Research Associate on Fly2Plan – Enabling a New Aviation Data System-of-Systems Job at University of Oxford – in Oxford

The Cybersecurity Analytics Group in the Department of Computer Science are looking to employ a full-time researcher to work on cybersecurity threat-modelling, security testing and security monitoring 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: threat-modelling and testing of security properties, and development of operational-security approaches to be applied to the system.

You will work closely with the Oxford team on threat-modelling for the system, security-testing strategies for verifying that the required security and privacy properties are met, and development of operational security-monitoring approaches for the system. The post holder will also need to work alongside the wider consortium and where necessary make recommendations for adapting the system to ensure that security and privacy requirements are met. The post holder 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. The post holder will be a member of the wider cybersecurity research community in the University.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant topic (or be close to completion), a strong background in systems cybersecurity: an understanding of threats and security-testing strategies, and a strong background in computer networks and communications protocols. The ideal candidate would also have experience of distributed-ledger technologies and cyber-physical system security. The post holder will be expected to work as part of a collaborative team, interacting with external organisations within the consortium, and may be required to travel within the UK to take part in project meetings.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 30th April.

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