Two Research Assistant (pre-doctoral) / Research Associate (post-doctoral) positions in ‘Intelligent Cloud Protection at Run-Time’

Full time, fixed-term appointments for up to 3 years
Preferred starting date 1 July 2014 or as soon as possible
Research Assistant Salary Range: £28,770 – £31,880 per annum
Research Associate Salary Range: £32,750 – £41,540 per annum
(Maximum salary on appointment will be £35,420 per annum)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Research Assistants (pre-doctoral level) or Research Associates (post-doctoral level) for the EPSRC funded project entitled ‘Cloud Intelligent Protection at Run Time’. This project aims to develop novel techniques for intelligent cloud protection by advancing the state of the art in system modeling at run time, attack scenarios based analysis, novel techniques for selecting countermeasures and remedial actions and novel techniques for re-perimeterisation of the cloud environment. The methodology adopted combines fundamental research on knowledge representation, probabilistic analysis and machine learning with empirical and experimental studies in an industrial test-bed environment. The project is in collaboration with British Telecom (BT) and the post holder(s) will also spend time at BT‘s offices.

To apply for this position, you will need to have a strong computing or engineering background. You should have proven knowledge and track record in one or more of the following research areas and techniques:

– Cloud and Network Security
– Vulnerability Analysis
– Security Incident Event Management
– Declarative knowledge representation
– Probabilistic Analysis and Machine Learning Techniques for Security

For further details and how to apply, please see:

Closing Date: 3rd June 2014 (Midnight BST)


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Together with Joachim Posegga I will co-chair the next SETOP workshop (7th International Workshop on Autonomous and Spontaneous Security) at ESORICS.

Autonomous and Spontaneous security focuses on the dynamics of system behaviour in response to threats, their detection, characterisation, diagnosis and mitigation in particular through architectural and behavioural reconfiguration. Such approaches are needed in Embedded Systems, Pervasive Computing, and Cloud environments, which bridge the physical, social, and computing worlds and challenge traditional security provisions from different perspectives. Systems must be agile and continue to operate in the presence of compromise, introspective and self-protecting rather than just hardened, resilient to more complex threats yet more vulnerable as they are physically accessible, widely heterogeneous and need to integrate long-term legacy components.

Ensuring their resilience and protecting such systems at scale requires novel solutions across a broad spectrum of computational and resource environments, that integrate techniques from different areas including security, network management, machine learning, knowledge representation, control theory, stochastic analysis and software engineering amongst others.

The Call for Papers is out now. Submissions are due May 21st, 2014. Please consider submitting to this workshop and encouraging your colleagues to submit.


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Crowdsensing@PerCom 2014

I serve as Program Co-Chair of the Crowdsensing workshop at PerCom 2014. I am increasingly interested in the opportunities and challenges that crowd sourcing and crowd sensing provide, and there is a fast growing body of work on how to engineer such systems, cope with the intrinsic unreliability of the human element and transfer knowledge gained in one area to another. I hope many of those interested in this area will be able to join us in Budapest.


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