Research Associate: Cyber Security Body of Knowledge 

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
£32,548 to £36,613 per annum
28 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate: Cyber Security Body of Knowledge 

Job number   ACAD103078 
Division/School   Faculty of Engineering 
Contract type   Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern   Full time 
Salary  £32,548 to £36,613 per annum 
Closing date for applications   18-Jan-2018  

The Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid, is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher on research into cyber security education programmes. The group forms part of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) at Bristol.
Cyber security is becoming an important element in curricula at all education levels. However, the foundational knowledge upon which the field of cyber security is being developed is fragmented and, as a result, it can be difficult for both students and educators to map coherent paths of progression through the subject. By comparison, mature scientific disciplines like mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology have established foundational knowledge and clear learning pathways. The Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK) project aims to codify the foundational and generally recognised knowledge on cyber security.
You will join this major programme of research on establishing a foundational cyber security body of knowledge to underpin a wide-range of educational programmes – from schools to undergraduate and postgraduate curricula through to continuing professional development.
You will focus on the identification of the knowledge dependencies that impact the learning pathways individuals may follow during their educational journey to becoming a cyber security expert. You will conduct in-depth research, through community consultations with stakeholders and desk research, to develop a set of exemplar learning pathways through education at various levels. These exemplars will form a set of case studies that can be used to elaborate knowledge dependencies across the CyBOK knowledge areas.
You will then use these case studies to identify the knowledge required at each level of education and its dependencies on other knowledge within the CyBOK as well as other general knowledge.
You will have a PhD in social sciences, human-computer interaction, educational research (or closely related discipline) and have good experience of qualitative research methods and user studies, as well as knowledge and experience of inter-disciplinary education programmes.
This post is offered on a full time, open ended contract until 31 July 2019.
It is anticipated that interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Awais Rashid, the Principal Investigator of the project, email: or the CyBOK project manager, Yvonne Rigby,

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