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Professor in Cyber Security

Agents, Interactions & Complexity

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive - Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 06 May 2016
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  702916FP

Closing Date: Friday, 6thMay 2016

Presentation Date: Monday, 13thJune 2016

Interview Date: Tuesday, 14thJune 2016

The University of Southampton is seeking to appoint a prestigious Research Chair in Cyber Security. The position is sponsored by Roke Manor Research ( and by the Royal Academy of Engineering ( a scheme to strengthen the links between industry and academia. The chair will be based in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science.

The new appointment will play a leading role in the Southampton Cyber Security Academy (CSA), a newly formed partnership between the University of Southampton and key industrial partners in the Cyber Security area ( The CSA provides a unique environment that facilitates use-inspired and multi-disciplinary research, education, training and outreach. It draws together expertise from across the University, including Computing, Electronics, Law, Management, Mathematics, Sociology and Psychology.

We seek an internationally-leading Cyber Security researcher, with expertise in the security and privacy of emerging applications of the internet-of-things and cloud computing, and the protection of cyber-physical systems. However, outstanding applicants from all areas within the science and engineering of cyber security and information assurance will be considered. The appointee will collaborate with researchers and industry partners linked to the CSA, with particular (but not exclusive) attention to the industry sponsor.

Applicants should hold a Chair or equivalent in a relevant area, have a strong publication record, demonstrable research impact, a track record of obtaining funding, and the enthusiasm and drive to carry out research in an exciting, use-inspired, multidisciplinary environment.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver, who will support the University in helping to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role. For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Massimiliano Fiore via or +44 (0) 207 340 6237.

Further details

The post will be held in the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. Ranked in the top one per cent 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.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, ECS was first in the UK for the volume and quality of research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  The volume and quality of ECS Computer Science research is in the top 10 in the UK, with 100% of Computer Science research impact rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The key aims of the research chair are threefold. First, to undertake cutting-edge, pioneering research on the cyber security aspects of the Internet-of-Things in line with the proposal submitted to the Academy (available on request). Second, to forge an effective and thriving collaboration on this research agenda with the industry partner and other relevant parties, so as reinforce our existing industry relations and support our ambition to develop an enduring partnership between academia and industry which acts as a technopole for cyber security in the south of England. Third, to build up a world-class research team and expertise inside the Southampton Cyber Security Academy, so as to support its long-term goals and activities.

Both Electronics and Computer Science and the University of Southampton hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme.  Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

Application Procedure:

Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications, full employment history, latest remuneration and relevant achievements, and should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria in the 'person specification', why the appointment is of interest and what they believe they can bring to the role. This information can be uploaded at quoting the reference number 2429. Three references will be required if you are successful at shortlisting, so please provide the names of three referees on your CV. The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday, 6thMay 2016.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Electronics and Computer Science


Royal Academy of Engineering


At the University of Southampton we promote equality and value diversity.  

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