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Research Assistant/Associate x 3 (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant £25,728 - £30,688 or Research Associate £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months.

Three positions are available in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge to work within the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre.

The appointed people will work in a multi-disciplinary team reporting to Dr Richard Clayton, the Centre's Director. To continue our multi-disciplinary approach, we wish to fill at least one of the three positions with someone from a criminology, sociology, psychology or legal background. We also wish to fill at least one of the three with someone from a computer science, data science, or similar technical background. We already have access to large-scale sources of data relating to cybercrime - email spam, malware samples, DNS traffic, phishing URL feeds etc. - which are provided to us by commercial companies, non-profits and trade bodies under various legal arrangements. Building up the contacts and reputation to obtain this type of data has taken many years.

We have also been developing systems to collect our own data, scraping underground forums, monitoring DDoS attacks, tracking BGP hijacks and so on. We do not just work on this data ourselves: a key vision of our centre is to make our data available to many more academic researchers in order to facilitate research into cybercrime. We have a catalogue of data feeds, both historical and real-time, where we have dealt with the legal issues and researchers need only sign a simple license to use our data. We are looking for enthusiastic researchers to join us in collecting new types of cybercrime data, maintaining existing datasets and doing innovative research using our data.

The people we appoint will define their own goals and objectives and pursue them independently, or as part of a team. An ideal candidate with a technical background would identify cybercrime datasets that can be collected, build the collection systems and then do cutting edge research on this data - whilst encouraging other academics to take our data and make their own contributions to the field. An ideal candidate with a non-technical background would use our data to provide innovative insights into cybercrime, whilst working with the more technical members of the team to collect ever more relevant data about cybercrime activity.

This position can be filled by an appropriate candidate at research assistant or research associate level, depending on relevant qualifications and experience. To be appointed at the Research Associate level candidates should hold a PhD or have significant relevant experience. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made as a research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. We are not necessarily looking for existing experience in researching cybercrime, although this would be a bonus. However, for the technical position(s) we are looking for strong programming skills -- and experience with scripting languages and databases would be much preferred. Good knowledge of English and communication skills are important.

We expect to notify those shortlisted for interview in July and conduct interviews shortly thereafter. The expectation is that candidates will start work sometime between August and October 2018.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Richard Clayton ( ) or Ross Anderson ( ).

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