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Research Associate in Systems Software Security
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018641

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/10/2022

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Computer Science

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed Term from 1 December 2022 until 30 November 2024

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

A 2 years postdoctoral position is open in the Advanced Processor Group at the University of Manchester in the UK, in the domain of systems software security. A particular focus of the position is low-level kernel development and software compartmentalization.

You will join the FlexOS project [1, 2], that investigates the development of flexible isolation and hardening features within operating systems and applications. The postdoc will explore porting FlexOS to a hardware capability CPU prototype, ARM Morello [3, 4].

Computer science or computer engineering PhD graduates (or equivalent) with a background and publication record in systems software and/or systems security are sought.


[1] Hugo Lefeuvre, Vlad Andrei Bădoiu, Alexander Jung, Stefan Teodorescu, Sebastian Rauch, Felipe Huici, Costin Raiciu, and Pierre Olivier. FlexOS: Towards Flexible OS Isolation. ASPLOS 2022.


[3] Robert N.M. Watson, Jonathan Woodruff, Peter G. Neumann, Simon W. Moore, Jonathan Anderson, David Chisnall, Nirav Dave, Brooks Davis, Khilan Gudka, Ben Laurie, Steven J. Murdoch, Robert Norton, Michael Roe, Stacey Son, Munraj Vadera. CHERI: A Hybrid Capability-System Architecture for Scalable Software Compartmentalization. IEEE S&P 2015.


As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The 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 good 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: (insert website hyperlink)

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

This is a re-advertisement of the role, previous applicants need not apply. 

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Pierre Olivier


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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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