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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Digital Security by Design


Standard Grade 7: £34,308 - £42,155

Closing date

Jan 26, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Digital Security by Design to join the Energy and Environmental Informatics Research Group at the Oxford e-Research Centre, Department of Engineering Science in Osney Mead.  The post is funded by Innovate UK under the Digital Security by Design programme and is fixed-term to 31st Jan 2025.


This project will provide hardware-enforced protected communication between endpoint devices and security-critical infrastructure utilizing a Quantum Resistant Mesh VPN infrastructure developed in Rust using the ARM CHERI-Morello platform. Key to the project is the development of realistic domain use cases. The successful post holder will lead the development of the use case around the smart energy system and the explosion of connected network devices, all of which must be secure and in which the system user must have high levels of assurance. This will include liaison with relevant stakeholders including network equipment manufacturers such as transformer manufacturers, Distribution System Operators and for the future smart grid will include net system entrants such as Vehicle 2grid system operators etc.


You should hold a DPhil/PhD in a relevant subject (or be near completion), have software development and Linux/BSD system management experience, and have ideally researched on topics of the application of technical cybersecurity systems in user environments.  


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor David Wallom (email:


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Only online applications received before midday on 26 January 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Professor David Wallom

Contact email