BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

Lecturer in Digital Forensics

Location
Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Salary
£38,639 to £41,998 per annum
Posted
02 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2022
Ref
082022-537
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Lecturer in Digital Forensics

School of Computing and Digital Technology

Location: City Centre Campus (Millennium Point)
Salary: £38,639 to £41,998 per annum
Permanent
Posted On: Thursday 01 September 2022
Closing Date: Friday 30 September 2022
Reference: 082022-537

Located in a modern £300m campus in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, the Department of Networks and Cyber Security, part of the School of Computing and Digital Technology, is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to high quality teaching with meaningful learning opportunities, excellence in research and impactful industrial engagement. 

Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments whilst also receiving BCS Accreditation.

We invite applications to join our integrated teaching, research and innovation teams in the Department of Networks and Cyber Security as a Lecturer in Digital Forensics. We embed digital forensic principles and practices into our computer forensic and cybersecurity courses on undergrad and postgrad levels. You’ll be joining a well-established course-team with a proven track record of producing skilled and confident graduates who are ready to meet the demands of the digital forensics industry. The department’s teaching & learning strategy is aimed to equip students with digital forensics skills and knowledge that will boost their employability. The research-and-innovation objective is to enhance the reputation of the department through active engagement with excellent research resulting in high quality outcomes, research-informed teaching, and impactful projects that advance the state of the art within digital forensics practice and research.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

Applicants will teach across a variety of different levels, topics and areas such as: 

  • Mobile device forensics, 
  • Incident response,
  • Digital/Computer forensics,
  • Digital forensic investigation processes, 
  • Digital forensics examination tools.

You will be expected to:

  • Develop teaching materials.
  • Manage learner cohorts.
  • Teach as a member of the Digital Forensics team in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures.
  • Ensure the efficient delivery of teaching programmes in accordance with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures.
  • Set and mark assessments and provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Digital Forensics team to conduct high quality applied research leading to publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings.
  • Develop external partnerships to support bid writing for research funding.
  • Apply practical skills in industry through the delivery of training and consultancy.

Depending on experience, applicants will teach across a variety of different areas, and will be expected to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels from level 4 to level 7 Masters.

Skills and Experience 

Essential

  • A high honours undergraduate degree or distinction in a master’s programme.  
  • Experience of teaching in higher education or have presented regularly to technical audiences in an industry setting.
  • Skills in using a range of mobile device digital forensics examination tools such as Cellebrite, XRY and Axiom are essential. 
  • A PhD or be willing to undertake a PhD in an appropriate discipline.

Desirable 

  • Skills in programming using Python and/or .NET languages are strongly desirable.
  • Membership of a professional body (such as the BCS or the IET) and professional registration (such as CITP or CEng) would be an advantage at all grades.
  • Work/practitioner based digital forensics experience is highly desirable as is experience of writing and delivering either academic papers to a peer reviewed environment or Case Reports/Expert Witness Statements.
  • Industrial certification in professional digital forensics tools would be advantageous.

Benefits

In return for your dedication and hard work, you can expect great ongoing personal and professional development plus the following:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Sickness/absence entitlement
  • Teachers’ Pension scheme
  • Library facilities on all campuses
  • Life Assurance
  • Personal Accident
  • Travel card scheme
  • Car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car share scheme
  • Catering facilities

Selection and Interview Process

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and expected to take part in a first phase short screening interview and successful applicants will then be invited back to participate in a second phase Assessment Centre process, incorporating a more detailed interview, teaching activity and a team-based activity. We welcome applicants seeking a fractional contract arrangement. If you wish to discuss this option, you can do so at interview stage.

For more information on the role please contact Shahid Shabbir at shahid.shabbir@bcu.ac.uk


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