updated as @ 25 October 2019

We are seeking to hire qualified individuals to fill two positions of the Research Fellow, for the project “Machine learning enabled Physical Layer Cyber-Protection for improving the cyber security of battery systems”.

 

Position 1

He/ she will be required to work on the development of physical layer cyber security on an energy management unit (EMU) in a Stationary Battery System (SBS) by leveraging on the local physical measurements. The Research Fellow will be involved in the development of hybrid models employing combination of first principles, machine-learning and human-in-the-loop concepts. A prototype must be developed as a proof-of-concept (POC) and to be tested/deployed in the test-bed environment namely Electric Power and Intelligent Control/EPIC @ iTrut as well as on a pilot project. 

iTrust also plans to use the pilot for educating the local students and cyber security professionals in the need for SBS, need for securing the operation and importance of physical layer defence. Generic real-time simulators are expensive and not developed for cyber-security studies. It is essential to have such custom developed simulators/platform to advance the research capabilities in specific areas such as energy storage systems. Hence, the Research Fellow will also be involved in development of a low-cost real-time simulator for SBS which can be used as a platform for cyber security studies rather than relying on expensive generic real-time simulator.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering or Power Systems Engineering with focus on battery modelling and/or battery energy management.
  • Candidates with exposure to generic energy storage systems or electric vehicle energy management is also encouraged to apply
  • Any experience in power electronics and converters associated with SBS, and basic knowledge on the communication protocols used by standard SBS will be added advantage
  • Knowledge in, and experience with using different commercial academic tools such as Matlab and open source tools such as OpenModelica is essential.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to commit to a 2-year contract

 

Position 2

He/ she will be required to work on the hardening the security on an energy management unit (EMU) in a Stationary Battery System (SBS) by leveraging on the local physical measurements. The EMU is a single board computer carrying out the energy management functions as directed by a cloud Energy Management System (EMS). The Research Fellow will be involved in the threat modelling for an SBS including EMU and EMS, also map out the cyber security threats and solutions beyond the existing process-based defence. Other part of project involves development of a prototype which is to be developed as a proof-of-concept (POC) and to be tested/deployed in the test-bed environment namely Electric Power and Intelligent Control/EPIC @ iTrut as well as on a pilot project.

The Research Fellow is expected to conduct penetration testing and vulnerability assessment on the EMU and the cloud EMS. The Research Fellow is also expected to conduct of adversary simulation EMU and EMS.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PhD in Computer Science Engineering with focus on IoT, Embedded System and/or cloud security.
  • Basic exposure to penetration testing, vulnerability assessment of IoT devices, embedded systems and cloud computing is essential.
  • Any experience in cyber physical system security, process-based security, and basic knowledge on the communication protocols used by standard SBS will be added advantage.
  • Familiar with scripting languages, for example, Perl, Python, VBscript, Javascript or Powershell etc.
  • Familiar in IoT Architecture (Embedded or Hardware Devices, Software or Firmware)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to commit for at least 1 year contract

 

An ideal candidate for both positions should 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 a translational /commercialization project, the candidate can expect to have a huge potential for theoretical research, hands-on deployment on a commercial SBS and further potential for spin-offs.

Interested individuals may kindly submit their statement of interest and an up-to-date curriculum vitae to iTrust@sutd.edu.sg.  We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.