Research Associate on Fly2Plan – Enabling a New Aviation Data System-of-Systems

Computer Science

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University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Feb 2021
  • Salary: Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.
  • REF: 149496
  • Closes: 05th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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Research Associate on Fly2Plan – Enabling a New Aviation Data System-of-Systems

Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford.

Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 p.a.

Fixed term up until 31 January 2022

The Cybersecurity Analytics Group in the Department of Computer Science are looking to employ a full-time researcher to work on formal security verification as part of an InnovateUK-funded research project on aviation data exchange. The research is being carried out in collaboration with a consortium of academic and industrial partners led by Heathrow Airport Limited. The researcher will be based in the Department of Computer Science, Parks Road, Oxford. The post is fixed-term with an end-date of 31 January 2022; it is available immediately and a prompt start is desirable.

The project seeks to research a new model for trusted aerospace data exchange that improves efficiency and scalability and allows new entrants in urban air mobility and autonomous operations to participate. The project will develop a decentralised, multi-owner infrastructure based on technologies including distributed ledgers, file-systems, and messaging protocols for use across the aviation sectors (e.g., airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, ground handling, drone operators). The Oxford research focuses on the security of the system: formalisation and verification of security properties, and development of operational-security approaches to be applied to the system.

This post will primarily be responsible for the formal verification of the security and privacy properties of the system as it is developed, working closely with the Oxford team and wider consortium to identify the necessary properties, verify that the system meets these properties, and where necessary make recommendations for adapting the system to ensure that security and privacy requirements are met. You will be a core member of the Oxford research team, the Principal Investigator is Professor Michael Goldsmith and the Co-Investigators are Professor Sadie Creese and Dr Louise Axon. You will be based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and will be a member of the wider cybersecurity research community in the University.

The successful applican will hold a PhD in a relevant topic (e.g., Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Mathematics or Engineering), ideally having submitted their thesis by 30 September 2020 (or close to completion)

Whilst the role is a grade 7 position, we would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at grade 6 (Grade 6: £29,176 – £34,804 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 5th March 2021, with interviews expected to be held w/c 8th March 2021.

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