Post-Doctoral Research Associate on Virtual TPM Research

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Egham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Apr 2020

Department of Information Security

Location: Egham
Salary: £35,931 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date: Wednesday 01 April 2020
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Fixed-Term, Full-Time Contract (6 Months)

The Information Security Group  at Royal Holloway, University of London, is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for the EU Horizon2020-funded FutureTPM project. The successful candidates will join the Systems and Software Security Lab (S3Lab), supporting the S3Lab research activities related to virtual trusted platform module (vTPM). The position is fixed-term full-time for a period of 6 months.

Project description.

The goal of FutureTPM is to create a Quantum-Resistant (QR) Trusted Platform Module (TPM) by designing and developing QR algorithms suitable for inclusion in a TPM. The algorithm design will be accompanied by implementation and performance evaluation, as well as formal security analyses in the full range of TPM environments: i.e. hardware, software and virtualization environments. Use cases in online banking, activity tracking and device management will provide environments and applications to validate the FutureTPM framework. FutureTPM will provide robust and provably-secure QR algorithms for a new generation of TPMs. A key strategic objective of FutureTPM is to contribute to standardization efforts at EU level within TCG, ISO/IEC and ETSI. Because the TPM shares many functions in common with other widely-used devices, such as HSMs and TEEs, the FutureTPM solution is expected to benefit them as well. The consortium consists of high calibre industrial and academic partners from across Europe, combining QR crypto researchers with TPM developers.


Applicants should possess (or close to obtaining) a PhD degree relevant to the project’s research areas (e.g., Computer Science, Math), and be fluent in English. The ideal candidate should have a strong research track record in an area relevant to trusted systems and trustworthy computing (especially in vTPM), and a proven ability to find innovative solutions. Furthermore, the ideal candidate should be self-motivated, possess software development skills, and should have prior experience with TPMs and vTPM, and be involved within TCG activities. In addition to supporting the project, the position duties will also involve developing novel research ideas aimed at being submitted to relevant cyber-security venues.


This is a full-time post, for a fixed term period of 6 months. The post is based in Egham, Surrey, where Royal Holloway, University of London is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the fourteen Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK recognised by the UK National Security Centre (NCSC) as a Centre of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security Research, and only one of the two HEIs awarded with a Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security.

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.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr Daniele Sgandurra together with Prof. Konstantinos Markantonakis, Prof. Chris Mitchell, and Dr Elizabeth Quaglia from the Information Security Group. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Daniele Sgandurra, at .

Please quote the reference: 0120-002-R
Closing Date: Midnight, 1 April 2020
Interview Date: TBC 

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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