Research Assistant: Capability-based Security via Dynamic Binary Modification (four posts available)

University of Manchester

The appointment will be in the School of Computer Science in the Advanced Processor Technologies Group ( The group is world-leading in advanced and novel low-power approaches to processing, computation and computer architecture.​​​​​​​

The research fellow will work in the MoatE project funded by the UK Industrial Challenge Digital Security by Design via InnovateUK. The MoatE project is a cyber-security demonstrator project for Edge Computing. Led by Iceotope Technologies, and collaborating with Avnet, the University of Manchester plays a key role in this project providing research expertise in low-power edge systems and Arm-based architectures.

The MoatE project will develop a novel software system for Edge facilities, harnessing the new security compartmentalisation features of the Morello platform. The software and networking stack will be hardened against cyber-attacks and implement information analysis and mechanisms to deliver improvements for the efficient operation of edge systems.

MoatE will deliver a Morello-based demonstrator for Edge-facilities, showing added value in: cyber-security; resilience; operational management; and efficiency. Evidencing reductions in CO2 emissions and added social value in enabling and securing the smart cities of the future.

The purpose of the job is to contribute technically to the project, providing research led software engineering deliverables. This is a unique opportunity to design, prototype, analyze and optimise key software components for the MoatE project. The software developed needs to take advantage of the unique cyber-security features offered by Morello. The job also involves engaging with the industrial partners as well as the Digital Security by Design Morello community.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered             

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Mikel Lujan

Email: [email protected]

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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