Job reference: SAE-021782
Salary: £36,024-£44,263 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Manchester
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Hours Per Week: 1 FTE
Closing date: 26/09/2023
Contract Duration: 24 months
School/Directorate: School of Engineering

Job Description

A Postdoctoral Research Associate Position (PDRA) is available from 1st November 2023 for 24 months with a possible 12 month extension to carry out research for a fully jointly funded cyber-security for UK future sustainable energy network by Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) and National Grid (NG). The aims of Cyber-SAFEN project is to investigate suitable methods of essential cyber safe and resilient functions and develop an integrated cyber Intrusion Response Defence System (IRDS) for UK electricity networks Protection Automation Control (PAC) systems, Wide Area Monitoring (WAM) PAC systems and SCADA systems against advanced cyber-attacks, and to accelerate the UK confidently moving to low carbon economy.

The work will focus on:

• Research on new emerging techniques and processes to manage security risks by deploying cyber security protection, detection, respond/defence strategies and restore methods for UK energy network cyber-physical system,

• Application of international standards to achieve required cyber security targets,

• Development of advanced cyber intrusion response/defence solutions and resilience strategies to protect UK future active and flexible energy System networks against ad-vanced cyber-attacks,

• Demonstrate and performance evaluation of Cyber-SAFEN solutions.

The work will be carried out at the University of Manchester’s RTDS Simulator laboratory and use a real time (RT) hardware-in-loop (HIL) Virtual Site Acceptance Testing and Training (VSATT) platform to demonstrate Cyber-SAFEN solutions that should be able to distinguish between equipment failure, plant faults, extreme weather impacts and cyber-attacks.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualification in computer science or tele-communication or electrical power systems engineering. Expertise in power system Protection and Control, substation digitisation, real-time hardware testing, computer science and soft-ware development are desirable for this interdisciplinary research project.

The successful candidate should have a proven ability to work independently, strong data analysis and computer programming skills and present results in an effective manner. Good written and oral communication skills are also essential.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

 When completing the additional information section of your application, please ensure you make reference to the job description and person specification above, as this will form an integral part of the shortlisting process.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

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