Research Assistant/Research Associate: Digital transformation and security of operations and supply networks (fixed term)

University of Bath

We are seeking an outstanding researcher to join our team on a full time (36.5 hours per week), fixed term basis until September 2024.

About the role:

As an integral part of the Discribe team, you will support the work of our Expert Fellow, Prof. Brandon-Jones , in helping to understand, predict and support the adoption of new secure technology across organisations and their supply networks.

This research will be focused on barriers to – and enablers of – large scale shifts in adoption of operational technology by researching and writing case studies of previous large scale shifts in the ways in which industries work. For instance, we are interested in understanding how the adoption of blockchain within the shipping industry (e.g. TradeLens) might inform how other new technological innovations are adopted within different sectors.

About you:

The ideal applicant will be familiar with a variety of methodologies and have an interest in digital transformation and security of operations and supply networks, plus a willingness to work with the wider team from different disciplinary backgrounds. You will have a background in management / business studies and/or operations / technology / innovation.

A first degree in Business, Management, Technology Studies, Economics or related discipline is a requirement, and a PhD is required for the Research Associate position.

Some experience of / or an interest in digital technology and security would be an advantage.

About us:

The ESRC Digital Security by Design Social Science (Discribe) Hub+ is a collaboration between the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Royal Holloway, University of London that seeks to support the wider £187m Digital Security by Design programme while challenging and developing our ideas about cybersecurity – both now and in the future.

Launched in September 2020 with £3.5m funding from UKRI and DCMS , the Discribe Hub+ is developing a vision of a secure digital future based on the adoption at scale of new technologies that will make our work and social lives in cyberspace more secure ( )

For an informal discussion please contact Alistair Brandon-Jones [email protected] however please submit your application and CV via the University website.

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award . We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff .

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