Job Description

We are recruiting a UK based research assistant to work up to 400 hours in support of the RISCS Fellowship on the theme of Quantification and Cyber Risk. The successful candidate will work with RISCS Fellow Dr. Anna Cartwright to deliver on two related strands of work. 

One strand of work will explore the ways in which small and medium enterprises (SME’s) access cyber-security advice and information, and the role that local IT providers can play in improving cyber-security in SMEs. The assistant will help organize and run a series of focus groups with IT providers. They will also assist with the writing up of the findings for dissemination.

The second strand of work is exploring how existing government survey data on cyber security (e.g. Cyber Security Breaches Survey) can be better exploited for research. The assistant will help produce an accessible document that outlines the data that exists, where it can be accessed, and questions that could be explored with the data. 

The research assistant will be a co-author on all outputs to which they contribute.

Person specification

Studying for or completed a PhD in a related discipline. This could be economics, computer science, mathematics or similar.

An interest in risk and quantification in cyber-security.

Willingness to engage with small organisations in order to recruit for and organize focus groups. 


Start date: 20th September or soon thereafter.

End date: 31th March 2022.

Up to 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 (Oxford, Leicester or Coventry). Travel may also be necessary to organize the focus groups (provisionally London, Midlands and Kent). Reasonable travel expenses would be recompensed.  

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

To apply send a CV and 500 word expression of interest to Anna Cartwright ( by end of 15th of September. Interviews will take place as soon as practicable thereafter.