Research Associate in User-Centred Systems’ Security/Privacy

Job summary

We are looking to hire a Research Associate (post-doctoral) to work on the UKRI Open Plus Fellowship awarded to Dr Hamed Haddadi at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. The objective is to provide better security and privacy for edge devices (IoT & Browser), all the way from the on-device ML models and TEE, to analytics done at the ISP end. The industrial supporters of the fellowship are : Arm Research, Telefonica...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02158
  • Date posted 26 May 2022
  • Closing date 30 June 2022

Job description

Job summary

We are looking to hire a Research Associate (post-doctoral) to work on the UKRI Open Plus Fellowship awarded to Dr Hamed Haddadi at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. The objective is to provide better security and privacy for edge devices (IoT & Browser), all the way from the on-device ML models and TEE, to analytics done at the ISP end. The industrial supporters of the fellowship are : Arm ResearchTelefonica I+DSamsung AI, and CISCO. As part of the Plus component of the fellowship, I will be closely working with The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) addressing the privacy recommendations and regulatory challenges raised by the consumer IoT sector and its data collection practices.

You will join the exciting new Imperial-X initiative as a PDRA, and collaborate with the existing and new faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students in the Computing and I-X. This role is part of Dr Haddadi’s new URKI EPSRC Open Plus Fellowship on Securing the Next Billion Consumer Devices on the Edge. You will have the opportunity to work on larger projects (involving other members of the Department of Computing and Imperial-X, the Institute for Security Science and Technology, as well as external & industry collaborators). You will also have time to develop your own research agenda towards a successful career in academia or industrial research.

The post will be based in Imperial-X at White City Campus, and the Department of Computing at Imperial College London at the South Kensington Campus. The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science in the UK and the world and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2021 REF assessment, the Department claimed the top spot for computer science and informatics. Overall, Imperial College London ranked first in the UK for research outputs, first in the UK for research environment, and first for research impact among Russell Group universities.

The position is fully funded for three years and includes funding for equipment and travel. Depending on success, the position may be extended beyond the initial three years.

Duties and responsibilities

The candidate would be joining the Imperial-X and the Department of Computing under the supervision of Dr Hamed Haddadi. The group currently has 6 Ph.D. students and three postdocs, with new PhD studentships and an engineer position being advertised as part of this new fellowship. We work on topics as diverse as User-Centred Systems, IoT, Applied Machine Learning, Privacy, and Human-Data Interaction (with a systems touch).

Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing world-class research on edge/network privacy and security
  • Supporting existing and new research projects in the group with hands-on contributions and supervision
  • Coordinating contributions to projects by external collaborators
  • Developing new research ideas into publishable results

Essential requirements


  • A completed or about-to-be-completed Ph.D. in computer science, electronics engineering, or a related field*

  • A track record of publications in top conferences or journals in the field

  • Strong knowledge of networking and systems (mobile, IoT)

  • Strong & proven implementation skills in the development of complex software/hardware systems

  • Programming experience in a systems programming language (Java, C++, C#, Rust, C, etc.)

  • Familiarity with applied Machine Learning and platforms (e.g., TinyML, PyTorch, etc)


It is desirable that you have experience in either the development of data management systems or mobile/IoT systems.


*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

Further information

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV, with a list of all publications
  • A brief (up to 2-pages) research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

Informal enquiries related to the position should be directed to Dr Hamed Haddadi: h.haddadi@imperial.ac.uk

For queries regarding the application process contact Jamie Perrins: j.perrins@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

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  • Integrity
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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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