Professor/Reader in Cyber-Secure Engineering Systems & Processes

Cranfield, Bedford
01 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Atkins - Cranfield Professor/Reader in Cyber-Secure Engineering Systems & Processes  

Organisation Cranfield University
School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at  Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work  37 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
Contract type  Permanent
Salary  Professor: Competitive open band commencing at £67,361 per annum / Reader: £51,265 to £71,423 per annum
Apply by   15/10/2017 
Documents  2529 Candidate Brief.pdf 

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. Cranfield Manufacturing is one of the eight major themes at Cranfield University. Our manufacturing capability is world-leading and combines a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates design, technology and management expertise to achieve ‘Engineering for Life’.

In collaboration with Atkins, Cranfield University is now seeking to appoint a new Professorial/Reader position to develop Research and Education in Cyber-Secure Engineering Systems and Processes. This appointment will support the development of a ‘cyber-secure engineering’ research facility at Cranfield and support Atkins in R&D, knowledge transfer, business development and specialist delivery. The Professor/Reader will contribute significantly to the £65m new Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC). The Centre will focus on emerging aerospace challenges such as the integration of drones into civilian airspace, embedding technology into airport infrastructure, and providing self-sensing capabilities for aircraft. The Professor/Reader will also contribute significantly to our Through-life Engineering Services research by developing systems that provides through-life cyber security and assurance.

The candidate is likely to get an opportunity to Head the Manufacturing Informatics Centre. This is a leadership position to strengthen digital engineering and informatics challenges within manufacturing and across the university. The role involves leading several academics and researchers in the area and develop strategic partnerships with industry.

With increasing connectivity in complex engineering systems and processes on the one hand, and growing cyber threats on the other, there is an urgent need to address the challenges associated with cyber-secure engineering systems, processes and environments through-life. The purpose of the role is to provide global thought leadership in cyber-secure engineering for research and education. The post will enhance the research portfolio within the Manufacturing Informatics Centre, and contribute significantly to the MSc in Cyber-Secure Manufacturing. It will also support Atkins and contribute across Cranfield Manufacturing and the university to develop complementary capability in cyber-secure engineering systems, processes and environments, such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

As a candidate, you will have demonstrable experience and leadership in at least one of the following research areas to provide through-life security and assurance and support the engineering for life: 

  • Design of secure engineering processes which embed security
  • Active assessment and management of control systems / SCADA risks
  • Security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems within industrial settings

Candidates will be thought-leaders of international standing within the world of cyber-secure engineering; capable of being fully research active, with the ability to draw in large national and international research projects. You will also strengthen Cranfield’s international reputation for excellence in manufacturing. 

You will have a PhD in computing, engineering, cyber security or related area. You must have demonstrable excellent understanding of the contribution and nature of the relationships between cyber, personnel and physical security in delivering robust cyber-secure engineering systems, processes and environments. You will have experience in outstanding leadership of a research group or team including experience in developing a research team and writing proposals. You must demonstrate an established track record of securing significant research funding from research councils (or international equivalents), government and industry, along with a world-class academic track record in areas within the cyber-secure engineering domain.

This post is subject to a screening process which may in course delay the start date. Successful candidates must meet the necessary security requirements before they can be appointed.

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing, on +44 (0)1234 758555 or (E):