POST TITLE: Research Fellow in Cyber Security and Ethics
DEPARTMENT: Politics and International Studies
POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Professor Chris Hughes, Chair of PAIS
SALARY: £27,578 - £35,938 pa
REFERENCE NUMBER: 72144-082
CLOSING DATE: 20 September 2012
To undertake innovative, socially impactful, research in one or more sub-fields of Cyber
Security, and as well as other activities supporting the work of the Department of Politics
and International Studies. To contribute to the development and enhancement of the
Department’s reputation for international research excellence and play a key role in its
strategy to secure increase external research funding.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To pursue a programme of research that will make a ground-breaking contribution to
research in Cyber Security.
2. To make an active and full contribution to the Department’s research profile, both
individually and in collaboration with others, in order to meet the Department’s objective
of obtaining the highest possible rating in the Research Excellent Framework (REF).
3. To publish research outcomes in monographs and peer-reviewed journals of
international standing, and to disseminate the results of research and scholarship in
other appropriate ways.
4. A willingness to secure, in collaboration with colleagues where appropriate, external
research funding to facilitate the Department and post holder’s research agenda.
5. To play a key role in the development of the Department’s research clusters in order to
enhance its international reputation, research output.
6. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional
conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Department.
7. To make a significant contribution to the Department’s research strategy, including
providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the
progress of each member of staff’s research programme and to support the Department
in the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities.
8. To work where appropriate with Research Support Services in realising potential
commercial benefits of research for the Department and the University.
9. The ability to function as an independent researcher, including managing research
projects and meeting deadlines.
Teaching and Learning
1. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the
required teaching obligations.
2. To develop your own teaching materials, methods and approaches with guidance from
colleagues in the Department.
3. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work, providing advice on study
skills and with learning problems.
4. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking and providing
constructive feedback, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain
the delivery of high quality teaching.
5. To assist, where appropriate, in the development of new modules and programmes and
in so doing contribute to the design and delivery of overall departmental teaching
Administration and Other Activities
1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be
reasonably required by the Head of Department.
2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working
groups within the department, the faculty and the University.
3. To publish any research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and
to publish and disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other outlets.
4. To attend and present any research findings and papers at academic and professional
conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department.
5. To undertake external commitments, which reflect well and enhance the reputation of
6. To play an active role in relevant research clusters and to participate in all group
meetings and activities.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide
guidance on the main aspects of the job.
POST TITLE: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cyber Security in PAIS
DEPARTMENT: Politics and International Studies
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role
REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL (E) or MEASURED BY:
The post holder must be able DESIRABLE (D) a) Application Form
to demonstrate: REQUIREMENTS b) Test/Exercise
Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant E a, c
PhD in or equivalent in a sub-discipline of politics E a, c
and international relations
A clear research agenda in a sub-discipline of E a, c, d
politics and international relations
An clear and ambitious research strategy as E a, c, d
evidenced by existing and planned peer-reviewed
international journal articles
A track record of, or demonstrable potential for, E a, c, d
securing external research funding
A strategy for developing individual and/or E a, c, d
collaborative bids for external research funding
Ability to work both independently and as part of a E a, c
team on research programmes
Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness D a, c
to learn new techniques
Ability to present results of your research through E a, c, d
verbal and written presentations, to both national
and international audience standard
Evidence of teaching excellence at the D a, c
undergraduate or postgraduate level
Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and E a, c
deliver programmes of research work to tight
Effective communication (written and oral) skills, E a, c
presentation & training skills
A capacity to contribute to the collegial life of the E a, c
department by undertaking administrative tasks
deemed appropriate by the Head of Department
For further information about the University of Warwick, please visit our website at
Department of Politics and International Studies
PAIS is one of the largest and most dynamic departments of its type in the UK. It ranks
highly in all available measures of quality. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
classified 60 per cent of the department’s research as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally
excellent’. This result placed PAIS in the top 7 departments in the UK. The department’s
undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes also rank highly. PAIS has always
featured amongst the top ten UK departments in all newspaper and UK government subject
league tables for research and teaching. The department recently received a maximum 3-
star excellence ranking from the Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany
(CHE). PAIS was ranked 31 in the 2011 QS rankings of the world’s top 150 Politics and
International Studies departments, placing it in the top 5 in the UK. The department has
ESRC recognition in all available categories for its large PhD programme.
