Research Associate: Security vulnerabilities in IoT

United Kingdom
£33,797 - £38,017
Sep 27, 2020
Oct 25, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid, is seeking to appoint a Research Associate for 12 months. The group forms part of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) at University of Bristol.

You will join the members of the group engaged with PETRAS, the UK National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cyber Security. You will be conducting vulnerability analysis of IoT devices - with a specific focus on those devices that are used in agricultural technologies and studying the potential impact of such vulnerabilities on food security.

This is an experimental research post with hands-on technical research work in collaboration with other researchers and academics in the group, the wider ACE-CSR and importantly with users of IoT in AgriTech. You will play a key-role in the experimental design, including the development of a cyber security testbed for IoT devices in AgriTech settings and its integration into the Bristol Cyber Security Group's state-of-the-art infrastructures testbed.

You will join a thriving and growing team of over 45 researchers engaged in cyber security research and bring a strong ethos of real-world usable tools to the research being conducted in the group. Experience of cyber security, specifically cyber-physical systems security including the internet-of-things, is an essential requirement for this role as is demonstrable experience of studying vulnerabilities in cyber-physical systems through experimental, hands-on, research.

The Group participates in several major initiatives, including leading the AgriTech sector within PETRAS, leading projects as part of the Research Institute on Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) and the Research Institute on Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RITICS), and leading the programme of work on developing a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). The group also leads an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in Large-scale Infrastructures. There is a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of Cyber Security at Bristol and its inter-disciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results.

This position is being offered on a full time, fixed term contract up to 30th September 2021.

For informal discussion about the post you are welcome to contact: Professor Awais Rashid ( ) or Dr Barney Craggs (

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