Research Fellow in Informatics Ref 6119

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics, Informatics
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 31 December 2022
Reference: 6119
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 3 June 2021
Closing date:  21 June 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 1 July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

We are recruiting a research fellow to develop and evaluate software systems for a challenging project entitled Cybersecurity visualization: collaborative graphical tools for security policies.  The project is a collaboration between the University of Sussex and Qatar University. 

The project’s goal is to test alternative approaches to supporting the collaboration between managers who devise access control policies for computing resources and IT specialists who implement those policies digitally.  Communication between managers and IT specialists is a substantial problem, because they don't share technical languages and are unfamiliar with each other’s contexts and systems. 

The project is investigating how innovative graphical tools, interactive information visualizations, can solve the communication and collaboration problem.  The visualizations will serve as a common language for managers and IT specialists, through which they can share meaningful, precise and detailed specifications of policies and explore the implications for the security of digital resources. 

The principal role of the post-holder will be to work on design of the visualizations, lead the software implementation of interactive graphical tools, and to contribute to their evaluation.

You will be based at Sussex, work under the supervision of Prof Peter Cheng, and be a member of the Representational Systems (RepSys) Laboratory within the Creative Technology Research Group.  Locally you will work closely members of the RepSys Lab, and at a distance you will collaborate with the team members in Qatar University. 

Applicants should have qualifications in computer science or a cognate discipline.

We are seeking someone with substantial software systems development experience and diverse skills, especially: JavaScript, Java, HTML5, PHP, databases, graphical user interface design, and HCI.  Some knowledge of access control systems would be advantageous.  A PhD in a subject area relevant to the project is desirable, but not essential.  Additionally, skill in programming for data analysis is desirable (Python, MatLab), as would be a knowledge of cognitive science.

When applying, please fill in the application form and attach a full CV.  Use the space for additional information to explain how your skills are suited to the project, making reference to the essential and desirable sets of criteria outlined in the Job Description.   

Please contact Professor Peter Cheng, for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

Download job description and person specification Ref 6119 [PDF 200.83KB]

Visa Sponsorship Queries:
If you require visa sponsorship from the University of Sussex to undertake this role, you can find further information on our Visa page or contact to discuss your personal circumstances and whether you meet the criteria.

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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