Academic Appointment in Cyber Security

Ref: 4192

Aston University

Birmingham, UK

Role Managed by:

Nataliya Mykhalchenko

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6237


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 02/02/2020

Formal Interview Date: tbc

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Academic appointment in Cyber Security at any level including Chair at Aston University

The mission of Aston University is to be the UK’s leading university for students aspiring to succeed in business and the professions, where original research, enterprise and inspiring teaching deliver local and global impact. As such, the future success of our beneficiaries is at the forefront of our strategy. These beneficiaries are defined as those whom the University exists to serve: students, external organisations, and our region and society. Aston University was awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

The Department of Computer Science consists of 35 academic staff and over 500 students.
It has research strengths in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, HCI, Robotics, Digital Health and Software Engineering. CS teaches across the range of undergraduate subjects in Computer Science, including Degree Apprenticeships, and delivers a postgraduate conversion in CS and a specialist MSc in AI and AI with Business. CS at Aston is a core member and theme lead of the Institute of Coding, runs a successful Industry Club, manages a student-led IT service enterprise called Beautiful Canoe, and runs projects awarded by a range of grant awarding bodies including EPSRC, H2020 and Innovate UK. Aston CS achieves some of the highest employability rates for graduates in the UK.

Following a period of expansion, both in terms of new taught provision and funding successes, CS is seeking to grow. Our new BSc in Cyber Security started in 2019 and has recruited strongly, providing us with the opportunity to recruit a number of academics into this specialist area with the objective of establishing and delivering successful taught programmes and building an effective and sustainable research group. We are seeking to appoint full-time academics in Cyber Security or a strongly cognate discipline at any level, including Chair, to contribute to achieving this objective. Applications from individuals with senior technical roles in Cyber Security in industry will also be considered.

A PhD in Computer Science, related discipline, or equivalent industry experience is essential. Non-industry appointees will have considerable teaching experience with evidence of innovation and good student satisfaction, and have a proven track record of sustainable research in Cyber Security or closely-related discipline. Appointees at Senior Lecturer or above will have experience of module or programme development and a track record in successfully securing research funding from external sources such as EPSRC or H2020 or directly from industry. Appointees from industry without extensive teaching or research experience will demonstrate the potential to excel at these and bring insights and experience from industry that provide tangible benefits to our beneficiaries. Appointees at Chair level will demonstrate leadership in teaching, research and external engagement.

Computer Science at Aston is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) with departments of Chemical Engineering, Maths, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management in addition to CS. EAS has a tradition of quality and a reputation for cutting edge research with a current portfolio of grants worth over £18M. Staff are fully supported by the School and more widely in the University through staff development in teaching, research, leadership and media training. EAS has held Athena Swan Silver since 2014.

For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see quoting reference 4192. For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Nataliya Mykhalchenko via email at or on +44 (0)20 7340 6237.

The closing date for applications is midday on Sunday 2nd February 2020.



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