Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre

Perth, Australia
12 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University (ECU)  is one of only two federal government recognized Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia. ECU is home to the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), established with academic, government and industry partners attracting around $140m of funding. The ECU Security Research Institute (ECUSRI) is an internationally recognized leader in multidisciplinary security science research, housed in a purpose-built world class cyber security research and training facility. ECU is proud to be the first Australian University to be part of The International Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (INCS-CoE) building strong international partnerships for research collaboration and training with world-leading partnerships. ECU is looking for to appoint a number of outstanding post-doctoral researchers to contribute to applied research projects funded though the CSCRC.

Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC)

The CSCRC 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 CSCRC is an industry-driven collaboration to create and enhance Australian cyber security capability. The CSCRC has 25 participants which includes 19 industry/government entities and 6 universities and fosters collaboration with industry, academia, and government to deliver collaborative research outcomes articulated by industry and government..

ECU is recruiting 5 Post-Doctoral Researchers to contribute to one or more of the following areas

  1. Cyber Incident Response (2 Positions, fixed-term project up to 24 month). ECU is leading a CSCRC research theme that focuses on all aspects of incident response capability applied to critical infrastructure and systems of national significance. Successful candidates should have an established track record of applied research in the area of incident response and demonstrate working knowledge of current practices. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute their expertise to other CSCRC projects, including those conducted by PhD scholars, and in particular the ACDC project below
  2. Augmenting Cyber Defence Capabilities (ACDC) (2 Positions, fixed-term project up to 24 month). This CSCRC collaborative project is led by CSIRO’s Data61 and involves a number of Australian organisations interested in developing leading technology solutions to support cyber incident response and training. The objective of the project is to investigate and develop an effective Human-AI teaming approach to cyber incident response and evidence its effectiveness through a number of war-gaming exercises. Research interest and track record in the following areas are sought: Cyber Incident Response, Applied Red/Blue/Purple Teaming or CTF experience, Behavioural Analytics and Modelling, Human-AI Teaming, Operational Technology emulation/simulation (Digital Twinning) Explainable AI, Usable Security, Experiential Learning. Knowledge of critical infrastructure cyber security is desirable.
  3. Cyber For Boards and Gamification for Executive Education (1 Position, fixed-term project up to 24 month). This position is contributing to two CSCRC Collaborative projects led by CSIRO’s Data61. The Gamification for Executive Education is an applied project that uses gamification to raise cybersecurity awareness and literacy of Directors of Company Boards and Senior Executives to ensure that cybersecurity has strong and able leadership from the very top of Australia’s organisations. The focus of this project is on generating impact and cultural change within Australia and the region and will require collaboration and work with senior leaders across Australia. The Cyber For Boards project is developing tools and techniques for Directors and Executives to devise and implement an effective cybersecurity strategy. The project is supported by thought leaders in this field (BAE DI, ACSC and AICD) and will take a design thinking approach to the development of board-level cybersecurity strategy explored and validated through focus groups with senior leaders across Australia. Research expertise is sought in Cybersecurity Education, Experiential Learning, Gamification, Cybersecurity Awareness, Corporate Governance, Cybersecurity Strategy, Design Science.

We invite outstanding applicants wishing to join a dynamic research environment based at the Joondalup campus to apply.

Seeking applicants that can demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline area, e.g., Cyber Security, Computer Security, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Human Factors.
  • Demonstrated research ability and track record in a relevant area (see project descriptions).
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in one or more of the relevant areas (see project descriptions).
  • Conduct research and development on the assigned project(s) as a member of an interdisciplinary project team.
  • Building and evaluating appropriate prototypes/testbeds based on the outcomes of the research.
  • Advice within the field of research to post-graduate students in consultation with the senior researcher
  • Personal attributes that are compatible with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry Personal Excellence and Courage.

These positions are fixed-term appointments with an expected project period of 24 months and are supported by external funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centre’s Program. If the project or funding arrangements end earlier this may impact the term of the employment contract, including termination of employment.

ECU is a WGEA employer of choice in gender equality and a member of the Athena SWAN charter. A range of flexible working arrangements are available along with family friendly facilities available on campus. For information on the benefits of working at ECU, visit our Future Staff website.


Interested applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Helge Janicke ( or Tony Marceddo ( for more information.

How to Apply

Your application should include the following:

  1. A statement addressing the above selection criteria (maximum 2 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

Please apply online by 11:30 pm WST Monday 12 September 2022. Interviews are likely to be held at the end of September.


ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.