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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science

Deadline: 19.07.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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The position

A position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available at the Department of Computer Science with the Information Access (IA) research group. The position is available for 2 years.

The IA research group focuses on fundamental system structures and concepts related to the construction of scalable, fault-tolerant, and secure cloud-based information-access services. The group undertakes high-impact interdisciplinary research and innovation at the intersection of computer science, sport science, and medicine. The group is particularly focused on technology innovations in the convergence space of mobility, social networking, multimedia, cloud computing, big medical data, machine learning, and law.

The Department of Computer Science provides a strong international research environment with 18 tenured faculty members, 4 adjunct professors, 4 post doctors and researchers, 11 technical/ administrative staff members and about 22 PhD students. The goal of the Department is to advance the research and teaching of computer science as a discipline, to demonstrate leadership within our areas of interest, and to contribute to society through our education, research and dissemination.

Contact

For further information about the position and UiT contact:

Associate Professor Håvard D. Johansen

For administrative questions, please contact the Department's administration:

The position’s field of research

The postdoctoral research fellow position is attached to the research project Privaton: Protecting shared data with privacy automatons, funded by the Research Council of Norway’s IKTPLUSS program. The project is a collaboration between Information Access (IA) group at UIT, the systems and networking group at Cornell University (USA), and Simula Research Laboratory (Norway). It intersects with various interdisciplinary projects and groups in both sport science and medicine at UIT. The post doctoral candidate is be expected to be involved in this excellent eco-system of computer systems and security researchers, as well as use-case partners, to grow her/his career profile.

Computer systems that process sensitive data are traditionally protected by access-control mechanisms mapping identities of authenticated principals to a set of permission on objects. Security policies are commonly static and provide limited expressiveness (e.g., read, write, and create on files). Use-based privacy policies goes beyond these traditional security schemes by enabling data providers to specify allowable uses depending on how data is actually processed, at run time. Such policies should be attached to data during storage and collection and continue to apply also when data is derived or transferred. Use-based privacy policies change in accordance with data owners’ wishes and with changes in the governing legal frameworks and organizational guidelines.

The postdoctor’s project will continue the work set out in the Privaton project, to research the theoretical foundation, principles, and/or computer systems for use-based privacy and reactive information flow control.

A professional development plan must be submitted at the latest three months after the post-doctoral research fellow is formally employed.

Qualifications

An appointment as post doctor requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in Computer Science, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

The successful candidate have documented interest in operating systems, distributed computing, security policies, trusted execution environments, mandatory access-control mechanisms, and/or other relevant cybersecurity topics. Experience with information flow-control systems, methods, and theory is a plus. Good practical development and operations skills are also beneficial. We will emphasize the quality and relevance of the candidate’s track record rather than volume.

Applicants should have a good command in English.

Emphasis will be attached to personal suitability and the suitability of the research proposal for the Privaton project.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The appointment is for a period of 2 years. Remuneration of PhD positions are in State salary code 1352. In addition to taxes, a further 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The working hours will be utilized for research, research-related activities and research administration.

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Application

Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV - summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Diplomas and transcripts from completed degrees
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • Project proposal, (3-5 pages)
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

You must submit a project proposal, that describe how you scientifically can contribute to the project/described field of research. The proposal must include a progress plan, (total 3-5 pages).

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications through Jobbnorge.

Assessment

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. It is the committee’s mandate to assess the applicants’ qualifications based on their submitted works and the job announcement.

General

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants. 

The objective of the appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions, and no one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period at the same institution.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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