Senior Researcher in Computer Science and IT

University College Cork School of Computer Science and IT


Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Computer Science and IT

Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

Personal Voice Assistants (PVAs) such as Amazon Echo, Siri or Google Home are now commonplace and are increasingly used for interaction with phones, tablets, PCs and smart environments such as automated homes or cars. PVAs collect sensitive information such as conversations and sound cues and are used to access important computer systems requiring access control. The project PVASec: Personal Voice Assistant Security and Privacy aims to advance our understanding of security and privacy issues in the PVA context. The project will make contributions in four closely related work areas: (i) PVA Privacy: methods for recording consent management, methods for recording tracking, new insights into information disclosure; (ii) PVA Security: methods for speaker authentication, methods to detect voice command injection; (iii) PVA Denial of Service (DoS): analysis of acoustic DoS and design of detection methods and countermeasures; (iv) Acoustic Sensing: acoustic sensing approaches, detection and countermeasures for acoustic sensing.

In this regard, we are now seeking to appoint a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher. The appointed person will be expected to make significant contributions to the direction and progress of the project, working closely with the Principal Investigator Professor Roedig and with academic and industry collaborators. We seek applications from candidates with expertise in the areas such as cybersecurity, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), signal processing or acoustic localisation. Ideal candidates will also have experience of experimental methods, laboratory testbeds and systems programming. The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will work together with a Post-Doctoral Researcher and two PhD students, forming a new research group with focus on PVA security and privacy.

The School of Computer Science & IT (CSIT) at UCC is part of four major Irish SFI-funded research centres, CONNECT - Centre for Future Networks & Communications, Insight - Centre for Data Analytics, Lero - Irish Software Research Centre, CONFIRM - Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing and it is also hosting two large doctoral training centres (ADVANCE and INSIGHT). CSIT has an active cybersecurity research group working across these centres and the new research positions will be part of this growing research community at UCC.
Applicants are invited from those with a Ph.D. qualification and publications in a directly relevant area.

The start date of the advertised post is November 2020.

Post Duration: 12 months, with a possibility to extend to 48 months

Salary: €46,337 - €49,048 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project Title: PVASec: Personal Voice Assistant Security and Privacy

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Utz Roedig, School of Computer Science & IT; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Monday, 31st August 2020. No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

Contact Person : Professor Utz Roedig

Contact Email :

Job ID : 041032

Contact Number :

Close Date : 31-Aug-2020 12:00

In your application, please refer to