Senior Lecturer/Reader in Cyber-Secure Engineering Systems and Processes 

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

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Cyber-Secure Engineering Systems and 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  £51,265 to £57,139 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £71,423 per annum
Apply by  15/10/2017 
Documents 2530 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. Our manufacturing capability is world-leading and combines a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates design, technology and management expertise to achieve ‘Engineering for Life’. 

This position is part of our Manufacturing Informatics Centre that focuses on digitisation, simulation and optimisation of manufacturing processes. Our research includes a mix of ‘pull’ in terms of the needs of the manufacturing sector, and ‘push’ from the opportunities presented by information and communication technologies. We aim to extend the reach of informatics into high-value manufacturing, for example, by digitising and optimising skill-intensive manufacturing processes using new human/machine interfaces and sensing systems that adapt to complex or changing situations. The Senior Lecturer/Reader will also contribute significantly to our Through-life Engineering Services research by developing systems that provides through-life cyber security and assurance.

With increasing connectivity in manufacturing on one hand and growing cyber threats on the other hand, there is an urgent need to address the challenges associated with cyber-secure engineering systems and processes. This position focuses on undertaking research and teaching in cyber-secure engineering systems and processes and developing a research team in the area. The post will 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. The academic 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. 

Candidates will have track record of research in the field of cyber-secure engineering systems and processes, capable of being fully research active, with the ability to draw in national and international research projects and strengthen Cranfield’s international reputation for excellence in manufacturing in general and cyber-secure manufacturing in particular. You will have a PhD in computing, engineering, cyber security or a related area.

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 

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 manufacturing. Research background in digital manufacturing or manufacturing informatics is desirable. You will have experience in writing high quality papers in top rated journals and in developing research proposals. You must demonstrate a proven track record of teaching and MSc/PhD supervision in a relevant aspect of cyber-secure manufacturing. UK Security Clearance will need to be obtained for the successful candidate.