Research Associate in Software Testing and Programming Languages
We are seeking to hire one postdoctoral researcher interested in working at the intersection of software testing and programming languages. The successful candidate will work joint between the Software Reliability Group and the Multicore Programming Group, under the direction of Dr. Cristian Cadar and Dr. Alastair Donaldson. The research will focus on testing compilers for popular programming languages, and understanding the extent to which...
Job listing information
- Reference ENG00096
- Date posted 12 December 2017
- Closing date 15 February 2018
We are seeking to hire one postdoctoral researcher interested in working at the intersection of software testing and programming languages. The successful candidate will work joint between the Software Reliability Group and the Multicore Programming Group, under the direction of Dr. Cristian Cadar and Dr. Alastair Donaldson.
The research will focus on testing compilers for popular programming languages, and understanding the extent to which compiler bugs affect deployed programs. A particular focus of the research will be on bugs that are security-critical in nature, presenting a largely unexplored attack surface whereby software that is correct at the source level can nevertheless be vulnerable to exploitation when erroneously compiled into binary form.
The research will also aim to mitigate this threat at runtime by using novel multi-version execution techniques in which versions of the same program compiled by different compilers are run in parallel. These ideas will be investigated using a number of case studies, together with our industrial and academic partners, which would showcase the techniques of the project in concert.
Duties and responsibilities
The goal of this project is to investigate and design program transformations–both semantics-preserving and semantics-altering–that increase the scalability of symbolic execution. The techniques will primarily be implemented on top of the KLEE symbolic execution engine. You can refer to this paper for more details on the proposed research agenda. However, the project is broader than this, and provides significant freedom to the postdoctoral researcher to shape the course of the project.
To apply, candidates will need to have a strong computing background, experience in building and working with large software testing tools, and proven knowledge in either software testing or practical aspects of programming languages (such as compiler design and implementation).
Candidates are also expected to have a proven research record and publications in the relevant areas. Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the subject area. Excellent pre-doctoral candidates wishing to undertake doctoral studies in this research area will also be considered.
Candidates will have excellent communication skills and be able to organise their own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.
For informal inquiries about this position please contact Dr. Cristian Cadar and Dr. Alastair Donaldson. For further information on the Software Reliability Group and and Multicore Programming Group, and related projects, see http://srg.doc.ic.ac.uk/ and http://multicore.doc.ic.ac.uk/.
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 to £34,040 per annum.
In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:
- A full CV including a publication
- A two-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is
- Transcripts of all higher-education degree
- The names and contact information of two or three referees who can provide letters of
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