Research Associate in Applications of AI to Cyber Security/Cybercrime

University of Kent - School of Computing

The School of Computing is seeking a Research Associate for a fixed term period of 14 months (with the possibility of an extension) and full time, to deliver the University of Kent’s contribution to an interdisciplinary project titled “ACCEPT: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks” (

The ACCEPT project is funded under the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Human Dimensions of Cyber Security (HDoCS) call in 2016. The project’s overall aim is to develop a framework through which we can analyse the behavioural co-evolution of cybersecurity/cybercrime ecosystems and effectively influence behaviours of a range of actors in the ecosystems in order to reduce human-related risks.

As a Research Associate you will:

  • Discuss with other project team members to determine use case(s) for the software tools.
  • Co-design algorithms and software tools needed for the use case(s) and develop the software tools designed.
  • Analyse data collected from the lab-based and field studies and present research outcomes from the project at academic venues.
  • Assist in the writing up of results for publication in leading academic journals and conferences in computer science, cyber security, AI and data analytics, behavioural sciences, Web, HCI.

To succeed in this role you will have:

  • A PhD (or nearing completion of study for one), or equivalent in Computer Science, especially with research interest in practical applications of AI technologies (e.g. data mining, machine learning and information retrieval), computer security, cybercrime, human factors, psychology or related topics.
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with practical applications of AI related technologies to real-world problems.
  • Excellent programming skills for both client (mobile and web development, user interface design) and server sides (cloud and web services).
  • Experience of writing for academic and research user communities in relevant discipline(s).

The School of Computing is a welcoming and supportive environment that has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We are a well-balanced, inclusive and diverse community that aims to further enhance our achievements and reputation in teaching, research and innovation.

The School is located on two impressive campuses at Canterbury and Medway. Both are safe, friendly, well-equipped and in desirable locations, with excellent schools and a wealth of cultural links and superb transport connections.

Start date for applications: 23 February 2018.

Closing date for applications: 22 March 2018.

Interviews are to be held: 05 April 2018.

Please press the apply button below to go to the university's website where you can view the full job description and also apply for this post. For informal enquiries please contact Professor Shujun Li at

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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