Research Assistant / Associate in Computer Science and Technology

University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology

United Kingdom

Research Assistant £26,715 - £30,942 or Research Associate £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021.

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 people 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.

We are specifically interested in determining how cybercrime has changed in response the COVID-19 pandemic and our funding requires us to identify new trends, to collect (and share) relevant data, and to rapidly provide an analysis of what is happening, with the aim of assisting in optimising technical and policy responses.

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher to join us in collecting new types of cybercrime data, maintaining existing datasets and doing innovative research using our data. In particular, we have recently acquired a substantial "spam feed" that potentially provides rapid insight into contemporary activity around malware, ransomware and all kinds of fraud.

The person we appoint will define their own goals and objectives and pursue them independently, or as part of a team. An ideal candidate 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.

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 and the potential to undertake private consulting work.

We are not necessarily looking for existing experience in researching cybercrime, although this would be a bonus as would a solid technical background in networking and/or malware analysis. We do seek a candidate with 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 at the end of August 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 Richard Clayton ( ) or Ross Anderson ( ).

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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 NR23459 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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