Grant Funded Researcher (B) - Senior Research Engineer

Job no: 514463
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Level B, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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(Level B) $111,031 to $123,210 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation

A 2-year fixed term position available. Flexible work arrangements can be negotiated with the right candidate.

Contribute to research projects developing novel methods for provable network security.

The School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is recruiting a research fellow to work on next generation network security technologies.

Join a world-class research group to work on a project developing provable network security methods that use higher-order graph-based abstractions to model networks and network security problems. Scalable algorithms developed for these models are then used to generate, check, verify and correct network/device configurations for correctness and security issues. The same framework will also be used to predict and plan security countermeasures.

The successful applicant will work closely on theoretical and algorithm development and implementation, assist on dissemination (project deliverables, publications, etc.) across multiple related projects.  You will have a strong work ethic and the ability to work well independently and as a member of a broader team.  You will work closely with collaborators and co-investigators across multiple schools within SET. You will also be fluent in written and spoken English, with an ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and in writing.

To be successful, you will need:

  • To have or about to complete a PhD in related fields such as computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics;
  • Candidates without a PhD who hold the equivalent skills and experience in related topics may also be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience with Python, NetworkX;
  • Demonstrated experience with Web development;
  • Demonstrated experience with IP networking;

The candidate must also be

  • To be eligible to hold a Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence security clearance;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a professional and collegial manner, and to build rapport with all levels of academic and professional staff within a diverse and inclusive work environment; and
  • Commitment to the principals of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Experience and knowledge of the following skills will be beneficial for the role:

  • System and network security including active directory and operating system
  • Machine learning and statistical inference
  • Software Defined Networking, in particularly OpenFlow or P4 and one of the controllers written in Python such as Pox, Ryu or OsKen;
  • Network emulation and virtualisation using LXC or Docker;
  • IP allocation themes, DNS implementation schemes, ACL concepts, configuration of various network protocols and services using open source software (ie. bind, ffr, iptables, Apache, Open vSwitch)
  • Knowledge and some experience with developing higher dimensional visualisations;

You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in these areas as part of your professional development.

 Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. We proudly support gender and cultural diversity and are passionate about creating a more vibrant and enriching community of staff and students.  We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

The Faculty of SET aims to increase the diversity of its staff population and applications from women and gender diverse people are particularly encouraged. You can visit more information in relation to Gender Equity on The University of Adelaide’s website via this link: Gender Equity

To support our staff and students in their academic lives, the faculty celebrates diversity and has a range of programs available including:

  • A variety of flexible working arrangements 
  • Support to staff with caring responsibilities to participate in conferences, workshops, field trips and other approved work-related travel
  • Research support schemes designed to support gender diverse academics to enhance and promote their career
  • On Campus childcare facilities
  • Women’s professional development network opportunities

In addition, we offer salary packaging; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

Application close 11:55pm, Monday, 5 August 2024.

For further information

We understand that a career change is a big decision. This role may even have you considering a move to Adelaide to embark on your next career chapter?

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this role, please contact us for a confidential discussion:

A/Prof. Hung Nguyen
School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 6214


Lauren Richter
Defence and Security Institute Manager

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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