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Senior Research Associate in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Monday 31 May 2021
Interview Date:   Thursday 17 June 2021
Reference:  A3233-R

We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to join our team as part of the £3M EPSRC TAS Security node (TAS-S) at Lancaster University. This position is open to both UK-based and international applicants. 

We seek candidates with background and interest in researching trustworthy autonomous systems. Our research topics of interest include the security, risk assessment, threat modelling, verification & validation. As AI/ML techniques are increasingly used for decision making in autonomous systems, we are interested in researching adversarial ML as well as AI/ML verification  

This position offers an excellent opportunity to explore blue sky and applied research, as well as collaborate with a multi-disciplinary group of investigators in accomplishing cutting-edge research in systems security. The role will encompass: 

  • Pursuit of research within the areas of systems, security, and ML.
  • Research engagement with the project’s internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participation in project workshops, seminars, dissemination and outreach events. 
  • Support on reports, presentations, and research proposals. 
  • Supervision of the PhD positions provided to support the candidate’s research. 

This is a full-time position expected to start on/after July 1, 2021. The contract will initially be for a 24-month period and extendible through the project duration of April 2024. 

This is a highly exciting and rewarding role within a research area of high academic and industrial interest for applicants looking to develop their research career, and in playing a key part in a major research effort focused on the future of secure and trustworthy distributed systems. Further details of responsibilities are available in the job description. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Neeraj Suri, or Prof. Plamen Angelov, for informal enquiries. Further information on the group’s research is available at the SL and SSG websites. 

Lancaster University is a top-10 UK University. The School of Computing and Communications, in which TAS-S is based, was ranked 7th in the UK in terms of “world-leading and internationally excellent” research by the UK government’s REF2014 evaluation. Lancaster University is TEF Gold, Times/Sunday Times University of the Year (2018) and Times/Sunday Times International University of the Year (2020). The EPSRC TAS-S node is supported by a range of UK, EU and international academic, industry and policy partners including CMU, Airbus, BAE, Raytheon, Thales, NATO, CODE, AIT, TTTech, Academia Sinica, Arthurs Legal, RISE, and the UK Coast Guard for applied engagement potential. 

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.


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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.



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