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The successful candidate will work on the Trustworthy Digital Infrastructure for Identity Systems project. They will work closely with the Principal Investigators, the Technical Development Manager, other PDRAs and programme management staff across the team.
The project and role sit within the Finance and Economics Programme which brings together leading experts in data science, machine learning, finance and the social sciences, from both academia and industry to tackle the most challenging questions by producing world-leading research with significant impact. The programme works closely with government and the industry to exploit the potential of new technologies in the financial sector and economic research, and to position the UK as the leader in these areas. The programme is led by the Programme Director, Lukasz Szpruch.
Africa embracement of biometrics as authentication has been made easy by adopting techniques for measuring people’s unique physical characteristics, even so, privacy and security issues still need to be addressed. Developing economies also suffer from the issues such as when citizens cannot provide formal proof of who they are and are therefore unable to access the benefits that an identity provides. The same issue arises where citizens live in remote communities and travelling to official onboarding centres is problematic. There is a drive towards the idea of providing individuals the capability of onboarding themselves remotely using mobile devices and some commercial solutions are starting to be used. These services however have not as yet been recognised a suitable solution for country onboarding, in part because there is not an official standard for their implementation. This project will examine existing research and commercial examples that focus on potential onboarding techniques. It will also review existing standards, for example ISO/IEC 19989-1:2020, to understand existing procedures for defining the use of biometrics and for measurement of their effectiveness. As an output this research will focus on the development of a submission of an ISO Preliminary Work Item for a new biometric standard for remote onboarding of citizens using existing phone technology, e.g. camera and microphone, to capture biometrics.
The successful applicant will initially undertake research in the challenges of trust within digital identity and the concept of remote onboarding. Challenges include trust in law, policy, user credentials, technologies and services; note that these can differ over the diverse set of countries that will be in focus. Under guidance of the research team the new team member will explore these challenges to produce a viable draft for a future standard which will be submitted as an ISO Preliminary Work Item.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This full-time post is offered on fixed term basis for 6-months from the date of appointment (possibility of extension). The successful candidate must be in post no later than 01 June 2023. Research Assistants will be appointed at an annual salary of £36,236. The salary range for Research Associates is £38,850 - £46,200.
This offer includes our excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies, https://www.turing.ac.uk/work-turing/why-work-turing/employee-benefits
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant at a salary of £36,236 per annum.
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