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Research Assistant/Associate Cybercrime Centre (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant £26,243 - £30,395 or Research Associate £32,236 - £39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 21 months in the first instance.

A Research Assistant/Associate position is available in the Department of Computer Science and Technology (the "Computer Laboratory") at the University of Cambridge to work within the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre.

The appointed person will work in an interdisciplinary team reporting to Dr Richard Clayton, the Centre's Director.

We collect and study datasets of cybercrime activity - but a key vision of our centre is to make the datasets that we collect available to other academic researchers in order to substantially widen the base of 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.

In particular, we have been developing systems to collect data from a number of the "underground forums" where cybercriminals market and discuss their activities. We have already collected substantial datasets (many tens of millions of posts), which we continue to extend on a daily basis.

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher to join us to work on these datasets. In addition to pursuing their own research interests regarding cybercrime, they will help us achieve a better understanding of the research opportunities that these datasets open up. In particular, we want to focus on establishing what types of tools and techniques will assist researchers (particularly those without a computer science background) to extract value from these enormous sets of data. We will also be looking to extend our collection and need help to understand the most useful way to proceed. We have an open mind as to who we might appoint, but expect that the best candidate will be someone from a sociology or criminology background who already has some experience analysing large datasets relating to cybercrime. The appointee should be looking to develop their own research, but also be prepared to influence how cybercrime research by non-technical researchers can be enabled by effective use of the extremely large datasets that we are making available.

To be appointed at the Research Associate level candidates should hold a PhD or have significant relevant experience. Candidates will also be considered for a position on the Research Assistant scale where they will generally be already working towards a PhD. The position includes membership of the USS career-average pension scheme and the potential to undertake private consulting work. Good knowledge of English and communication skills are important.

We expect to notify those shortlisted for interview in early December and conduct interviews shortly thereafter. The expectation is that candidates will start work sometime early in 2019. Informal enquiries should be directed to Richard Clayton ( ) or Ross Anderson ( ).

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in which you should explain which particular aspects of cybercrime research are of interest to you. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR17199 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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