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Research Associate on PETRAS 2: Red Teaming the Connected World (RETCON)

Applications for this vacancy closed on 4 December 2020 at 12:00PM
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Computer Sciences for a Senior
Research Associate - The connected world has brought with it new,
unprecedented kinds of threats from unscrupulous individuals equipped with
arsenals of sophisticated, increasingly AI-driven tools. Whilst organisations
have invested heavily in mechanisms to protect themselves, often using a “red-
team” approach to simulate sophisticated cyberattacks, individuals have
neither the expertise, time, nor money to invest in such defences.



The Red Teaming the Connected World (RETCON) project, part of an EPSRC-funded
PETRAS 2 (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Accessibility and Security)
project seeks to explore ways to better equip end-users with defences and
skills to help them navigate the increasingly complex and hostile digital
world. To do this, it applies social, psychological, and technical methods
involving human-machine and social intelligence at the edge, using a ‘red
team’ methodology. Among prototypes we are developing include personal
assistants that can pentest the smart home, the use of AI methods to generate
“phishing” practice and resilience training for end-users, mapping and
examining connected environments and developing ‘imposter’ devices.



We are looking for a senior postdoctoral research assistant to lead the rapid
design and development of various proof-of-concept prototypes, and to lead a
research programme to evaluate and publish such concepts in relevant high-
impact journals and conferences. Reporting to PI Prof. Max Van Kleek, the post
holder will serve as a core member of Human Centred Computing at the
Department of Computer Science, a large a research group with responsibility
for carrying out research relating to Human Computer Interaction, ethical
algorithms and AI, responsible innovation, and ethical data infrastructures.
The post holder will be expected to provide guidance to junior members of the
research group including research assistants, PhD students, MSc students, and
others.



The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree or close to completion in
Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related
disciplines, OR a MSc/M.Eng in Computer Science or Computer Engineering and
significant research/professional software engineering experience.





You will have extensive software engineering experience, including full-stack
modern Web development and database and system design



Ideally you will have experience conducting research independently as well as
part of a team, ideally in human computer interaction



Work will be based at the Department of Computer Science, University of
Oxford, with the possibility of some remote work during the current pandemic.





The job is fixed term until 31 August 2021 with a possibility of an extension



The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 4th December 2020
Interviews are expected to be held the following week

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within Computer Sciences for a Senior Research Associate - The connected world has brought with it new, unprecedented kinds of threats from unscrupulous individuals equipped with arsenals of sophisticated, increasingly AI-driven tools. Whilst organisations have invested heavily in mechanisms to protect themselves, often using a “red-team” approach to simulate sophisticated cyberattacks, individuals have neither the expertise, time, nor money to invest in such defences.


The Red Teaming the Connected World (RETCON) project, part of an EPSRC-funded PETRAS 2 (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Accessibility and Security) project seeks to explore ways to better equip end-users with defences ...

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Computer Sciences for a Senior
Research Associate - The connected world has brought with it new,
unprecedented kinds of threats from unscrupulous individuals equipped with
arsenals of sophisticated, increasingly AI-driven tools. Whilst organisations
have invested heavily in mechanisms to protect themselves, often using a “red-
team” approach to simulate sophisticated cyberattacks, individuals have
neither the expertise, time, nor money to invest in such defences.



The Red Teaming the Connected World (RETCON) project, part of an EPSRC-funded
PETRAS 2 (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Accessibility and Security)
project seeks to explore ways to better equip end-users ...
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