concurrent and/or distributed algorithms;
  • and related topics.

The positions are funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) projects: Safe and secure COncurrent programming for adVancEd aRchiTectures (COVERT) (

About the role

The successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary team under the guidance of Brijesh Dongol (PI) and Gregory Chockler (co-I), as well as a large team of academics (Imperial, Kent, Sheffield, MPI-SWS, Cornell, IMDEA, etc) and industrial collaborators (Arm, NVIDIA, Galois), researchers and PhD students. 

Research Environment

Surrey is recognized by the NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and offers a thriving research environment with world-leading researchers. Brijesh Dongol is a Director of the NCSC/UK Research Institute on Verified Trustworthy Software Systems (VeTSS, hosted jointly at Surrey and Imperial.

Our research includes security verification, protocol design and analysis, distributed and network systems, concurrency, data privacy, privacy preserving security, and applied cryptography. We offer access to a variety of cutting-edge hardware testbeds including a 7-node RDMA cluster (NVIDIA) as well as machines equipped with persistent memory (Intel Optane) and trusted execution environments (Intel SGX).

The University is committed to equality and diversity. Research staff at the Department are supported and encouraged in their career development through mentoring and early career researcher training. The Department fosters a collegial and collaborative atmosphere, in which individuals are valued for the varied skills and perspectives they bring.

About you 

  • We are looking for applicants that demonstrate strong research in one or more of the above areas backed by a strong publication record. 
  • Applicants must have or be close to obtaining a PhD in Computer Science.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is 28th June 2024

This is a fixed term contract until 28/02/27, with the possibility of an extension to cover 36 months in total. 

Please submit the following four documents as your application (you can attach these as documents); a CV, Cover Letter, Research Proposal and Recent Relevant Publication.

All these will be used to evaluate your suitability for the role.

Further details:    Job Description     Candidate Pack    

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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