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PhD Studentship in the School of Psychology and Computer Science

University of Central Lancashire

Location: Preston
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th May 2022
Closes: 24th June 2022
Job Ref: DTC022
 

The School of Psychology and Computer Science invites applications for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the Centre for Translational Biosciences and Behaviour. The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £16,062 as well as tuition fees at the UK rate (currently £4,600 per annum). International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees (current rates for EU/international are £14500 per annum). It is expected the successful applicant will commence in September 2022.

The School of Psychology and Computer Science is part of the Faculty of Science & Technology and is located in the purpose-built Darwin Building. The School is well resourced, with an extensive range of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including an established Co-Registration Laboratory for eye movement and EEG recording and a Cognitive Ergonomics/Human Factors Laboratory. The School has a thriving community of PhD and MSc students and has particularly strong links with regional universities, law enforcement agencies, schools, community groups and NGOs.

Essential criteria for the post include having a BSc in Psychology or a related discipline, the possession of strong analytical skills, as evidenced by experience of a range of quantitative research methods, an excellent understanding of a range of statistical methods, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview.

In addition to the application form, applicants are asked to submit a 500-word statement that: (i) outlines why organisational cybersecurity is an important area of academic study; (ii) specifies key theoretical issues that are relevant to the investigation of organisational cybersecurity; and (iii) details areas of potential practical impact for the research (e.g., in relation to company policies or practices).

This position is based in Preston. For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Linden J. Ball: LBall@uclan.ac.uk. Please apply online via www.uclan.ac.uk/jobs or by contacting Human Resources on 01772 892324 quoting the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form

Project Title: Mitigating User Vulnerabilities to Promote Organisational Cybersecurity

Project Description

Cyber-criminals often target system users, who are responsible for up to 95% of cyber breaches. This project investigates strategies to mitigate user vulnerabilities underpinning organisational cybersecurity breaches. Stage 1 of the research will entail a placement within the Airbus Cyberpsychology team to map out the problem space (tasks performed, decisions made, errors reported) to ensure real-world authenticity and the determination of risk factors for unsafe cybersecurity decisions. Stage 2 will be informed by the findings from Stage 1 and will involve experimental work manipulating: (i) representative tasks with different degrees of information sensitivity; and (ii) multiple stresses like time pressure and the presence of environmental distractions. Stage 3 will involve the laboratory development of an intervention (e.g., a decision-support system) for use within the Airbus workplace during a second placement. 

Further Information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Linden J. Ball (LBall@uclan.ac.uk).

For full details go to: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/studentships 

Please apply using the following link, quoting the studentship reference number DTC022:

https://my.uclan.ac.uk/BANP/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon 

For any other queries, please email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk

Closing Date: 24th June 2022

Proposed Interview Date: TBC

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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