Research Assistant/Associate in Cyber Terrorism Risk

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Cambridge Judge Business School leverages the power of academia for real world impact to transform individuals, organisations and society. Since 1990, Cambridge Judge has forged a reputation as a centre of rigorous thinking and high-impact transformative education, situated within one of the world's most prestigious research universities, and in the heart of the Cambridge Cluster, the most successful technology entrepreneurship cluster in Europe.

We are looking to recruit a Research Associate/Assistant based in central Cambridge to work at the Centre for Risk Studies. The Centre's focus is the analysis, assessment, and mitigation of global risk for the advancement of political, business and individual decision makers.

The purpose of this role is to develop tools and capability to monitor and interpret the UK's vulnerability to potential acts of cyber terrorism, and to develop metrics to further quantify the risk of cyber events. The field of cyber terrorism contains many unknowns, though there is considerable interest from political and industry parties to understand the threat before it arrives. The successful candidate will be instrumental in contributing to this understanding and preparation process. The successful candidate will use various modelling techniques to estimate vulnerability and impacts of cyber terrorism risks to the UK's physical infrastructure. In addition, he/she will contribute to group discussions in the development of cyber terrorism catastrophe scenarios for one of the Centre's major research partners.

You should be educated to postgraduate or PhD level in a relevant specialist subject such as computer or political science, engineering, physics or applied mathematics and will have experience in developing complex models from the ground up. You should have previous research experience in either cyber vulnerability assessment or terrorism/geopolitical analysis, and a willingness to expand and advance this subject matter to analyse a new dimension of techno-political risk. You will also be familiar with risk analysis, economic impact analysis and/or catastrophe science. Strong quantitative, time management and planning skills are all essential requirements for this role. In addition you should be an enthusiastic team member who is driven and committed.

The salary will be in the range of 25,298 - £29,301 per annum for appointment at Research Assistant level or £29,301-£38,183 per annum for Research Associate level (PhD holders). Successful candidates at Research Associate level who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be under-appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5) employed on a salary of £28,452 per annum. Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate (Grade 7).

This is a fixed term appointment for two years in the first instance.

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