Research Assistant: £26,715 -£30,942 or Research Associate: £32,816 -£40,322
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2026.
A Research Assistant/Associate position is available in the Department of Computer Science and Technology to work on the ERC-funded Interdisciplinary Cybercrime Project (iCrime). We are looking to appoint a computer scientist to work in an interdisciplinary team reporting to Dr Alice Hutchings.
iCrime incorporates expertise from criminology and computer science to research cybercrime offenders, their crime type, the place (such as online black markets), and the response. We will map out the pathways of cybercrime offenders and the steps and skills required to successfully undertake complex forms of cybercrime. We will analyse the social dynamics and economies surrounding cybercrime markets and forums. We will use our findings to inform crime prevention initiatives and use experimental designs to evaluate their effects.
Within iCrime, we will develop tools to identify and measure criminal infrastructure at scale. We will use and develop unique datasets and design novel methodologies. This is particularly important as cybercrime changes dynamically. Overall, our approach will be evaluative, critical, and data driven.
We are looking for researchers with experience in quantitative data analysis, social network analysis methods, experimental research designs, evaluation, data science, and automated data collection (crawling, scraping, parsing, honeypot setup and management). Expertise in cybercrime research is desirable, but not essential. Successful applicants will work in a team to review the relevant literature, design research projects, collect and analyse data, develop tools, and write research outputs.
To be appointed at the Research Associate level candidates should hold a PhD or have significant relevant experience. Suitably experienced candidates with an MSc will be considered for appointment on the Research Assistant scale.
Exceptionally, candidates with other relevant qualifications and experience may also be considered. The position includes membership of the USS career-average pension scheme, paid teaching opportunities, 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 July and conduct interviews shortly thereafter. The expectation is that the successful candidate will start work as soon as possible.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Alice Hutchings (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Please ensure you upload your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter in which you should explain your research interests. Please set out what type of research might be done and the skills which will be brought to bear, along with an indication where help would be sought from colleagues in our interdisciplinary environment. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.
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