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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

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Full-Time, Fixed-Term

The Information Security Group (ISG) is seeking to recruit a Post-doctoral Researcher to model software evolution and build tools to help developers cope with it. The Post-doctoral Researcher will work alongside Dr. Santanu Dash and other software security researchers in the ISG on topics in software evolution, automatic software transformation and related fields. 

This fixed-term fulltime post is funded for 3 years by an EPSRC grant ( on investigating and reducing the impact of rapidly evolving libraries on maintainability and consequently, security of their clients. Applicants with a strong background in all areas of software security and/or software engineering are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have already completed, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant discipline. Applicants should have excellent software development skills and an outstanding research track record in building tools to automate software engineering tasks such as software analysis or software transformation. Applicants should be able to demonstrate scientific creativity, research independence, and the ability to communicate their ideas effectively in written and verbal form.

ISG is one of the largest departments dedicated to information security in the world with over 20 core academic staff in the department. It consistently ranks amongst the top departments in the UK for the quality of its research outputs in Cyber Security (  We work with many research partners in other departments and have circa 90 PhD students working on a wide range of security research, many of whom are fully funded through our Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, one of only four in the UK. We have a strong, vibrant, embedded and successful multi-disciplinary research profile spanning from software security to cryptography and social aspects of security. This vibrant environment incorporates visiting researchers, weekly research seminars, weekly reading groups, PhD seminars and mini conferences, the WISDOM group (Women in the Security Domain Or Mathematics) and we are proud of our collegial atmosphere and approach.  

Further details and an application form are available from our website or contact Human Resources on 01784 414241 Email: [email protected]. Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr. Santanu Dash at [email protected] 

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: [email protected] 

Please quote the reference: 0522-227

Closing Date:   23:59, 30 June 2022

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applicants from backgrounds which are typically under-represented in software security. We are committed to enabling a healthy work-life balance.

Further details:   Job Description & Person Specification    Email details to a friend

Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.

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