School of Economics

Vacancy: Post-doctoral research assistant

16 May 2017

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The School of Economics is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research assistant to work on an EPSRC funded project ‘EconoMical, PsycHologicAl and Societal Impact of RanSomware (EMPHASIS)’. This project brings together a large number of researchers from across disciplines including computer science, law, psychology and economics, with expertise in cyber-security.

The successful applicant will work within the School of Economics, under the direction of Edward Cartwright and Anna Stepanova, and be involved with two parts of the project. One part of the project is to measure the economic consequences of ransomware; this will entail running surveys and experiments to put a monetary value on computer files, for individuals, firms and other organizations. Another part of the project is to investigate the optimal strategy of cyber-criminals and the ways in which law enforcement agencies can combat attack.

The post would appeal to someone with expertise in economic evaluation, experimental economics, game theory and/or industrial economics. No expertise in cyber-security is necessary but an interest in cyber-security and a willingness to engage with researchers across disciplines would be expected. The post would also give opportunity to interact with relevant user groups, such as law enforcement agencies, and to contribute to general models that can assist in combatting cyber-crime.

The closing date for applications is 4 June 2017.

We expect to interview on 16 June 2017.

Further details are available here.


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