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Positions in Cyber Security at the University of Bristol, UK

The Cyber Security Group works on a diverse range of topics, spanning from large-scale infrastructures to human aspects of security.  Successful applicants will thus work in a vibrant and growing community creating a lively research atmosphere for students, with ample opportunity for development by participating in reading groups, smaller workshops, and attending summer schools. 

When specific research projects within the group are available for application they will be advertised here:

Lecturer in Cyber Security

Contract type: Open ended
Working pattern: Full time
Salary£39,745 - £51,085
Closing date for applications: 29 January 2023 

The Department of Computer Science is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Cyber Security - specifically in systems security or software security - to join the Bristol Cyber Security Group.

Candidates would have strong track record of research and teaching in one or more of: systems security or software security.

What will you be doing?

Research: You will be expected to carry out excellent research complementing that currently being pursued in the Department especially the Bristol Cyber Security Group, and to publish high quality publications in top venues. You will have the opportunity to apply for your own funding from government and /or industrial sources. 

Teaching: You will be expected to take an active role in providing high quality and innovative teaching in the Department in the area of cyber security. This will include lecture courses, personal tutoring, problem classes, laboratories as well as supervising group and individual projects, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Citizenship: You will be expected to contribute to the effective running of the Department, School and Faculty by undertaking academic leadership roles as specified by the Head of Department.

You should apply if:

  • You are passionate about research into cyber security, including one or more of:  systems security, software security;
  • You have a track record of teaching at university level and the ability to undertake teaching in cyber security covering a broad range of topics;
  • You have a proven ability to publish papers in top venues;
  • You have the potential to lead and grow an area of research in the department;
  • You understand how to implement inclusive approaches in your teaching/research/citizenship.

For more information please view the vacancy here.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Mike Fraser (mike.fraser@bristol.ac.uk), Prof. Awais Rashid (awais.rashid@bristol.ac.uk) or Prof. Ian Nabney (Ian.Nabney@bristol.ac.uk)

Senior Research Associate: Design and Engagement

Contract type: Open-ended (funding fixed for 17 months)
Working pattern
: Full time
Salary: £35,333- £44,737
Closing date for applications: 11 December 2022

We have a vacancy for a specialist in design and engagement, who will work as part of the core team at the University of Bristol, to support the delivery of the strand which explores participatory and co-design process with usability by citizens at the core.

You will be part of the collective of highly-skilled interdisciplinary researchers associated with REPHRAIN, initially from the five lead institutions, but growing further over the lifetime of the Centre as more projects and researcher/practitioners-in-residence start.

The Centre’s researchers will jointly contribute to the REPHRAIN Map that will systematically track the global challenges of preventing and/or reducing online harms for individuals and identify the gaps in our knowledge in this arena, and to the REPHRAIN Toolbox to provide real, actionable, resources for researchers, practitioners and citizens globally. Staff associated with REPHRAIN will take part in all Centre-wide activities including project specific meetings, quarterly All-Hands meetings, masterclasses, Knowledge Exchange events and REPHRAIN showcases.

The postholder will:

  • Utilise creative and design-led approaches to co-design with citizens, designers, software developers and other stakeholders, approaches/tools to make sense of complex data ecosystems and have agency over their online interactions.
  • Play a key role in the Centre’s activities, contributing to the development of the REPHRAIN Map of privacy, harm and adversarial influence
  • Undertake iterative interaction with stakeholders and synthesising and disseminating outputs/insights from projects over the lifetime of the Centre, thus populating the REPHRAIN Toolbox.

We are looking for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Knowledge and expertise in usable security & privacy. Alternatively, a strong background in HCI with a demonstrable interest (e.g., through evidenced work) in protecting citizens from online harms.
  • Knowledge and expertise in participatory design or other co-design methodologies involving diverse stakeholders.

For more information please view the vacancy here.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Awais Rashid (awais.rashid@bristol.ac.uk) and Yvonne Rigby (y.rigby@bristol.ac.uk

Research Associate: Engineering Security and Privacy in Software Systems

Contract type: Open-ended (funding confirmed for 24 months in the first instance)
Working pattern: Full time
Salary: £35,333- £39,745
Closing date for applications: 15 January 2023

For this position, we are looking for a candidate to join our extensive programme of research on Developer-centred Security and Privacy.

The post will particularly focus on understanding the challenges faced by developers when engineering security and privacy in software systems and the development of security and privacy tools and APIs that address those challenges.

Understanding the security and privacy needs of marginalised user groups (e.g., socio-economically disadvantaged communities, refugees, victims of domestic abuse) and developing developer tools to effectively address such requirements are key elements of the work.

There is a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of Cyber Security at Bristol and its interdisciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results in major international conferences and journals.

You should apply if

  • You are passionate about research into one or more of developer-centred security and/or privacy, secure software development processes, software security, HCI studies with developers;
  • You can build strong, effective relationships with a range of people from different sectors and levels of seniority;
  • You have excellent communication skills and can clearly articulate verbally and in writing.

For more information please view the vacancy here.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Awais Rashid (awais.rashid@bristol.ac.uk).

Research Associate: Participatory Design for Equitable Privacy

Contract type: Fixed term (funding confirmed for 12 months in the first instance)
Working pattern: Full time
Salary: £35,333- £39,745
Closing date for applications: 15 January 2023

For this position, we are looking for a candidate to join our extensive programme of research on Privacy.

The post will specifically support EPSRC project, Equitable Privacy, which explores the design of digital applications and services to better account for the privacy needs of vulnerable populations. The post will particularly focus on establishing and running ‘studybeds’ with community organisation partners using a variety of participatory design methods to understand the privacy needs of marginalised user groups (e.g., socio-economically disadvantaged communities, refugees, victims of domestic abuse) and co-design of mechanisms to improve their agency with regards to privacy. The postholder will also develop data gathering toolkits as part of this programme of work.

There is a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of Cyber Security at Bristol and its interdisciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results in major international conferences and journals.

You should apply if

  • You are passionate about research into user-centred security and/or privacy OR have knowledge and experience in participatory design methods;
  • You have knowledge of data and information flows in smart devices and applications; 
  • You can build strong, effective relationships with a range of people from different sectors and levels of seniority;
  • You have excellent communication skills and can clearly articulate verbally and in writing.

For more information please view the vacancy here.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Awais Rashid (awais.rashid@bristol.ac.uk) or Dr Marvin Ramokapane (marvin.ramokapane@bristol.ac.uk).

Potential project areas for PhD supervision

In addition to the predefined projects (when available), members of Bristol Cyber Security Group are interested in supervising projects in the following areas. Please get in touch with the relevant project supervisor to discuss.

MSc Cyber Security (Infrastructures Security)

New for 2022! We're now accepting applications to our new MSc in Cyber Security (Infrastructures Security) where you’ll learn to apply foundational cyber security techniques to infrastructure and will develop the skills for engineering scalable solutions.

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