Research Associate, Profiling and Modelling Cyber Criminal Careers

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £38,017 per annum
28 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job number ACAD104619
Division/School Academic Faculties
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Closing date for applications 27-Aug-2020

The Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid, is seeking to appoint a Research Associate for 6 months. The group forms part of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) at University of Bristol.

You will join the members of the group engaged with Home Office sponsored project, AMoC: Advanced Modelling of Cyber Criminal Careers. The overall aim of the project is to tackle cyber crime by understanding the social and economic development of cyber criminal careers. Different evidential sources are being analysed to engender a better understanding of the characteristics of cyber offenders and communities thereof. The project is seeking to develop new techniques and software tools that support law enforcement agencies to detect and investigate cyber offenders, cyber threats and online networks.

You will be conducting research on authorship attribution, playing a key-role in the data analysis, data processing and modelling critical to delivering the research and its outcomes using the significant data sources that are already available for analysis. This will include: processing data derived from the available sources; modelling adverse-events and measures of community activity; modelling author re-identification. Experience of data analysis and modelling is an essential requirement for this role.

You will join a thriving and growing team of over 45 researchers engaged in cyber security research and bring a strong data science ethos to the research being conducted. The Group participates in several major initiatives, including leading the AgriTech sector within PETRAS, leading projects as part of the Research Institute on Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) and the Research Institute on Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RITICS), and leading the programme of work on developing a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). The group also leads an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in Large-scale Infrastructures. There is a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of Cyber Security at Bristol and its inter-disciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results.

For informal discussion about the post you are welcome to contact: Professor Awais Rashid ( or Dr Matthew Edwards (

The University of Bristol is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.