Research Assistants and Associates in OS, Compiler and CPU Security

We are pleased to announce a job ad for two new research assistants or post-doctoral research associates working on our CTSRD Project, whose target research areas include OS, compiler, and CPU security. This is a joint project between the University of Cambridge’s Security, NetOS, and Computer Architecture research groups, as well as the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International.

Research Assistants and Associates in OS, Compiler and CPU Security
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

We are seeking multiple Research Assistants and Post-Doctoral Research Associates to join the CTSRD Project, which is investigating fundamental improvements to CPU-architecture, operating-system (OS), program-analysis, and programming-language structure in support of computer security. The CTSRD Project is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and SRI International, and part of the DARPA CRASH research programme on clean-slate computer system design for security. More information may be found at:

This position will be an integral part of an international team of researchers spanning multiple institutions in academia and industry. Successful candidates will contribute to the larger research effort by performing system-software, compiler, and hardware implementation and experimentation, developing and evaluating novel hypotheses about refinements to the vertical hardware-software stack. Possible areas of responsibility include: modifying OS kernels (e.g., FreeBSD), adapting compiler suites (e.g., Clang/LLVM); extending an open-source Bluespec-based research-processor design (CHERI); supporting an early-adopter user community for open-source hardware and software; and improving the quality and performance of hardware-software prototypes. The successful candidate must be willing to travel in the UK and abroad engaging with downstream user communities.

Ideal candidates for the post-doctoral position will hold, or shortly complete, a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar, and have a strong publication track record in the research areas of interest. Ideal candidates for the research-assistant position will hold, or shortly complete, an undergraduate or Masters degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar. Both positions require significant experience with the C programming language, at least one UNIX-like operating system, and revision control. An ideal candidate would also have practical experience with at least one of the following: OS-kernel development, compiler internals, or Bluespec System Verilog. Knowledge of computer security is highly desirable.

Good interpersonal and organisational skills and the ability to work in an international team at multiple sites are also essential.

A successful applicant starting as a Research Assistant (without a PhD) will start at Grade 5 (£24,289 – £27,318) and a successful applicant starting as a Research Associate (with a PhD) will start at Grade 7 (£28,132 – £36,661).

This post is intended to start on 1 July 2014, although flexibility is available.

Questions about the post may be addressed to Dr Robert. N. Watson

Applications are preferred via University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a brief statement of the contribution you would make to the project in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please quote reference NR02839 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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