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Senior Researcher

Date: 19-Feb-2021

Location: Oxford, GB, OX4 4DQ

Company: Nominet



Our name may not be familiar, but you probably use our services every single day – ever visited a website ending in a .uk?   

We’ve been running the national internet namespace for a quarter of a century, sitting proudly at the heart of the UK's critical digital infrastructure.    

Such a responsibility requires world-leading cyber security and we’re gaining a reputation for our innovative new security solutions, protecting our own systems and beyond.   

But we’re also a profit with a purpose business. We invest in making a positive impact of the lives that are being most disrupted in our digital age: young people. We’re known as one of the UK’s leading ‘tech for good’ funders and the commitment to building a connected, secure and inclusive digital future drives everything we do. It’s not just rhetoric – ask our staff.   



At Nominet you can expect a competitive salary (depending on experience of course), plus excellent benefits including 30 days holidays, Healthcare, Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, Wellbeing allowance, Flex benefits and an onsite fitness classes and studio. (There’s likely to be some organised fun along the way too!) 




Working within a team of industry leading DNS Specialists, opportunities like this simply don’t come along every day.  

The Senior Analyst Researcher role offers you the opportunity to combine your technical skills with the opportunity to become a thought leader within DNS whilst helping ensure that Nominet maintain and grow their expertise in all things DNS. You will be a senior team member who enjoys mentoring others whilst also “rolling up your sleeves” and assisting with escalations when required 

Demonstrating a passion for “Best in Class” solutions, you will actively contribute to major forums and standards bodies such as Monitor and take part in mailing lists for IETF, RIPE, DNS-OARC and attend meetings of these groups, reporting back and helping us stay ahead of the game! 




You’ll be investigating the status of current Internet protocols that relate to Nominet’s Internet services, with a strong focus on DNS whilst actively contributing to ongoing developments to change/improve them and research how these protocols are being implemented in the real world.  

But there is a whole lot more to this role too  

  • You will engage with various standards bodies to review/influence protocol change/design work. 

  • Analyse traffic data to the Nominet Authoritive and Recursive DNS platforms using a combination of Nominet’s in house tools, packet captures, and scripts/tools specifically developed for the purpose. Using your findings, you will drive change into operations and business direction for new products and services. 

  • Monitor and test changes to various DNS software implementations of the protocols to develop potential operational improvements/advice for the operations team to implement.  

  • Provide reporting and thought leadership to the Nominet management team in relation to DNS Protocol development and industry direction to assist with future direction of Nominet’s services and products.  




To be a great fit for our team, you’ll have a real interest and enthusiasm for working with the latest tech, keen to explore how innovation can push boundaries and you’ll thrive within a highly motivated bunch of colleagues. You’ll have fresh and exciting ideas, the product of an inquisitive and analytical mind. You’ll have the ability to think laterally and look beyond the obvious to problem solve more effectively. 

In terms of the nitty-gritty...you’ll also have… 

  • Knowledge of existing DNS/DNSSEC protocol standards. 

  • Knowledge of Internet operations with a strong focus on DNS. 

  • Knowledge of existing network and DNS implementations and how different vendors inter-operate. 

  • Knowledge and experience in working with network packet captures. 

  • A confidence in communicating a message and interacting with a range of stakeholders 

  • A willingness to take ownership of your personal development, with our support 




Hit the apply button of course! We’ve kept our recruitment process concise and slick, much like how we operate our business, and the recruitment team welcomes your contact throughout the process. We’re human beings and we want to help you through this, because applying for jobs can be gruelling so we will be in touch soon to let you know the outcome of your application. 





Please note: As part of the job application, you will be asked to complete a brief online application form and profile.

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