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Research Associate in Randomness Generation and Testing

School of Computing

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £39,152 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months
Release Date:  Friday 19 March 2021
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 02 May 2021  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  CEMS-014-20-R

The School of Computing wishes to appoint a highly qualified and motivated research associate to work in a project funded by the Quantum Communications Hub v2. 

You will work with Professor Julio Hernandez-Castro and Dr. Carlos Perez-Delgado on the analysis and testing of random number generators, including Quantum Random Number Generators. The main objective of such a research would be to improve on existing generation and testing methodologies, and also to critically evaluate current certification schemes with the objective of devising new certification paths that would be more adept to TRNGs and QRNGs.

The advertised position is for a duration of 24 months (full time) and will provide the successful candidate with a rich collaborative environment: it is positioned within the vibrant and expanding Cybersecurity Research Group at University of Kent’s School of Computing Canterbury campus. 

As Research Associate you will: 

  • be responsible to develop new randomness tests that outperform existing ones
  • assist in the writing up of results for publication in leading academic journals as well as contributing to patent write up
  • present research outcomes from the project at academic venues 
  • travel occasionally between University campuses and other places as necessary (notably York) to conduct the research and engage with interested parties 

To be successful in this role you will: 

  • have a sound background in programming, particularly in python, with good statistical abilities and familiarity with randomness tests and hardware analysis
  • have excellent analytical and writing skills 
  • have the ability to work independently and also as part of a team is essential, along with strong organisational skills and the ability to work on a variety of tasks with deadlines 

If you would like to get more information about the role please contact Julio Hernandez Castro: j.c.hernandez-castro@kent.ac.uk 

The School of Computing is a welcoming and diverse environment that has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award. Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we are proud of our friendly and inclusive culture. We support colleagues through a number of family-friendly policies, including a core hours policy and the right to apply for flexible working, and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence (for example, parental leave).

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: CEMS-014-20-R


We particularly welcome applications from female and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area
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