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Academic Roles in Security, Protection Science and Related Disciplines

Security and Protection Science
Closing Date:   Sunday 08 January 2023
Reference:  SPS

Join Lancaster's interdisciplinary research community to help keep nations, organisations and citizens safe and secure as cyber emerges as an essential domain in global protection strategies - enabling security, resilience and prosperity in increasingly uncertain times. Through a £19m investment, the University is recruiting up to 33 creative academics to tackle a wide range of societal and technological security challenges. Successful candidates will be able to protect dedicated time in Research, Teaching or Engagement for the first two years to help collaboratively drive and deliver on our vision of international excellence.

Building on our reputation as one of the UK’s largest interdisciplinary cyber and data science research communities, this investment will transform our capacity and capability to support the once in a generation opportunity represented by the announcement of the National Cyber Force in Lancashire and the impact of the creation of the North West Cyber Corridor, linking to GCHQ in Manchester.

We are seeking new and established academics and teams with a passion for joining and developing a vibrant multi-disciplinary research, education and knowledge exchange community at Lancaster to help us realise these new opportunities. Over the next five years this community will:

  • Deliver a truly world-class education experience in security, protection science and related disciplines for undergraduates, postgraduates and senior management through BSc, BA, MSc, MA and EMBA programmes. 
  • Work together to offer a distinctive research capability that creates new approaches to cyber security and protection science, an improved understanding of its social and economic impact, and is recognised as a beacon of internationally excellent research. 
  • Develop new world-class facilities to support cyber-security, data and protection science. 
  • Engage with our regional and national partners to help consolidate Lancaster as a leader in cyber security.

We recognise that no single discipline has all the answers to the problems of cyber-security and we welcome applicants from across a range of disciplines including, but not limited to: Computer Science, Data Science, Design, Digital Health, Engineering, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics and Statistics, all disciplines associated with the Organisation, Business and Management fields, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Similarly, we are open to applicants with a wide range of interests in both the foundational elements of cyber security and protection and those with an interest in specific application domains or cross cutting concerns.

We are recruiting the first cohort of academics with up to 20 positions open at Lecturer to Professorial level. Ideal candidates will have outstanding domain expertise and the ability to translate that expertise into high quality research and education - working collaboratively across disciplines and research fields. For new academics a proactive cohort development programme will embed you with our existing academic community with regular development sessions that will enable you to strengthen and develop your academic profile.

Lancaster is the only university in the North West that has attained National Cyber Security Centre recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in both Cyber Security Research and Education, along with delivering an NCSC Certified Master’s Degree. The University was TEF Gold, Times/Sunday Times University of the Year (2018) and Times/Sunday Times International University of the Year (2020), recognising our ongoing commitment to both research and teaching and major investments in our campus and facilities. 

We are committed to creating a supportive, inclusive working environment. Learn more about equality, diversity and inclusivity at Lancaster University.  More information about living and working at Lancaster can also be found online. In addition to traditional lectureship contracts, Lancaster also offers alternative career routes for academics with a particular focus on engagement or teaching and scholarship for applicants interested in pursuing these pathways.

To arrange an informal discussion about these roles please contact:

Lancaster University promotes equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

To apply for one of these roles, please follow one of the links below, the application process should consist of an application form and include a two page research statement, a two page teaching statement, your CV and a cover letter.

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These roles are offered on an indefinite basis, full time and part time working hours are available.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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