Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computing

Sydney, Australia
17 May 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor. 

In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia's most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world's first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light. 

About the Department of Computing

The Department of Computing is committed to excellence in terms of its teaching, research, and industry and external collaborations. Being located at the northern end of Sydney’s ‘Silicon Valley’, the Department enjoys the advantages of a large green field campus in the hub of Sydney’s IT industry.

The Department of Computing aims to elevate the international standing of scientific and technological research that is already well established at Macquarie University. For more information about the department please visit

About the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub is an interdisciplinary network launched in August 2016 by Macquarie University with Optus as a founding partner. The Cyber Security Hub's vision is to support Australia's efforts to harness opportunities in the cyberspace by enhancing our safety and competitiveness through research excellence, innovation and education in cyber security.

Together with CSIRO Data61, the largest data innovation group in Australia, the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub is building a team of researchers and experts to develop novel and efficient privacy-preserving technologies with a focus on data analytics and data sharing applications. We will conduct high quality, high impact research aligned with industry and community needs, taking a multi-disciplinary approach. 

We are seeking two Postdoctoral Fellows to join a team of talented world-renowned researchers to work on different aspects of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) from the development of theoretical framework with cryptographic or information theoretical approaches, to the empirical and data-driven analysis of real-life applications and datasets. The outcome of this research will have both research and practical applications.

The two successful candidates will be involved in:

  • Designing algorithms and protocols that enable the sharing and release of sensitive datasets and/or the analysis of data for different application scenarios
  • Analysis, measurement and quantification of privacy and security risks in current deployments of systems with a focus on end-users and consumers. This includes developing experimental testbeds and measurement platforms to characterise and assess privacy risks and identify information leakage in existing systems
  • Examining and introducing variants of provable privacy definitions that improve trade-off between privacy and utility

The successful candidate will closely interact with both academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students from Macquarie University’s four faculties involved in activities within the Cyber security Hub: Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Human sciences.

Also, the successful candidate will contribute to efforts in building trustworthy, reliable and secure systems within the Information Security and Privacy Group of the Department of Computing at Macquarie University.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applicants must respond to the selection criteria below in a separate document as part of the application process


  • A PhD awarded or submitted, in a relevant discipline area, such as Theoretical Computer Science, Algorithms, Mathematics with a computing major, Cryptography and Information Security/Privacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in one or more of the following areas: Design and analysis of algorithms, Differential Privacy framework, Applied Cryptography, Probabilistic and statistical framework, machine learning and Information theory
  • Demonstrated experience in the collection and processing of large data sets, development of efficient algorithms on large datasets, and development of security or privacy-preserving algorithms, protocols for processing and sharing data or analytics and large-scale measurement studies of privacy and security risks
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research
  • An outstanding track record of publication in top peer reviewed journals and prestigious conferences in security and privacy, machine learning and information systems conferences
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • A track record of science innovation and creativity including the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations


  • Previous experience or research in either theoretical frameworks for Privacy preserving algorithms or data-driven quantification and risks assessment and attacks identification
  • Experience with software development processes and programming languages such as C, Python, Java or Web programming

Salary Package: From $88,420 to $94,760 p.a. (Level A Step 6 to step 8; PhD required) plus 17% employer's superannuation contribution and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full time, 2-year fixed term position

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Dali Kaafar, Chief Scientist of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub:

General Enquiries: Laura Keats at

Applications Closing Date: Sunday, 17 June at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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