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Research Fellows AI for Security

Cyber Security

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,314 to £40,931 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 February 2023
Interview Date:   Tuesday 21 March 2023
Reference:  2084122FP-R

This is an excellent opportunity if you are an expert in machine learning and have a keen interest in cybersecurity. 

You will join the Cyber Security Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. You will work together with Dr Karafili on the Cyber-ThreaD (Cyber Threat intelligence extraction for autonomous Decision-making research) project that aims to support the autonomous decision-making process by providing attacker-oriented defence mechanisms through the usage of a NLP extractor for cyber- attack attribution. The position preferable starting date is May 2023 and has a duration of 12 months. As a Research Fellow you will manage and lead the day-to-day activities of two research assistants. 

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.   Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Open to researchers from around the world and from diverse backgrounds, the scheme supports those who have the potential and ambition to become leaders in their field, and who want to achieve the remarkable and build an inclusive world.

About you

  • You will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification and experience in Computer Science or a similar area.
  • Have experience in machine learning. Our ideal candidate has expertise in Natural Language Processing techniques for text extraction.
  • While the project is in the area of cyber-attack investigation, you are not required to be an expert in this area, but a keen interest in cybersecurity will be valued. 
  • You will have strong computer programming skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

 The post will be held in the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) ( Ranked in the top 1% of universities globally and among the UK's top 20 for research, the University of Southampton has an international reputation for its research, teaching and enterprise activities. 

Electronics and Computer Science provides a unique, friendly and supportive environment that facilitates use-inspired and multi-disciplinary research, education, training and outreach. We have a range of staff development programmes and a unique mentoring and wellbeing scheme. To find out more about working at ECS, visit:   

ECS holds an Athena SWAN bronze award in recognition of its continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering. 

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

This is a full time fixed term contract for 12 months, with an anticipated start date of 1st May 2023

For more information, contact:  Dr Erisa Karafili:

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Application Procedure 

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote the advert reference 2084122FP-R on all correspondence. 

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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