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Mobile Security Researcher (Android) – Summer Student Employment

Category: Hourly, Summer Temporary Employment Program "STEP"
Closing Date: April 24, 2018

Supervisor:  Yasir Malik. Dept. of Information Systems Security and Assurance, Concordia University of Edmonton.

Research Project:  Google is committed to ensuring that Android is a safe ecosystem for its users and developers.
However, the increased popularity and monetary gains have prompted serious security threats such as malware to
target Android devices, resulting in big growth in malware applications on app stores. Academic and Industrial research
has concluded that conventional malware security prevention approaches and tools are not capable enough to mitigate
the security threats of Android system and needs to be revisited to meet the growing requirements and challenges of
mobile platforms. The objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive security solution that can mitigate the
security threat such as malware in Android system.

• Research and analyze Android security vulnerabilities.
• Develop software or plugins to assist in the security research process.
• Develop proof of concept for analysis, run-time diagnostics and behavior tracing of Android security threats.
• Participate in ongoing research in Operating system security and machine learning applications.
• Write research reports detailing the analysis, techniques used during analysis, and relevant findings.
• Ability to design and execute on research agenda.

• Must meet the age, residency, and other Student Eligibility requirements of the STEP program as outlined at
• Enrolled in a full-time degree/diploma program and returning to studies full-time in the fall.
• Must be able to successfully pass an employment security check.

• Currently pursuing studies in Computer Science, Information Security or a related technical.
• Knowledgeable in Java, C/C++ and/or other programming languages.
• Familiar with Linux, Android framework.
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
• Ability to work independently, collaboratively and on a team.

Good to have:
• Knowledge of operating system internals: kernel, scheduler, interrupts, context-switching, etc.
• Knowledge of attacks and mitigation methods.
• Operating system internals and hardening (Linux, Android).
• Security assessments and penetration testing.
• Familiar with security tools, automation or frameworks.

Start and End Dates:
May 7, 2017 to August 24, 2018


Standard Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Interested applicants can submit their most recent resume and cover letter to yasir.malik@concordia.ab.ca
mentioning “LastName_ Mobile Security Researcher”in subject. Review of applications will begin April 24th and
continue until the position is filled.