Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Discribe Hub+

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,931 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
22 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
19 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Department of Information Security

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,931 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance  
Full Time, Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Wednesday 19 May 2021
Interview Date:  Monday 24 May 2021
Reference:  0421-099

Full-Time, Fixed-Term

Salary is £33,797 per annum pro rata. London Allowance of £2,134 will be payable in addition to salary.

The Digital Security by Design (DSbD) Programme, supported through the ISCF, aims to radically update the digital infrastructure currently underpinning the global economy, making it secure against future threats. Discribe is one part of this wider initiative, with funding in place until 2024. The Regulation and Policy work stream, led by Royal Holloway University of London, is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to be based at Royal Holloway with the aim to examine the Digital Security by Design Programme and the technologies that it produces through a Science Technology and Society (STS) studies or related sociotechnical lens.

We are seeking candidates with a relevant PhD, that have designed and carried STS studies in a relevant area and with an interest in digital security technology design and practice. The successful candidate will be able to design and carry out independent research, conduct research that can successfully interrogate the social, cultural and political meanings of technology and relate the findings to the programme’s wider body of interdisciplinary knowledge.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

Additional Information: The ISG is amongst the largest departments dedicated to information/cyber security in the world with circa 20 academic staff in the department, as well as research and support staff. We are an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), we host a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cyber Security and have circa 70 PhD students working across a wide range of security research. We are excited to have received new funding for our CDT which allows us to offer 10 fully funded PhD scholarships for the next 5 years. Our PhD students undertake cutting edge and innovative research that has won national and international awards. 

We have a strong, vibrant, embedded and successful multi-disciplinary research profile, and a strong ethos of working on real world security that encompasses, industry, standardisation, government and society. This vibrant environment incorporates visiting researchers, research seminar series, reading groups and mini conferences, the WISDOM Group (Women in the Security Domain Or Mathematics) and we are proud of our collegial atmosphere and approach.

This is a fixed term post for 18 months.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Lizzie Coles-Kemp on

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements.   We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including part time, job share or compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 0421-099
Closing Date: Midnight, Wednesday 19 May 2021   
Interview Date: Monday 24 May 2021

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Information Security Group within Royal Holloway, University of London.