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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  Minimum £35,000 per annum - total salary will include living and mobility allowances in accordance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie action financial regulations, family allowance may also be payable (if applicable)
Grade:  Marie Curie
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 36 Months
Release Date:  Wednesday 08 January 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 09 February 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  STM-105-20

As part of the European Commission funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative training network (ITN) programme: “PriMa (Privacy Matters)”, we are seeking a highly ambitious and talented Early Stage Researcher. 

PriMa is a collaboration between 7 research locations and 7 industrial partner organisations with a focus on the analysis and mitigation of privacy risks in a rapidly digitalising society. The overall objectives of PriMa are:

  • to train 14 creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative researchers as privacy protection experts
  • to contribute to a full understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of privacy protection in a digitalised society and 
  • to contribute to the development of solutions that address this important societal challenge.

The post focuses on ‘Mobile Device Background Sensors: Authentication vs Privacy’ and aims to study the data-richness of background sensor data elements obtained from mobile devices in a continuous authentication scenario. The project has two planned secondments; a 4-month to Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain where the ESR will interact with the research team working on mobile device interaction (e.g., swipe and signature) for continuous authentication and assess privacy metrics and a 4-month secondment with Callsign, London wherein the ESR would trial a series of commercial behavioural solutions with the collected data. The expected outcome of this secondment is a commercially-focused set of results quantifying privacy in different combinations of behavioural biometrics.

As an Early Stage Researcher you will:

  • write regular reports and transform research outcomes into high quality research papers and other project deliverables, communicate the results during regular meetings 
  • provide training support and advice to graduate and postdoctoral scientists and technicians as outlined by the grant holder.
  • attend and present at PriMa training activities and meetings as outlined in the wider programme, including at national/international conferences relevant to the research.
  • interact with the supervisors at University of Kent and the other members of the consortium, coordinating activity across the consortium

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a minimum of a Masters degree (awarded or near completion) or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. computer science, electronics, mathematics or engineering). Your Masters Degree must be completed prior to the start date.  
  • basic knowledge of security and biometric systems
  • english language proficiency 
  • interest in increasing skills across multiple disciplines within the broad field of cyber security 

We encourage applications from highly motivated individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, and in particular the mobility rules applying to this position. Candidates must not have carried out their main activity (work or study) in the UK for more than 12 months within the last three years, and must be within four years of obtaining the first degree that qualifies them for PhD study. This is an absolute rule with no exceptions, and candidates must describe how long they have been in the UK over the last 3 years. Candidates will be registered for the degree of PhD at the University of Kent.

The University of Kent is a leading UK university producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent. Our 20,000 students are based at campuses and centres in Canterbury, Medway, Athens, Brussels, Paris, Rome and Tonbridge.

Interview date to be confirmed, but will be held at a Network-wide Selection Event scheduled to take place in Brussels in March 2020.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. Please carefully read the Additional Information document to ensure the correct and necessary application documents are provided such as CV and cover letter. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: STM-105-20. Informal enquires may be made directly to the ESR supervisor Richard Guest, at

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Please note - Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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