Automotive ICT Security Expert

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Communication Systems Engineering

Working Hours: 5-7 days between June – September 2017 (flexible)

Contract: Contract

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

We are looking for a security expert on a contract basis (5-7 days worth of work between June – September 2017) to contribute to the Security and Integrity of the eCall data and transmission subactivity of I_HeERO project.

The main goal of this sub-activity is to identify the weaknesses of the eCall system (E2E) which is comprised of the IVS and its associated sensors (vehicle domain), the communications link and the PSAP domain.

The identified vulnerabilities, that can lead to malicious and accidental attacks, will be categorised based on the potential impact on the eCall service and the PSAP domain. Final deliverable is the development of a reference security report on the eCall chain (including a security risk assesement and mitigation plan).

About You

Essential experience: 

  • Security within automotive industry / connected vehicles
  • Threat model characterization (identify – explore practical attacks that are able to compromise the system)
  • Vulnerabilities analysis
  • Risk assessment of practical attacks & mitigation plan
  • Wireless access technologies

Desired experience: 

  • V2V, V2I communications
  • GNSS vulnerabilities
  • eCall service/protocols
  • Knowledge of IVS specifications related to eCall


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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