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Research Intern: Backend Developer at the Mobile App X-Ray Project

Posted: 13th June 2018

Oxford researchers from the PETRAS project are hiring research interns this summer to assist with core research at the Department of Computer Science.

The role of backend developer at the Mobile App X-Ray is a challenging and exciting opportunity to assist our cutting-edge privacy research on the data sharing practices of smartphone apps. In this role, you will familiarise yourself with pre-existing code developed to automatically archive and analyse hundreds of thousands of apps from major existing ecosystems. You will iterate on our existing algorithms for decompiling and analysing apps, refactor existing code and database structures, and add your own creative touch to our analysis pipeline to help us discover and communicate insights.

We are looking for highly capable and motivated students, ideally current undergraduate, BSc or MSc candidates reading Computer Science, Engineering Science, or Mathematics, with substantial technical expertise.

The post is expected to be full-time, and take place between early July and early September 2018, ​£408.07- £516.11 per week​, depending on experience. You will be mainly based in the Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, Parks Road. Oxford. OX1 3QD.

Applications should be submitted to​, including a 2-page resume, and a short paragraph of background and interests.

We will start shortlisting the applicants from 5pm on Friday 22 June.

Selection criteria


        -  Proficiency/fluency with Python, NodeJS, Javascript, Go, and SQL (Postgres)

        -  Ability to work both independently, and together as part of a team

        -  Strong interpersonal communication and time management skills

        -  Enthusiasm and interest in learning new skills, and conducting research