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Research Fellow (Digital Trust and Security) (3 Posts)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-13508

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/03/2019

Salary: £40,792 - £50,132 per annum (according to experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

School/ Directorate: Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 May 2019 until 30 April 2022

We are looking for three outstanding Research Fellows to be part of our exciting and fast-moving plans to develop our capability and capacity in Digital Trust and Security, as part of University of Manchester’s ambitious Digital Futures programme. 


The Digital Trust and Security (DTS) theme brings together and develops expertise across the University on issues such as privacy, data protection, regulation, and governance; responsible innovation; human-centred cyber security in the workplace; cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes, criminals, and victims; and cryptography, software verification, and secure hardware. We work with businesses, local and national government, law enforcement, third sector, and academic researchers from across the world to develop research that helps protect citizens and enhance prosperity.


The Research Fellows will be central to the development of our DTS ‘research clusters’ and will make a strong contribution to the intellectual and practical development of DTS at the University. They will each be based within one of the clusters, working closely with the strategic lead for DTS (Professor Emma Barrett), the cluster leads, and each other to develop and enable world-leading research and innovation in Digital Trust and Security.


The posts will be associated with the following clusters:
• Research Fellow 1: Privacy, trust, and data protection (led by Professor Mark Elliott, School of Social Sciences)
• Research Fellow 2: Cyber-crime and cyber criminals (led by Dr Nicholas Lord, School of Law)
• Research Fellow 3: Digital security in the workplace (led by Professor Gerard Hodgkinson, Alliance Manchester Business School).


More detail on each cluster and the role of the Research Fellows can be found in the Further Particulars.


These posts would suit candidates who are excited by interdisciplinary working, innovation, and stakeholder impact, and who have the academic credentials to thrive in a complex interdisciplinary project environment. 


To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll have a good publication record, and experience of funding application processes. You will demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm to develop a coherent vision for your cluster and for the DTS theme more broadly and will have the ability to bring new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You will be a collaboratively-minded team player who is comfortable working with minimal supervision. You’ll demonstrate the ability to take the initiative when organising resources and delivering results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to develop constructive and productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, from academia, business, government, and law enforcement.


The posts are full-time and funded for three years from 1 May 2019. There is the possibility of extension, depending on success in obtaining funding, and post holders would be given the opportunity and support to develop the skills necessary for and application for promotion to Senior Research Fellow.


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.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies


Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Manager: Professor Emma Barrett
General enquiries:
Tel:  0161 275 4499
Technical support:
Tel:  0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars


The closing date for this job has now passed.