Research Fellow – Verification of Access Control

University of Southampton

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Full time


£29,301 to £31,076

04 May 2017
03 Jun 2017

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Reference number: SOU-867117FP

Research Fellow – Verification of Access Control

Cyber Security

Location: Highfield Campus

Salary:  £29,301 to £31,076 per annum

Full Time Fixed Term - 1 Year

Closing Date:  Saturday 03 June 2017

Reference: 867117FP

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in the Cyber Security Research Group and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, to work on a project entitled “VAC+: Verifier of Access Control”. This is a one-year grant, funded by EPSRC. The project has a particular emphasis on the development of automated verification techniques and tools for access control that enable detection of security breaches in a systematic and symbolic way.

The successful candidate will undertake work covering the enhancement and application of the VAC framework to handle a larger class of access control models. This involves further development of the VAC framework including tool specification, design, implementation, testing, and review.

Candidates should possess a *PhD in software engineering, computer science, or a closely related discipline, a strong background in the analysis and verification of systems, including a good general knowledge of the security of access control systems and strong programming and software engineering skills.

The candidate must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise his/her own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven research record and publications in the relevant areas.

Electronics and Computer Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme.  Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Anna Lisa Ferrara ( Principal Investigator of the project. 

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be assigned.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 867117FP  on all correspondence.

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