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Senior Research Associate - Cyber Security 

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the largest and most prestigious computing schools in Australia. It offers undergraduate programs in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Bioinformatics, as well as a number of combined degrees with other disciplines. It attracts excellent students who have an outstanding record in international competitions. At the postgraduate level, there is a large PhD research program and coursework programs at the Master’s and Graduate Diploma level in Computing and Information Technology and at Graduate Certificate level in Computing. Our research mission is to be at the forefront of research into new and exciting innovations with profound national and international impact. For further information about the School, please visit

The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CyberCRC) has been funded for 7 years by the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program and has also attracted significant funding from its participants. The CyberCRC is an industry-driven collaboration to create and enhance Australian cyber security capability. With two research programs, ‘Critical Infrastructure Security’ and ‘Cyber Security Solutions as a Service’, the CyberCRC will deliver innovative research, education and training outcomes that solve core challenges for public and private sector partners, with flow-on effects for broader industry and community. It will support the training and development of the future Australian cyber security workforce through traditional education programs with university and industry partners; cross-seed knowledge from a range of disciplines across industry and academia to influence innovative approaches to cyber security, and build awareness of cyber security habits and risks. The Cyber CRC has 25 participants which include 19 industry and government entities and 6 universities. For further information, please visit

The Senior Research Associate will work closely with CyberCRC to develop and engage in high quality, impactful research projects that contribute to the cyber security of Australia. The role will focus on Cyber Security Solutions as a Service Program of CRC under Theme 2.3 - Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in a Hyperconnected World.

About the role

  • Level A $93,578 - $100,090 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • Level B - $105,108 - $123,908 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • 3 year fixed term contract
  • Full-time position (35 hours per week)

Level A Responsibilities

  • Conduct research in the area of cyber security, independently and as part of a team
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Level B Responsibilities

  • Lead some areas of the project where the opportunity arises and where appropriate.
  • Participate in the definition of research directions and actively contributes to the coordination of research activities and research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project, including seeking collaboration with industry partners, as appropriate.
  • Provide leadership to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Joint supervision of honours and HDR students

Selection Criteria for Level A

  • A PhD (or soon to be awarded) in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, communication engineering or related area.
  • Proven ability to conduct high-quality research, development and implementation of critical infrastructure security, network and systems security, Access Control and Policy, applied machine learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Strong track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Proven ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Selection Criteria for Level B

  • A PhD in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, communication engineering or related area.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervisor honours and postgraduate research students.

Position description –  PD 495371.pdf

Pre-employment checks required for this position including qualification verification.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Sanjay Jha – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications close: 2nd December at 11 pm


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