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Research Associate: Enabling an end-to-end (E2E) scalable security architecture for electric vehicle battery warranty platforms

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Tuesday 20 August 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 23 August 2019
Reference:  A2786

The Energy Storage Group in collaboration with the Security Lancaster Institute at Lancaster University are looking to employ a Research Associate at the postdoctoral level. You will be working in the framework of the activities related to data-based battery life time forecasting.

You will contribute towards the design and development of a communication protocol that satisfies the security requirements for the scalable and resilient transmission of battery pack measurements over to cloud-based battery warranty platforms. The role has four objectives:

1. Develop a demonstrator in which battery-level monitoring components can smoothly and securely interact with cloud-based warranty assessment applications.

2. Design and implementing a system architecture derived out of a lightweight and scalable public key infrastructure (PKI) coupled with a measurement-based Intrusion Detection System (IDS).

3. Build application layer access control policies that are integrated within the overall system architecture.

4. To help the Energy Storage Group and the Security Lancaster Institute at Lancaster University to develop a unique research path explicit to the secure monitoring and measurement of battery packs and also facilitate liaison between the experimental and data modelling teams as well as collaboration partners from the warranty insurance field, Altelium LTD.

You should have a background in computer science, communication systems or related areas. We would welcome applications from applied cybersecurity experts with explicit and proven focus in computer networking as well as people experienced in the context of cybersecurity for building management systems and industrial control systems. Strong computer programming background (C/C++, Python, Java) , knowledge of Internet network protocols, OS security and embedded systems is desirable. A PhD or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely-related field is desired for this position. The ideal applicant will have a track record of high-quality publications in areas of relevance to the project and the willingness to undertake ambitious and challenging research.For more details, please see the detailed Person Specification for this position

The ability to work in a multidisciplinary research environment and liaise with partners across multiple institutions is essential to this post.

Surrounded by three national parks and the Irish Sea, Lancaster is a great place to work and live. 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 equality issues in higher education and research. We warmly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The appointment will be for 12 months with the starting date flexible, but available as soon after the deadline as possible.

Informal enquiries to Dr. Angelos Marnerides ( or Professor Harry Hoster, Director of Energy Lancaster

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