Associate Professor, Trustworthy Data Systems (Cyber Security or Privacy Engineering) (104889-1122) . Job Reference: 1889162

University of Warwick
January 09, 2023
Offerd Salary:£53,353 to £61,823
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£53,353 to £61,823 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Previous Candidates Need Not Apply

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

The University of Warwick is recognised as both an EPSRC-NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and an NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education. The Secure Cyber Systems Research Group in WMG are delighted to offer the opportunity for a talented, committed and ambitious individual to join our outstanding team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the leadership of the group and add to the already substantial portfolio of funding the group enjoys. We work closely with UK Government, research users and the Alan Turing Institute to ensure the excellence and relevance of our research. With a portfolio of around 20 projects, funded through various national and international research councils, charities, governments and industry, the group is recognised as one of the premier groups in cyber security and privacy research in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop your own professional profile and work as part of a successful team, contributing to the development of its teaching and learning activities. In return we will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop your own career and profile by supporting the work of WMG and its partners in the area of Cyber Security and Privacy Engineering. You will lead research, teaching and administration in addition to providing innovative solutions to complex industrial problems by creating a bridge between WMG and interested parties. This role is research focused with minimal, if any, teaching commitment.


Research and Scholarship

• Identify, develop and manage research and act as principal investigator and project leader making a full contribution to the departmental objective of obtaining four 3 star minimum papers in the forthcoming REF.

• Work with senior executives to translate their complex industrial problems into academically robust programmes of research.

• Contribute to the research activities of the department by developing own research programme, planning and co-ordinating a broad research activity or programme, sustaining an extensive track record of published research findings, maintaining an expert reputation in own subject area at least at national, and usually international level, and providing guidance to staff and students on own specialist area.

• Lead the development of research strategy in the subject area.

• Apply for, negotiate and manage research funds to the benefit of the individual's or others' research activity and the research standing of the University as measured by, for example, the REF.

• In managing research projects, manage and develop research staff and students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.

• Publish research outcomes in appropriate refereed journals of international standing, and publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets.

• Engage in external academic activities in accordance with the department's research strategy and which enhance the school's national/international research profile. Such activities may include, for example, delivery of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic bodies, external examining, participation in knowledge transfer, development of industrial links and other related activities, and journal editorships.

Teaching and Learning Support

• Engage in teaching at all levels using relevant teaching methods, e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc, working as part of the teaching team.

• Lead the development of a 1-day masterclass aimed at Senior Executives that leverages your expertise in supply chain analytics and decision making in an industrially relevant and engaging way.

• Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which may be novel or innovative, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of departmental curricula.

• Undertake curriculum design and deliver material across a range of programmes of study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.

• Supervise research students (PhD, M Phil, MSc).

• Supervise UG student projects and, where appropriate, placements and field trips.

• Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching. Coordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programme, course or modules for which the post holder is responsible, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as the Senior Tutor's Office. Provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if required.

Administration and Other Activities

• Contribute to the efficient management and administration of the department by performing administrative duties as allocated by the Chair and by taking on appropriate departmental responsibilities. Such duties may include, for example, Head of Teaching Programme, Admissions Officer or Year Head.

• Provide leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans.

• Likely to contribute to the management or monitoring of budgets (either project-based or departmental) and/or may contribute to the establishment and management of programme/departmental financial plans and budgets, in collaboration as appropriate.

• Contribute to the development of teams and individuals through the appraisal system and by providing advice on personal development.

• Act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Honours degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Computer Science, Mathematics, Cyber Security. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

A PhD or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject or appropriate professional experience. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Expertise in a topic relevant to the advancement of trustworthy systems, particularly privacy or cyber security engineering. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

At least nationally, and usually internationally recognised authority in the subject area with major achievements in research and scholarship. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Excellence in published work at national and international, with the ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research, combining qualitative and quantitative methods. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to identify industrial partners and liaise with them to turn their complex issues into academically robust programmes of research. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to initiate and develop relationships with industrial contacts in order to achieve successful funding applications. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Proven ability in teaching, and able to use a range of innovative delivery techniques to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn, e.g. successful completion of PCAPP. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to develop the curriculum and take responsibility for effective and efficient delivery of Executive Education programmes, Masterclasses and teaching programmes using appropriate assessment techniques. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to work as a strong team member using leadership and excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) with the aim to encourage the next generation of talent. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 11

Understanding of equal opportunity issues. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 12

Engagement in continuous professional development. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 13

Contribution to successful research grant applications. (a, c)

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Closing Date

9 Jan 2023

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