[visionlist] Research Fellow in Human Factors - Cybersecurity

Vanessa Beanland vbeanlan at usc.edu.au
Mon Feb 6 01:35:32 -05 2017

There is a 3-year full-time research fellow position available at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems was established in 2013 with the aim of developing a leading research capability in the areas of human factors, sociotechnical systems, and systems thinking. The Centre is led by Professor Paul Salmon and currently comprises 10 academic and research support staff and 12 PhD students. The core philosophy underpinning the Centre's research activities is the application of human factors and sociotechnical systems theory and methods to optimise the behaviour of complex sociotechnical systems. A significant focus of the Centre's activities is on translating research findings into practice - ensuring that our leading-edge research has impact and benefit in the real world. The Centre's research activities cross five core themes: Identity, Cyber & Resilience; Transport and Infrastructure; Sport and Outdoor Recreation; Organisational Safety; and Land Use Planning and Urban Design.

The University of the Sunshine Coast is located near Maroochydore, approximately one hour north of Brisbane. The region is renowned for its natural beauty, including beaches, mountains and national parks. The subtropical climate is conducive to various outdoor activities including surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, cycling (road and mountain), triathlons, running, hiking, horse riding, golf, etc. The university campus is a wildlife reserve and is home to diverse flora and fauna, including kangaroos and native birds.

The successful candidate will work across a range of projects within the Identity, Cyber & Resilience Theme at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. The primary focus of the role will be on the recently funded Australian Research Council Linkage Project, "Optimising illicit dark net marketplace interventions". This project will involve extensive industry and government engagement in order to develop, implement, and test a process for law enforcement and national security partners to optimise their intervention within dark net marketplaces and related anonymous online forums. In addition, the successful candidate will work on a range of projects that apply human factors methods to optimise prevention and response efficiency within a cyber security context.

Duties can include:
Conduct of research either as a member of a team or independently, and the production of peer reviewed journal papers, conference papers and industry reports from that research.
Application of human factors methods (e.g., task analysis, cognitive work analysis) to identity and cyber security contexts.
Engage directly with government, industry and community sector stakeholders in identifying and understanding human factor problems within a cyber security context and co-designing optimal responses.
Participation and active assistance in the research team environment involving senior and junior researchers and doctoral candidates.
Contribution to the preparation or, where appropriate, individual preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies.
Involvement in professional activities including, subject to availability of funds, attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise.
Administrative functions primarily connected with the area of research.
Co-supervision or, where appropriate, supervision of honours or postgraduate research projects within the field of the staff member's area of research.
Other duties within the range of skills normally associated with this classification, including those associated with an evolving research, teaching, learning and professional environment, as required.



1.       Completion or near-completion of a doctoral qualification in human factors, psychology, ecology, cyber security or a relevant field.

2.       A passion for human factors and cyber security research.

3.       Significant experience in analysing quantitative and qualitative data, and the use of software packages including SPSS and Nvivo.

4.       Excellent academic writing and verbal communication skills, placing a high personal value on quality and accuracy at a detailed level, as evidenced by refereed journal publications, conference papers and presentations.

5.       Demonstrated ability to engage with industry, government and/or community groups to understand needs and co-design research-led solutions.

6.       The ability to plan, organise and achieve work targets, sometimes in demanding circumstances.

7.       The capacity to work constructively with colleagues within the Centre for HF & STS, and its collaborators.


1.       A Commonwealth National Security Clearance.

Appointment: Full-time, 3 year fixed-term
Salary level: Classification Level B (Salary range A$89,660 to A$106,374 gross per annum plus up to 17 percent employer superannuation contributions)
Reference number: 2068
Closing date: 11:59 PM 19 February 2017 (AEST)

More information:
Professor David Lacey
Professor of Cybersecurity
Telephone: +61 7 5373 0406
Email:   dlacey at usc.edu.au
USC, Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC, Queensland, 4558 Australia.
CRICOS Provider No: 01595D
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