Job Description

We are recruiting a UK-based Research Assistant to work c. 400 hours in support of the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) Fellowship in Leadership and Culture. The successful candidate will work with the RISCS Fellow Associate Professor Ruth Massie to deliver on two related strands of work. 

One strand of work will explore the ways in which academics, industry, and the public sector view the various leadership guidance available out there. The Assistant will help organise, structure, and run a series of focus groups. They will also assist with the write-up of the findings for dissemination.

The second strand of work will survey the current literature on cyber leadership. The main focus will be looking at what academia, industry, and the public sector are writing about cyber leadership. It will look at where these viewpoints agree, disagree, have gaps and/or overlaps.   

The Research Assistant will be a co-author on all outputs to which they contribute. 

Person specification

Must be comfortable working with, and writing for, a variety of audiences from academia to industry and the public sector. 

Studying for or completed a PhD in a related discipline. This could be cyber, management, computer science, or similar but with an interest in cyber leadership and management.

Willingness to engage with a variety of stakeholders in order to recruit for and organise focus groups. 


Start date: October 2021.

End date: c. 31st March 2022.

400 hours in total. Flexibility on working hours with an expectation of between 10-20 hours per week over the course of the project. 

The assistant can work remotely but some travel may be necessary to meet with the RISCS Fellow (Darlington or Milton Keynes). Travel may also be necessary to organize the focus groups. Reasonable travel expenses would be recompensed.  

Pay at £15-£20/hour depending on skills and experience.

To apply send a CV and 500-word expression of interest to Ruth Massie ( ) by end of 20/09/2021 Interviews will take place as soon as practicable thereafter.