We are looking for two 3 years Research Associates (Postdoc/RA) to join a new EPSRC project titled “Serious Coding: A Game Approach to Security for the New Code-Citizens” at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. The positions are in Software Security and Human Computer Interaction (with a specialist interest in Serious Games).

  • Positions are for 3 years fixed term commencing in June 2020 – a firm start date will be discussed with the successful candidate(s)
  • Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 (Grade 7)
  • Deadline for Applications is 18th May 2020. Interviews will be held on 28th and 29th May.

Apply for Position 1 in Software Security here:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/jobs/job_SVJDMjY3MjM.htm

Apply for Position 2 in Human Computer Interaction here:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/jobs/job_SVJDMjY3MjQ.htm

For an informal discussion of the roles, please contact at Heriot-Watt
University: Professor Lynne Baillie or Dr Manuel Maare

Detailed Description

The Research Associates will work on the EPSRC project titled “Serious
Coding: A Game Approach to Security for the New Code-Citizens” and join a team of Heriot-Watt researchers in the field of Software Security and Human Computer Interaction (with a specialist interest in serious games). The overall project has three research associates, two at Heriot-Watt University and one at Glasgow School of Art.

The aim of the project is to develop a method and platform for serious games to raise security understanding among software developers. This involves preparing materials for expert and non-expert coders in collaboration with HCI and security experts.

The vision is to engage the wide public of coders to consider and understand security when coding. A number of user centered and game design events will co-design a number of online code-based games that will be showcased in the last year of the project. Players data will be collected and analysed to evaluate the impact of the games. The components and games developed as part of the project are expected to be under open licence to allow for re-use and further development.

Position 1

The first position is concerned with the work packages of the project involving both the preparation of materials and contents on software security and secure development. The main part of the work will focus on the development of a GitLab-based platform for online coding games and its software components (the development is expected to use multiple programming languages, i.e. Python, C#).

They will specify requirements for the GitLab-based platform in collaboration with the rest of the project team, to develop and deploy components for the game platform in collaboration with game developer experts. The successful candidate will have a strong background in and research interest in software security, software engineering and sociotechnical methods for security. They will also have a strong interest in applying their expert software security and software engineering skills to co-design, build, deploy and evaluate the code-based platform for secure coding.

Position 2

The second position is concerned with the work packages of the project involving both the preparation of the materials and content for the user centered design and serious game development. They will also be expected to develop the serious coding approach to security.

They will also then be involved in the deployment, testing and evaluation of that approach and the games it produces. An additional task is to assist with the development and deployment of components for the game platform in collaboration with game developer experts and the RA at Glasgow School of Art. The successful candidate will have a strong background in and research interest in the HCI with a specialist interest in serious games. They will also have a strong interest in applying not only their specialist skills but also their software and gaming expertise to support the build and deployment of the code-based platform for secure coding.

Applicants should have a strong academic record, be research-oriented and also committed to creating effective bridges between disciplines.

Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae (detailing qualifications, work experience, projects worked on), a publications list, copies of the most significant recent publications, and an outline of current and future ambitions.

The position holders will be based at Heriot-Watt University. This project involves travel to partners of the project based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews, and taking part in project events across the UK.
It will also include national and international travel to key research conferences.

The position holder for position 1: will have a PhD or Masters (MSc) in a Software Security or Software Engineering or closely related disciplines. Some experience of working with a software engineering company or on a funded research project would be beneficial. The project involves a high amount of communication with team members and the wider public. A clear ability to confidently communicate information at a range of technical levels is critical, while an ability to assimilate large amounts of data and present this in visual and written report form, or to present to a variety of audiences is important.

The position holder for position 2: will have a PhD or Masters (MSc) in Human Computer Interaction or closely related discipline. They will also have expertise in software engineering or games programming. Some experience of working on a funded research project and a good track record of publications would be expected. The project involves a high amount of communication with team members and the wider public. A clear ability to confidently communicate information at a range of technical levels is critical, while an ability to assimilate large amounts of data and present this in visual and written report form, or to present to a variety of audiences is important