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50th Anniversary Readership (Associate Professor) in Cyber Security

The School of Computing & Communications wishes to make the strategic appointment of Reader in cyber-security (equivalent to Associate Professor).

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £50,618 to £56,950 
Closing Date:   Thursday 31 May 2018
Interview Date:   To be confirmed 
Reference:  A2258

This appointment will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and future direction of Security Lancaster, the University’s cross-disciplinary research institute in Security and Protection Science. We encourage applications from strong and collegiate researchers that complement existing areas of expertise, including (not limited to) analysis of human behaviours in the context of security, security research on network resilience, big data analytics to study security and privacy issues pertaining to open online data sources and novel privacy frameworks.

Security Lancaster is one of four flagship Lancaster Research Institutes and amongst the current 14 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSRs) recognised by the UK government. It is one of few multi-disciplinary centres tackling human and technological challenges to cyber security by integrating computer science researchers with expertise from social and behavioural sciences.

Security Lancaster benefits from our broad strength in the areas of Communications Systems, Computer Networking, Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Pervasive Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Data Science and Digital Health.  We take an empirical approach to research, valuing work that cuts across traditional fields and multi-disciplinary high impact research.  Our work is applied in a wide range of application domains including cyber-crime, energy, transport, and social computing.

As a 50th anniversary post, there is access to an excellent reward structure based on achievement (or impact) in the role.

Teaching is important to us; candidates will be committed educators and research/teaching mentors, contributing to the ongoing development of courses, including our international partnerships.We excel in research-led and problem focused student learning; as recognised by our institutional award of TEF Gold, and noted as top in the UK for graduate prospects in computer science (Times and Sunday Times University Guide).

We invite applications from senior researchers with a substantial and established international reputation in their field and ability to build and nurture a research team. Evidence to attract external grant income to support your research is essential.You should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, an outstanding publication record, a desire to be a research leader and provide high quality teaching. 

The School strongly believes in creating an open and collaborative environment, being highly inclusive and stimulating for career development. As a member of a thriving research community encouraged to participate in relevant activities in departments within the Faculty of Science & Technology. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Lancaster University is campus-based, and lies approximately 3 miles south of the City of Lancaster. The campus is easily accessible by all means of travel and is within 70 miles of Manchester’s International Airport

Please contact the ACE-CSR lead (Prof Utz Roedig), or the Head of School (Prof Adrian Friday) for an informal discussion (;

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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The University has been named University of the Year 2018 by the Times and the Sunday Times, and has been awarded Gold in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the highest possible ranking.

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Working at Lancaster University

Lancaster is proud of its 2016 staff survey results, with an overall response rate of 73%. 92% said that the University was a good place to work in comparison to the sector average of 88%. We think this cements our position as an employer of choice, regionally, national and internationally.

The Lancaster University campus is set in 360 acres of parkland with views of the lake district and coast. Since 2003 we have invested in excess of £500m in new college residential and social facilities, new and refurbished teaching spaces, a new sports centre and new research facilities.

The University has been named University of the Year 2018 by the Times and the Sunday Times, and has been awarded Gold in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the highest possible ranking.

Our performance in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) has placed us amongst the top universities in the UK, and this reflects our increasing portfolio of regional, national and international research partnerships, and our outstanding record for teaching quality. Our renowned collegiate system also encourages interactions between staff and students and provides the opportunity to build up interdisciplinary work. Our REF result combined with our TEF gold indicates that there is truly something special about Lancaster.


We offer a comprehensive set of benefits encompassing competitive salaries, defined benefit pension schemes, work-life balance, training & promotion opportunities and staff recognition schemes.


We offer a grading structure based on a nationally agreed single salary spine.  Salary values within the spine are index linked.  We also operate contribution pay schemes to recognise exceptional performance.

We operate two pension schemes depending on grade - Universities Superannuation Scheme and Local Government Scheme.  We also offer continuing NHSPS membership for Clinical Academics.

LU Flexible Benefits Scheme

Our sector leading flexible benefits scheme provides colleagues with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of benefits and to pay for them through monthly salary deductions. The current benefits include:

Childcare Salary Sacrifice

Childcare Vouchers

Cycle to Work Scheme

Season Tickets

Payroll Giving

Shopping Discounts

Dental Insurance

Low Emission Cars

Healthcare Cash Plan

Sports Centre Membership

Vocational Training Courses

Professional Bodies’ Membership Fees

Car Parking

Local Bus Passes

Discounted Staff Dining Card

Staff Discount Card (local retailers)

Work-Life Balance

For colleagues with family/caring responsibilities, we offer a package of family friendly policies which provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, and leave for family emergencies.

We also offer generous holiday entitlement in excess of the statutory entitlement including additional university closure days at Christmas and Easter.

Continuing Professional Development

We anticipate that all colleagues will engage in continuing professional and occupational development to enable them to meet their own and the University’s objectives.

Performance and Development Review (PDR)

All colleagues are expected to participate in processes to help them develop and meet their professional objectives – these include objective setting, performance and development review, coaching and feedback and career development discussions.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The programme offers access to a free, confidential helpline which provides unlimited access to information to help colleagues deal with a range of problems, no matter how big or small, which may affect their personal lives or performance at work.

Staff Recognition Schemes

Our staff awards scheme provides an opportunity to recognise excellence in a variety of categories. The awards are presented in a special ceremony at the end of each academic year.

Our Campus

Our Bailrigg campus is self-contained, offering colleagues a range of services close to their workplace. Our priority is to develop further an open, green and sustainable campus with contemporary design that meets the highest environmental standards.

Travel Plan

Accessible campus map

Equality & Diversity

Banks, Shops & Other Services


Chaplaincy Centre

Pre-School Centre

Health Services

Cultural Activities

Sports Centre

As part of our travel planwe have:

  • one of the most frequent University bus services in the country
  • one of the highest employer cycling rates in Lancashire
  • traffic-free cycle access from the outskirts of Lancaster
  • our own car sharing scheme

Banks, Shops and other Services include two banks, post office, bookshop, supermarkets, bakers, newsagent, hairdresser, garage (fuel, car sales and service) & charity shop.

Catering includes a wide range of places to buy food or drink to either eat-in or take-away, including those which promote Fair Trade and organic products.  Each of our nine colleges has its own individual character and are busy centres of social, recreational and educational activity, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic social areas.

Chaplaincy Centre includes a Multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre (with facilities for the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths) and a Muslim Prayer Room.

Pre School Centre operating from 8 play rooms and a sensory room plus enclosed outdoor play areas and open Monday to Friday, 8.15am - 5.30pm, 48 weeks of the year.  A maximum of 158 children under 8 years may attend at any one time. There are currently 196 children on roll aged from 3 months to under 5 years.

Health Servicesincludes an NHS doctor's surgery, a pharmacy and a private dentist on campus.  We also provide occupational health and counselling services to support colleagues through times of difficulty.

Cultural Activities including Lancaster Concerts, Nuffield Theatre and Peter Scott Gallery.

Sports Centre including swimming pool, gym, squash courts, indoor climbing wall, sauna, sun beds, tennis courts, football, rugby, netball, basketball, 5-a-side pitches. Reduced fees are available to staff and students. Our sports complex is also open to the public.