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Research Associate in Cybersecurity

School of Computing

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £39,152
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 18 Months
Release Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 30 September 2021  (unless otherwise stated)
Reference:  CEMS-077-21

We seek a talented and motivated Research Associate to join School of Computing at the University of Kent.

This post is part of an interdisciplinary project titled “Mobility as a service: MAnaging Cybersecurity Risks across Consumers, Organisations and Sectors (MACRO)”. The project’s ambition is to develop the world’s first agent-based modelling framework that will explicitly focus on cyber security aspects of MaaS (mobility-as-a-service) ecosystems.

You will be made an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Member of the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) and will benefit from activities and frequent scientific exchanges with other members of the Institute. The Institute represents the University of Kent as one of 19 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSRs) in the UK, recognised jointly by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, part of GCHQ) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, part of UKRI). The successful applicant will also be made part of the Cyber security Research group within the School of Computing, and have access to resources and activities of the School.

The role will require a significant level of self-management. You will work under the supervision of Professor Shujun Li in collaboration with a number of researchers from Cranfield University to investigate how to model cyber security and privacy related risks.

 As Research Associate you will: 

  • Lead research activity on the modelling of cyber security risks in MaaS ecosystems, for both individuals and organisations
  • Lead empirical studies for the collection of useful information for modelling cyber security risks in MaaS ecosystems
  • Play an active role in supporting the project as a whole

To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • PhD (or nearing completion of study for one) or equivalent, in Computer Science or a closely related discipline
  • Good experience of undertaking empirical studies with human participants and managing research ethics
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with modelling and simulation
  • Excellent programming skills

The School of Computing is part of the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and prides itself on offering excellent teaching in an environment which is also supporting world-class research in the subject areas in which we teach. We have an excellent track record of achievement in teaching, in research, and in enterprise-led activity, and we maintain strong working contacts with Academic and Industrial Organisations within the UK, in Europe, and worldwide. 

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The HR Team on For informal queries about the post, please contact Professor Shujun Li <> via email.

We particularly welcome applications from female and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area
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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward

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