With effect from 1 October 2012 PAIS will have a full time faculty complement of 39,
consisting of 15 full Professors, 21 Associate Professors, 5 Assistant Professors, one
Professorial Teaching Fellow, and 4 Teaching Fellows. PAIS will further grow to a
complement of 44 full time faculty by late 2012. There is also a large population of
postdoctoral fellows, 9 as at 1st October 2012, funded by the British Academy, ESRC, the
AHRC, EU funding and the Leverhulme Trust. PAIS generates around £1 million per annum
in research income. PAIS is currently chaired by Professor Chris Hughes.
With its commitment to scholarly excellence and its ambition to consolidate its position as
one of the very best political science departments in Europe and internationally, PAIS places
research at the centre of its activities. Conference participation and ancillary research
expenses are supported generously for research active staff and eligibility for study leave is
available at the ratio of one term for every six served. Five leading international peer
reviewed journals – British Politics, The Pacific Review, Political Analysis, Review of African
Political Economy, and Review of International Political Economy – are edited or co-edited
from the department.
PAIS has a vibrant research culture and an active international visiting speaker programme.
Research is organised into four broad areas: International Political Economy (IPE),
International Security, Public Policy (including political theory) and Democratisation and
Development (including comparative politics). PAIS incorporates three research centres.
The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (Director: Prof. Shaun Breslin)
is a world-leading hub of scholarship and policy engagement in international political
economy (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr). CSGR led the GARNET network of
excellence funded by the EU’s Framework 6 programme and has been home to the first two
Warwick Commissions on the world trade and financial systems. These ventures have
brought global media coverage of the work of PAIS. CSGR is now home to the EU
Framework 7 GREEN project due to commence in March 2011. The Centre for Studies in
Democratisation (Director: Dr Renske Doorenspleet) focuses on questions relating to why,
how and when democracies emerge, sustain or collapse. It also investigates the reasons
why democratisation can sometimes be problematic
(http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/csd/). The Centre for Ethics Law and
Public Affairs (Director: Dr Matthew Clayton) is a new centre established to coordinate and
develop normative inquiry into public affairs address issues of public concern from the
perspective of moral, legal and political philosophy. A key part of the department’s public
policy agenda involves the analysis of ethical and political ideals and their application to
different aspects of public policy (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/celpa).
Research is conducted more informally through a series of reading and working groups that
bring together faculty and PhD students to discuss and develop ideas for projects and
consider work in progress. The department encourages a bottom-up approach to
collaboration, particularly where this involves the development of linkages across research
areas. In addition, the University provides seed-funds for interdisciplinary work through
resources such as the Institute for Advanced Study. PAIS has made considerable use of
IAS resources to develop its research links with cognate departments. Richard Aldrich,
Professor of International Security in PAIS, is the current Director of IAS.
PAIS is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences (also chaired by Chris Hughes). The Faculty
as a whole was recently rated 33rd in the latest Times Higher Education World University
Rankings. PAIS has particularly close links with the Departments of Economics, Sociology
and Philosophy, the School of Law and the Warwick Business School – all of which are part
of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
PAIS has a large and thriving PhD programme, which has full ESRC recognition. At present
annual enrolment stands at 32 with a total cohort of just over 100 PhD students. A student
led group – Critical International and Political Studies (CRIPS) – complements the
department’s formal research and career training for doctoral students by running seminar
series and a variety of support and social activities. PhD students are welcomed into the
department’s formal research groups.
The department currently offers 9 taught MA programmes: International Relations;
International Political Economy; Globalisation and Development; International Security;
International Politics and East Asia; International Politics and Europe; Public Policy; Politics;
US Foreign Policy; and two joint programmes: a joint MA programme with Nanyang
Technological University in Singapore, and a joint MA programme with Konstanz University
in Germany. At present there are over 150 MA students in the department from over 56
The department is involved in teaching 10 undergraduate degree programmes: single
honours Politics; Politics with International Studies; Politics with French; Politics and
Sociology; History and Politics; Economics, Politics and International Studies; Philosophy,
Politics and Economics (PPE); French with International Studies; German with International
Studies; Italian with International Studies. The undergraduate population (taking all or part of
their degree with PAIS) is around 850.
For further information about the Department of Politics and International Studies, please
see our website at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/
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