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Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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Do you have a passion for research in the field of risk management and cyber security? Are you enthusiastic in helping companies and municipalities improving cyber security? Then we are looking for you!

What will you be doing?  
As a junior researcher within the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security you are doing research in risk management in cyber security, guided by a Lector or a senior researcher. 

Risk is inherent in any activity. A successful cybersecurity attack can cause damage to an organization, such as leading to large amounts of sensitive data being stolen (IT) or causing operational technologies (OT) to fail leading to direct physical harm. To mitigate the risk and damage associated with cybersecurity, it is important to know how to assess these risks, and proactively improve the system via design.

The focus of the research work will be in one or more of the following areas:

  • Collect cyber accidents and conduct accidents analysis;
  • Surveying the current state-of-the-art of cybersecurity risk management approaches/models, including but not limited to Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • Evaluating the risk management approach: this will involve research into methods of risk identification, risk estimation and risk evaluations, using qualitative approaches or quantitative approaches. Developing an easy-to-work-with cybersecurity risk management approach for SMEs;
  • Security decisions making: Besides IT investments, investigating what are possible human factors and business decisions that can improve cybersecurity. The consequence of the cyber risk will be studied during the risk management methods study. This includes the study of the economics of cyber security. 

Besides your role as a junior researcher, you have the opportunity to work in the educational program or work in different projects with municipalities or private sectors. Moreover, there is also room for own initiative and new ideas for research.

Your profile
We want you to become successful in this position. When reading through your resume, we would like to see that you have:

  • a Master degree in Computer Science with a focus on cybersecurity; or a Master degree in Safety and Security Science with experience in cyber security;
  • a strong analytical skill;
  • language skills in English (basic comprehension of Dutch is welcome);
  • basic knowledge in vulnerability analysis, threat analysis, and risk calculation.

If we talk to you, you will be able to convince us with examples that show that you:

  • are the supporting force for our practice-oriented research;
  • have excellent social and communication skills, you can easily interact with a diversity of stakeholders, roles and parties;
  • are able to perform independent research with minimum guidance.

What we offer

  • An appointment of 0.8-1 FTE, 32-40 hours per week in a temporary position for a period of one year (D4). Extension of the appointment is possible, depending on the organizational, educational and financial conditions;
  • A salary between € 3.028,49 and € 4.158,87 gross per month (scale 9) for a full-time work week (the employment conditions are in line with the Collective Labour Agreement for higher professional education);
  • Read more about our attractive secondary conditions

Do you want to know more about the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security - The Hague University?
The research group Cyber Security & Risk Management is part of the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The mission of the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security is to strengthen the cyber resilience of public and private organizations that are themselves less equipped for cyber threats. This mission is achieved by developing knowledge, based on practice-oriented research for organizations and education. Together with three other research groups within our Centre of Expertise, we execute multidisciplinary research and collaborate closely with the faculty IT&Design and the faculty Public Management, Law and Safety.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences as an inclusive campus
The Hague University of Applied Sciences wants to be an inclusive campus. That's why we focus on equal opportunities and strive for a wide diversity of staff alongside a diverse student population. After all, as a university we are at the heart of society and should reflect that. That is why we attach great importance to making the best possible use of the different perspectives and backgrounds of our employees. This is how we find even more connection with our students and the changing world around us.

Are you our new colleague?
You can apply for the position by submitting your CV and answer the 5 questions below via the link below. The application deadline isThursday 7 October  2022. After the letter selection, we invite a number of candidates for an interview.   

Do you think that you are a good match for this position? Then please answer the next 5 questions and uploading your resume. Please elaborate on each question with a maximum of 200 words.

  1. What is especially appealing to you to become a junior researcher and why specifically at a Centre of Expertise Cyber Security with an applied character as it is at THUAS?
  2. To qualify for a junior researcher position you need to have a Master degree. What degree do you have and with which analytical skill are you capable of doing this research?
  3. What kind of Risk Management/ Cyber security/ Computer Science knowledge and skills have you obtained so far to conduct this research?
  4. You have the opportunity to work in the educational program or work in the different projects (e.g. conduct interview, collect data). Do you have experience in these which you can contribute to this work?
  5. From experience, in what kind of team do you thrive and what do you think is important in team cooperation?

Do you want more information?
For in-depth information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Ligaya Butalid, programme coordinator Centre of Expertise Cyber Security, via e-mail at l.butalid@hhs.nl
Want more information on the application process? Then contact Rash Mokiem, Resourcing Advisor via e-mail at vacatures@hhs.nl.