Research Assistant, Natural & Computing Sciences (NCS151R)

The Department of Computing Science has an opening for a Research Assistant to undertake research on the use of digital behaviour interventions (persuasive technology) in cyber-security. 

School/Section: Natural & Computing Sciences
Division: Computing Science
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Part Time
Grade: Grade 5
Salary: £28,332
Ref No: NCS151R
Closing Date: 19-SEP-2019


Job Description

We are seeking a research assistant to contribute to the SSPEDI project working across in the area of Digital Behaviour Intervention applied to cyber-security. You will contribute to the user-centered development of methodologies and digital interventions for persuading users to comply with organizational security policies. You will be responsible for the computer programming that drives these interventions, and the integration and application of software artifacts provided by other researchers.

Supporting Security Policy with Effective Digital Intervention (SSPEDI) is a three-year, £0.95M, research project sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The successful candidate will have a BSc or an MSc in Computer Science or Information Technology. Excellent programming skills are essential. You will have experience of writing substantial computer programs. You will also be able to write scripts to integrate the function of various computational artefacts into a larger framework. You will have research experience and enjoy teamwork. An interest in digital behaviour interventions and cyber security is strongly desirable.

The appointment will be for 50%. Salary will be paid at the rate of £28,332 pro rata per annum on the Grade 5 salary scale.

As this post is funded by the EPSRC it is available until 26 March 2020.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references .

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This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 19 September 2019

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact

Dr Matthew Collinson

01224 272298

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr Collinson.  

Please quote reference number NCS151R  on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.

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