PhD Studentship: Behavioural Science and Security

PhD studentship job

The University of Bath are offering a PhD studentship linked with the ‘Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats’ (CREST) project, under the supervision of Professor Adam Joinson (School of Management) and Dr. Laura Smith (Department of Psychology).

The successful candidate will join a team of academic, post-doctoral, and PhD researchers who are part the ‘Applied Digital Behaviour Lab’ based in the Information, Decision and Operations Division of the School of Management. This is an excellent opportunity to join and contribute to a collaborative and successful research group that has a large portfolio of projects addressing applications of behavioural science and analytics to security and cybersecurity. The student will also benefit from close engagement with the Department of Psychology via a joint supervisory team spanning both groups.

Research interests in any field related to behavioural science and security would be considered, but we are especially keen to support applicants for one of the following:

  • Identifying and countering hate speech online. In particular, we are keen to supervise students who are interested in developing data and language analytic skills to study a) how hate speech can be automatically identified, and b) to develop and test psychologically informed interventions to either reduce the occurrence of hate speech in online platforms, to support reporting mechanisms, or enable community members to counter hate speech.
  • Behavioural analytics and predicting group behaviour (offline and/or online). In particular, we are interested in how novel behavioural analytics / measurements link to psychological and outcome variables, with specific reference to group behaviour (e.g., identification, commitment, resilience, task performance). This work could be either via offline groups and tracking (e.g. using wearable computing) or online groups.
  • Predicting vulnerability to cybersecurity threats. This project would use behavioural analytics to identify the vulnerability of individuals to various cybersecurity threats. Using both data from organisations and our own testing environment, the student would seek to identify reliable markers for individual vulnerability (and potentially also test skills-based interventions to reduce vulnerability).


  • Must hold at a minimum a bachelor degree (a First or Upper-second or GPA equivalent) in Psychology, Computer or Data Science, Communications or Management, or related discipline. A Masters level qualification would be desirable.
  • Are fluent in English.
  • Are strongly committed to, and potentially capable of, high-quality academic research in an area that is consistent with the CREST research project using quantitative methods. High level technical skills suitable for application to behavioural analytics would be an advantage.

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Deadline: 18th February 2019

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