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3 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader Positions within the Security of Advanced Systems Research Group

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Job reference: UOS015710

Closing date: 11.30pm on Friday 28th April 2017

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Welcome from Professor Guy Brown - Head of Computer ScienceProf Guy Brown

Since it was established in 1982, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield has attained an international reputation for its research and teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, we were ranked 5th out of 89 departments in the UK for computer science research. Our vision is to achieve research excellence and impact by translating fundamental knowledge into practice, through collaboration with end users. Research in the Department is organised into a number of groups covering interests in cybersecurity, machine learning, algorithms, complex systems modelling, natural language processing, speech and hearing, verification, testing, visual computing and organisations, information and knowledge. There is substantial cross-group research activity in many areas, ensuring that research is multidisciplinary and collaborative.

Computer and information security is a rapidly growing interest at Sheffield. In the Department of Computer Science we have recently established a Security of Advanced Systems group, led by Professor John Clark. There is related expertise in other departments such as Law, Mathematics and Statistics, and Politics. Furthermore, Sheffield’s strength in engineering brings many opportunities for collaborative research in cybersecurity, in areas such as robotics and advanced manufacturing. To drive our research agenda in cybersecurity forward, we now seek to make three appointments at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader Level. This is a tremendously exciting time for the Department of Computer Science. I look forward to working with the new members of our cybersecurity group.

Welcome from Professor John A Clark - Security of Advanced Systems Group leader

Prof. John Clark

I am delighted to be leading Sheffield’s ambitious collaborative initiative in Cybersecurity and am very optimistic about our prospects.

Sheffield has an eclectic range of security related interests, with technical expertise within the Faculty of Engineering, and political, social, and legal expertise in the wider University. Within Computer Science our Security of Advanced Systems Research Group has two full-time members, Dr. Achim Brucker and myself. We now seek three further cyber-specialists to join us.

The Department of Computer Science is a leader in the correctness by design approaches to software development and also in machine learning. Rigorous software development has always been (and will continue to be) critical to the development of secure computing systems and we believe machine learning will become a major facilitator in the design and operational support of such systems. Fusing advanced software engineering, machine learning, and cybersecurity expertise and skills presents opportunities for major technical breakthroughs in cybersecurity. Furthermore, Sheffield has a long-standing and excellent reputation in the development of modern technologies. Major high-tech developers, such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAe Systems and Maclaren F1 have invested in the work of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC) and this year has seen the commitments by Boeing and McLaren to co-locate research and development centres alongside it. Sheffield Robotics has established itself as a leading centre of robotics and autonomous systems expertise. Advanced manufacturing, robotics and autonomous systems have been identified as critical to tomorrow’s economies and societies. This recognition comes both globally and in recent statements of UK Governmental strategy. The great potential of these areas will only come if their cybersecurity concerns can be successfully addressed.

Cybersecurity is one of society’s most pressing societal concerns and computer science is at the heart of its endeavours. Rigorous software development is critical to its success. Machine learning is one of the most exciting technologies of our day. Advanced manufacturing, robotics and autonomous systems are amongst the most promising technological developments we know. Put these together and you will begin to understand why we are so excited about the prospects for cybersecurity at Sheffield. I hope you share our excitement and confidence.

Security of Advanced Systems Research Group

The Security of Advanced Systems Research Group has two staff (John Clark and Achim Brucker) and we are now seeking to recruit three further group members with an excellent research record in cybersecurity to build critical mass within the Department. Suitable areas of expertise include (but are not limited to): security policies, threat modelling, authentication, access control, malware and malware detection, network security, secure protocols, intrusion detection, and human factors and security. Candidates who work at the interface of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity are particularly encouraged to apply. Further information on the Security of Advanced Systems Research Group and its collaborators can be found here.

Joining us at Sheffield

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Three posts are available to join us. These posts are open ended and full-time. Terms and conditions of employment will be those for Grade 8 (Lecturer) or Grade 9 (Senior Lecturer/Reader) staff. Although these roles have been identified as full-time posts, we are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities with our staff which benefit both the individual and the University. Therefore, we would consider flexible delivery of the role subject to meeting the business needs of the post. If you wish to explore flexible working opportunities in relation to this post, please contact us. For more information, see: The University of Sheffield is committed to achieving excellence through inclusion. The Department of Computer Science has achieved the Silver Athena SWAN award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. The University of Sheffield is proud to be a Two Ticks employer:

Rewards and Benefits

We offer an excellent reward and benefits package (‘The Deal’):The Deal logo

  • Highly competitive pay, pension, reward and recognition opportunities linked to performance.
  • Salary for Grade 8 (Lecturer): £39,324 - £46,924 p.a. with potential to progress to £52,793 p.a. through sustained exceptional contribution, and for Grade 9 (Senior Lecturer/Reader): £49,772-£55,998 with potential to progress to £64,894.
  • An extraordinary health and wellbeing offer ‘Juice’, that promotes happiness and wellbeing amongst our staff through a broad range of inclusive activities.
  • A comprehensive selection of benefits to suit your lifestyle needs under the umbrella of ‘The Deal’.
  • Access to extensive development and training opportunities, including our award-winning Sheffield Leader programme.
  • Award-winning equality and diversity action which enhances working life for all. 92% of staff tell us that they are treated with fairness and respect (staff survey 2016).

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Closing date

The closing date for applications is 11.30pm on Friday 28th April 2017.

How to apply

Applications should be made online via quoting job reference number UOS015710.

Informal enquiries

If you would like to talk to someone informally about this job and the recruiting department, contact:
Professor Guy Brown on or on 0114 222 1821.

If you have any administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter:
Miss Joanna Heery on or on 0114 222 1825.

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Further Information on the Positions and the Security of Advanced Systems Group

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