It has become increasingly apparent that the challenges that arise from the integration of emerging technologies into existing social, commercial, legal and political systems will not be resolved by specialists working in isolation. Rather, these complex problems require the efforts of people who can cross disciplinary boundaries, communicate beyond their own fields, and comprehend the context in which others operate. Computer science, information security, encryption, criminology, psychology, international relations, public policy, legal studies, and economics combine to form the ecosystem within which cybersecurity problems and solutions are found but training people to think and work across these boundaries has proven difficult.
UCL has recently been awarded a new interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cybersecurity funded by the EPSRC. The focus of this CDT will be to develop the next generation of cybersecurity leaders in industry and government. These will be highly qualified specialists working across engineering, public policy and crime science who can pull together research and practice that spills over traditional boundaries.
UCL is ranked first in Europe for information security and our Department of Computer Science was ranked first by research output in the latest UK REF. UCL is recognized by GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and our MSc in Information Security is accredited by GCHQ and NCSC. UCL STEaPP is the host of the national Research Institute on the Science of Cyber Security, an initiative of strategic national importance to the NCSC directed by Professor Carr. STEaPP also leads the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity. Dr. Johnson (Crime Science) leads the Dawes Centre for Future Crime which contributes a secure data lab to the CDT, certified to hold sensitive criminal evidence. The departments involved hold active research grants worth £17.9M in cybersecurity, funded by the EPSRC, Royal Society, EU H2020, Lloyds Register Foundation and the ERC.
We are seeking applicants with a strong background in either STEM (CS, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics) or Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, International Relations, Public Policy, Crime Science, Economics, and Management), either recent graduates or mid-career. Candidates will be trained in research and innovation skills in all the multidisciplinary facets of cybersecurity, (computing, crime science, management and public policy) and then specialise within a discipline, with experience gained through projects jointly designed with industrial / government / law enforcement partners.