Post-Doctoral Researcher in Cyber Security, Cybercrime, Law and Policy Development

Perth, Australia
29 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • $99,043 to $117,312

Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large, multi-campus university serving communities nationally and internationally. ECU has been ranked in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old and for 12 years in a row, ECU’s graduates have given ECU a 5-star rating for teaching quality.

School of Business and Law

The School of Business and Law develops industry-ready graduates through high quality teaching and learning experiences and engaged, applied research. The School offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate, coursework and research Business and Laws degrees designed to give students relevant theory, practical work experience, and key employability skills. In 2019 the School was recognised as the top public university in Western Australia for Teaching Quality and Graduate Satisfaction in the undergraduate fields of Business and Management, and Law and Paralegal Studies. The School’s overarching priorities over the next five years are to reposition and grow. In a fast-evolving global economy it is vital to remain innovative, with an agenda to demonstrate continuous improvement.

Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CyberCRC)

The CyberCRC has been funded for 7 years by the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program and has also attracted significant funding from its participants. The CyberCRC is an industry- driven collaboration to create and enhance Australian cyber security capability. With two research programs, ‘Critical Infrastructure Security’ and ‘Cyber Security Solutions as a Service’, the CyberCRC will deliver innovative research, education and training outcomes that solve core challenges for public and private sector partners, with flow on effects for broader industry and community. It will support the training and development of the future Australian cyber security workforce through traditional education programs with university and industry partners; cross-seed knowledge from a range of disciplines across industry and academia to influence innovative approaches to cyber security; and build awareness of cyber security habits and risks.

The CyberCRC has 24 participants which includes industry and government entities and universities and fosters collaboration with industry, academia, and government to deliver collaborative research outcomes articulated by industry and government. This research will solve real-world problems that organisations face today and that, in the future, we can deliver these solutions to industry, government and all Australians, while developing over the next 7 years the cyber security workforce of the future that will be embedded into our participant organisations.

ECU is one of only two federal government recognized Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence.

The Role

An exciting opportunity exists for a post-doctoral researcher to become part of the partnership between ECU and the CyberCRC.

This role is funded by CSCRC and will work closely with CSCRC and ECU’s Security Research Institute (ECUSRI - an internationally recognized leader in multidisciplinary security science research, housed in a purpose-built world class cyber security research and training facility) to develop and engage in high quality, impactful research projects that contribute to cyber security in Australia. The role will focus on law and policy as applied to cyber security challenges.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Supporting and developing research initiatives in consultation with the supervisor in the area of cyber security law and policy 
  • Conducting literature reviews and analysis and contributing to high quality academic publications
  • Preparing reports, presentations and manuscripts for an expert audience and peer review 
  • Preparing abstracts and grant applications
  • Supervising of honours theses and HDR students
  • Disseminating research results through writing of high-quality articles and reports for well-regarded journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners

Specific requirements include:

  • A PhD (or equivalent doctoral-level qualification) in Law or undergraduate/JD degree in Law with a PhD in a related discipline
  • Experience and/or interest in research on law and policy as they relate to cyber security
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and the ability to write for both legal and non-legal audiences
  • Must be eligible to apply for an Australian Government Security Clearance 
  • High level qualitative research and demonstrated excellence in publishing in leading journals relevant to cyber security
  • Strong track record of high-quality publications and conference presentations
  • Ability to maintain a sound governance framework for research activities and ensure appropriate ethics approval, reporting and documentation of research outcomes.

Benefits & Remuneration

This full time, 2 year fixed term position attracts remuneration of $99,043 to $117,312  plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities.


Interested applicants are welcome to contact Krishna Prasad, Associate Dean Law, on +61863042217 or for more information.

How to Apply

Your application should include the following:

  1. A statement addressing the selection criteria (no more than 3 pages) and describing your suitability for this position.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV) 
  3. Links to your PhD & other theses and publications (e.g. Google Scholar profile).
  4. (Links to) 2-5 career-best publications where you are the primary author (incl. CORE/ERA rank).
  5. Names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor).
  6. Any other relevant supporting material

Closing Date:

Applications close on Sunday 30 June 2019 at 11:30 pm AWST.

The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community

ECU is diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address under representation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds.