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Research Fellow

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Work type: Contract, full-time
Location: Singapore
Categories: PhD, Information Systems Technology & Design, Engineering - Electrical & Electronics/Communications, IT - Network/Systems/Database, IT - Software

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) seeks to hire a qualified individual to fill the position of the Research Fellow, ISTD, SUTD, for the project “Shadow-based Patch Management System for SCADA DMS/EMS”. ISTD (Information Systems Technology and Design) Pillar is involved in high-quality education and cutting-edge research in cyber security. At the core are fundamental disciplines of computer science and electrical engineering. The cyber-security research is carried out in close collaboration with iTrust, the Centre for Research in Cyber Security which was established collaboratively by the SUTD and the Ministry of Defence, Singapore (MINDEF).

The project is funded by Energy Market Authority of Singapore under National Cybersecurity R&D Grant Call and is a collaborative project involving a commercial company and SUTD. The Research Fellow will report to Professor David Yau (SUTD) and will be required to work on the research and development of a system and methodology for patch application in CPS involving electrical power grids. The focus will be on the development of systems for testing reliability of software system before and after patch application, and the development of algorithms for computer output streams and logs from centralized and distributed servers. The Research Fellow will be involved in the development of models of SCADA based EMS/DMS and their simulation from the perspective of patch application. Suitable algorithmic paradigms and techniques will be used as appropriate. A prototype must be developed as a proof-of-concept (POC) and to be tested/deployed in the test-bed environment which will be housed in SUTD but designed for final deployment in collaborator’s site and customer premises.   

SUTD also plans to use the testbed as a precursor towards developing a set of best practices for patch application in a systematic and reliable manner for the electrical power grid. These benchmarks and process guidelines will be useful in the collaborator’s strategic business thrust to gain trust and confidence of their clients who are from the power systems sector. The project will rely on the use of offline simulation tools and packages to generate test cases of various types, as a means of exercising the patched servers and observing their behaviour pre- and post-patch. The simulation will be low-cost and developed in-house so as to make commercialization easier.  Hence, the Research Fellow will also be involved in development of a low-cost simulator which can be used as a platform for cyber security studies.

An ideal candidate would be an independent and resourceful individual and an excellent team player with good interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent writing and presentation development skills are required. Since the project is Translational/commercialization project, the candidate can expect to have a huge potential for applied research, hands-on deployment on a commercial SCADA DMS/EMS systems and further potential for spin-offs.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering with expertise in algorithm development and computer-based systems software development.
  • Candidates who have Power Systems background and have experience with SCADA EMS/DMS related research and development are also encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in publishing original research results.
  • Experience in filing of Intellectual Property will be added advantage.
  • Experience in system software and patch management involving SCADA for cyber physical systems will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge in, and experience with using different commercial academic tools such as Matlab and open source tools such as Mininet are essential.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to commit to a 2-year contract


Applications close: Singapore Standard Time

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