Postdoctoral Research Fellow

City, University of London - School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Background
City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 19,500 students (35% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026.

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering is one of the most research active schools at City, both in terms of publication numbers and research income. The school contributed decisively to City's excellent results in The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, an exercise to assess research quality at all UK higher education research institutions. The REF rated 75.7% of City's submissions as being of world-leading 4* (23.3%) and internationally excellent 3* (52.4%) quality. Almost identical percentages were obtained for research in the Department of Mathematics.

The Department of Electrical Engineering has recently been awarded a research grant by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on “EMPHASIS (EconoMical, PsycHologicAl and Societal Impact of RanSomware)”, under the supervision of Professor Tom Chen, PI for the project. This is an interdisciplinary project to study ransomware as a growing cybercrime phenomenon. City is responsible for the more technical aspects of the project.

The School is seeking to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow in the field of malware and specifically ransomware to work with Professor Chen and the project partners, University of Kent, University of Leeds, and Durham University to meet the aims and objectives of the project.

Responsibilities
The main responsibilities of a successful candidate will be to work with the other project partners to investigate ransomware incidents and collect and analyse incident data. The candidate will also be involved in technical analysis of ransomware samples and assist the project team to understand the strategies of ransomware criminals.

Other areas of contribution will be in research administration, dissemination of research findings to conferences, journals and funding bodies, protection of IP and commercialisation activities.

Person Specification
The post holder should have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field, with research experience or training related to information security.

Prior experience with malware analysis or computer forensics is highly desirable. Prior research in cybercrime or network security is desirable.

Additional Information
City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 on 6 March 2018.

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity.

Academic excellence for business and the professions.

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