Postdoctoral Fellow in Cybersecurity and Technology Policy

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Sep 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cybersecurity and Technology Policy
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
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Northumbria University seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow for the ESRC funded project 'Digital Sovereignty by Design- Exploring the Impact of European Union's Digital Sovereignty Approach on the UK's Technology Landscape'. We invite applications of candidates from a variety of Social Sciences' disciplines to become part of an exciting, multidisciplinary research project incorporating scholars from International Relations, Law and Computing Science. The team’s research addresses how interaction and competition between different British and European Union actors influence the establishment of regulatory regimes over new technological innovations, or categories of technology, related to digital security and data privacy. More specifically, the project aims to: 1) engage with current law and policy approaches to cybersecurity in the United Kingdom and in the European Union, 2) identify how the EU’s current shift towards a digital sovereignty approach may negatively impact upon UK private-sector technology providers, in particular microprocessors, and 3) consider ways in which these negative impacts may be mitigated.

The ideal candidate for this role is a capable and independent researcher who has expert knowledge of European Union cybersecurity policy, as well as of the UK-EU relationship in a post-Brexit context. The post requires the capacity to work alongside the project researchers on the development of co-authored publications, the organisation of policy engagement events, and the development of new research bids. The ability to engage with other disciplines as part of an interdisciplinary research team is essential for this interdisciplinary project. We invite applications from researchers with expertise in a range of different subject areas such as International Relations, Law, Sociology, and Science and Technology Studies, who hold a PhD in one of these disciplines.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be hosted by the Social Sciences Department at Northumbria University and will work with Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico, who specialises on European Security governance, with particular interest in EU cybersecurity and the UK-EU relationship post-Brexit. This post is funded until the 31st of August 2023 on a full time basis and is available to start immediately (either face to face or online). Informal inquiries for this post can be sent to 

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Relocation Assistance Scheme

Northumbria University is an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager.

Please note this vacancy will close on 20/09/2022

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