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Investigating methods and interventions to mitigate human susceptibility to cyber-attack attempts within a leading global aerospace organisation

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  • Full or part time
    Dr P Morgan
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We seek an outstanding, talented, and ambitious PhD student to conduct high quality original research with potential impact in the area of Human Factors Psychology and in Particular – Cyber Psychology. The PhD is funded by Endeavr Wales (Airbus and Welsh Government) awarded to Dr Phil Morgan (Reader in Cognitive Science and Human Factors) who will be Director of Studies for the successful candidate.

Dr Morgan is Director of the Human Factors Excellence (HuFEx) Research Group at Cardiff University and is also seconded to Airbus (Celtic Springs, Newport site), working in their Cyber Innovation Hub, as Technical Director for Cyber Psychology and Human Factors for Airbus. The successful candidate will be predominantly based in the Airbus Cyber Innovation Hub working with Dr Morgan and his team, and the wider Airbus Cyber Innovation Hub. As a Cardiff University PhD student, the successful candidate will also have a base within the School of Psychology at Cardiff University and will be expected to engage in opportunities (e.g., training, seminars, other events) offered to all PhD students. The successful candidate will also have access to cutting edge laboratory facilities and study participants both at Airbus (employer of >130, 000 staff) and Cardiff University (predominantly within the School of Psychology).

The PhD will be focussed on the following Cyber Psychology and Human Factors topic: Investigating methods and interventions to mitigate human susceptibility to cyber-attack attempts within a leading global aerospace organisation. These may include human machine interface design interventions, understandable and interpretable visualisations to optimally convey cyber security information, cyber threat awareness training, and other methods identified throughout the course of the PhD.

The majority of the research will be conducted within Airbus as well as at Cardiff University. Airbus is a large-scale leading global aerospace organisation with over 130, 000 employees. Airbus is an organisation at the forefront of cyber security research, with over 650 experts covering more than 10 nationalities mainly based in three countries: France, Germany and the UK. You will be based in the Airbus Cyber Innovation Hub and within the Cyber Psychology and Human Factors Team within the UK.

Eligibility:
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2018-2019 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,777 per annum. All School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money, enhanced for this studentship (by Endeavr Wales funding) due to the industrial focus of the PhD. They also receive a computer and office space (both within the School of Psychology and at Airbus Newport) and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

References

How to apply:

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2019 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).

Please use our online application service at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/psychology

and specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for School funding. Please specify that you are applying for this particular project and the supervisor.

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