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

Job title Research Assistant: Digital transformation and security of operations and supply networks (fixed term)

Department School of Management

Salary Starting from £27,929, rising to £34,308

Grade Grade 6

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119 (Research Fellow/Research Associate/Research Assistant)

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 07 November 2022

Closing date Monday 05 December 2022

Reference JS10030

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Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position in the School of Management at the University of Bath. 

The post is part of a larger investment focusing on interdisciplinary research relating to cybersecurity from a social scientific, operations and economic perspective.

About the role:

The ideal applicant will be familiar with a variety of methodologies and have an interest in digital transformation, security of operations and supply networks, plus a willingness to work with the wider team from different disciplinary backgrounds.

As an integral part of the Discribe team, the research assistant 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.

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 (see www.discribehub.org)

This is a full-time role, fixed term until 31/03/2024.

For an informal discussion please contact Alistair Brandon-Jones abj20@bath.ac.uk however please submit your application and CV via the University website.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

     - Relocation Procedure

     - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

     - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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