Research Fellow in Cyber Security and Digital Twins

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£36,333 per annum
15 May 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job Description:

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EEECS) at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Research Fellow, to play a key role at its Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).   

The role will investigate new research opportunities in both, 1) the security of Digital Twins, and 2) the use of Digital Twins to support cyber security monitoring and attack responses for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The research will target applications such as electrical smart grids, smart manufacturing facilities, robots, avionics, and emerging autonomous systems.  

The post-holder will investigate novel methods for analysing CPS using Digital Twin platforms, considering IT and physical aspects in tandem, alongside machine learning/AI approaches for security, with the aim to provide effective security monitoring and real-time responses that assure resilience against attacks. The post-holder will develop CPS use-cases, integrate testbeds, and perform experiments to prove novel security techniques.   

Successful applicants will have responsibilities in independent research, preparation of publications, day to day management of project deliverables, and engage with funders and industrial partners. 

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Obtained, or be about to obtain, a PhD in Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • At least 3 years of research/work experience (including PhD research) in an area related to cyber-security, or an area related to cyber physical systems (such as systems engineering, control systems, or formal modelling) with experience related to IT systems.
  • Strong publication record, commensurate with stage of career.  

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.  For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, please click on the Candidate Information link below.  

This is a fixed term post for 36 months, or until 31 May 2026, whichever is sooner.  Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.   

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.  

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.   

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit:  www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/  

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