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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Computer Science

Location:  Jubilee Campus
Salary:  £28,762 to £43,414 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Tuesday 13 December 2022
Reference:  SCI495822

The advertised position will be contributing to the ESRC funded project “Return on Cyber Security Investment” working with Dr. Ying He in the Cyber Security Group at the School of Computer Science.

In collaboration with a private and a public sector organisation, this project investigates cyber security investment decision making at the board level. The project aims to deliver a novel investment decision model that systematically maps cyber threats to investment decision processes to reason about Return on Investment (ROI). It will comprehensively capture cyber threat data from multiple cyber threat sources and integrate it into the investment decision processes. The decision model will be extensively evaluated in real world contexts with a private sector organisation and a public sector organisation.

The main tasks are:

1.  Establish current decision-making processes on cyber security investment, by surveying/interviewing representatives of key decision makers (i.e. cyber security managers, board members) from our project partners and established contacts. 

2. Deliver a novel decision model, that systematically links cyber threat profiles to the key drivers of ROI, shaped by decision-making processes established in point 1. 

3. Extensively evaluate and iteratively refine the decision model through conducting cyber defence exercises (CDE) (lab experiment) and real-world applications (field experiment) in two settings, with our industrial partners.

Essential Requirements are:

1. PhD or equivalent in Computer Science or Social Science (Human Decision Making) or near to completion of a PhD

2. Knowledge in cyber security risk assessment or human decision making

3. Knowledge in mathematics and optimisation

4. Experience of qualitative methods for data collection and analysis

This is a full-time (36.25 hours), fixed term post for 18 months from start date. Arrangements for job share would be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ying He at Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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