Postdoctoral Research Assistant

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Posting date: 28 October 2020
Salary: £41,526 to £46,718 per year
Additional salary information: (note: post may be under-filled at grade 7: £32,817 -40,322 p.a.)
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 27 November 2020
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
Company: University of Oxford, Dept of Computer Science
Job type: Contract
Job reference: 148115

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The connected world has brought with it new, unprecedented kinds of threats from unscrupulous individuals equipped with arsenals of sophisticated, increasingly AI-driven tools. Whilst organisations have invested heavily in mechanisms to protect themselves, often using a “red-team” approach to simulate sophisticated cyberattacks, individuals have neither the expertise, time, nor money to invest in such defences.

The Red Teaming the Connected World (RETCON) project, part of an EPSRC-funded PETRAS 2 (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Accessibility and Security) project seeks to explore ways to better equip end-users with defences and skills to help them navigate the increasingly complex and hostile digital world. To do this, it applies social, psychological, and technical methods involving human-machine and social intelligence at the edge, using a ‘red team’ methodology. Among prototypes we are developing include personal assistants that can pentest the smart home, the use of AI methods to generate “phishing” practice and resilience training for end-users, mapping and examining connected environments and developing ‘imposter’ devices.

We are looking for a senior postdoctoral research assistant to lead the rapid design and development of various proof-of-concept prototypes, and to lead a research programme to evaluate and publish such concepts in relevant high-impact journals and conferences. Reporting to PI Prof. Max Van Kleek, the post holder will serve as a core member of Human Centred Computing at the Department of Computer Science, a large a research group with responsibility for carrying out research relating to Human Computer Interaction, ethical algorithms and AI, responsible innovation, and ethical data infrastructures. The post holder will be expected to provide guidance to junior members of the research group including research assistants, PhD students, MSc students, and others.

The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree or close to completion in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related disciplines, OR a MSc/M.Eng in Computer Science or Computer Engineering and at least 3 years research/professional software engineering experience

You will have extensive software engineering experience, including full-stack modern Web development and database and system design

Ideally you will have experience conducting research independently as well as part of a team, ideally in human computer interaction

Work will be based at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, with the possibility of some remote work during the current pandemic.

The job is fixed term until 31 August 2021 with a possibility of an extension

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 30th November 2020 Interviews are expected to be held the following week
We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, Living Wage and Mindful Employer, holding an Athena Swan Bronze Award, HR excellence in Research and Race Equality Charter Bronze Award.
Our staff and students come from all over the world and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diversity groups and champions, for example, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

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