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The objective of this project is to prevent physical attacks against sensor nodes, by developing means to improve the tamper resistance of these low cost devices without significantly increasing their cost. In a first phase that took place over the last 20 months, the project allowed defining cost effective countermeasures for the selected cryptographic primitives and designing a secure co-processor to be integrated in a sensor node prototype. The second phase will entail the analysis of the manufactured device\'s actual resistance against side-channel attacks and its integration in the prototype.
The research will take place in the framework of a European project involving high-level academic and industrial experts. The researcher will also benefit from the dynamic research environment of the UCL Crypto Group (Université catholique de Louvain), with strong interactions with researchers working on related subjects.
The candidate should hold a PhD in electronics, computer science or mathematics, with strong interests in algorithms and signal processing. A preliminary background in cryptology and side-channel attacks is an important asset.
The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) conducts security research for mobile and embedded systems and supports industry and scientific research to improve the reliability of mobile and embedded devices as well as the ecosystem around them. We are currently looking for highly skilled scientific personnel to complete our team.
Applicants should hold Diploma, Master or PhD Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering and bring well-founded knowledge and experience in IT-Security. In particular, we are looking for candidates that have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
How to Apply
Your application should include your current curriculum vitae, MSc/Diploma certificates and grades, a letter of motivation stating your interest in the position and your research interests, and at least two letters of recommendation.
The project is concerned with the application of cryptographic techniques to protect data in scenarios such as cloud computing, outsourcing, or other situations where secure storage and access to data is required on potentially untrusted platforms. There has been a lot of recent research into developing theoretical techniques that support these objectives, including searchable encryption and predicate encryption schemes in particular. The project will investigate the practical issues concerning the selection, implementation and deployment of such schemes for a variety of real application scenarios.
The student will spend most of the time in the academic setting of the ISG, but will be required to spend a minimum of three months at Thales UK’s Reading-based research and technology facility.
We are looking for a strong candidate with background in mathematics, computer science or electronic engineering (knowledge of cryptography is desirable, but not essential). The successful candidate will have good programming skills, communication and team-working skills; a strong interest in security is also desirable.
Funding Notes: The studentship is funded by the UK EPSRC and TRT and will pay university fees plus a stipend of £19,590 per annum) for three years. Note that there are rules for eligibility (please visit http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/students/Pages/eligibility.aspx BEFORE applying for the position).
Application: Informal inquiries to Prof. Keith Martin (keith.martin(at)rhul.ac.uk) or Dr Carlos Cid (carlos.cid(at)rhul.ac.uk).