Research Fellow - Human-Computer Interaction in Policing and Digital Forensics

We are advertising for a Research Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in Policing and Digital Forensics to work on an exciting new ESRC funded project working with three Police agencies. You would explore existing practices, resources, challenges, and identify user needs around the search and seizure of digital evidence (e.g., smart phones, laptops) across two crime types (homicide, stalking and harassment). Ultimately, this project will work towards the development of a smart digital forensic advisor (SDFA) tool to support first responders conducting digital evidence triage at-scene to reducing backlog in digital devices waiting to be examined, and to create more consistent and evidence informed practices around the initial seizure of digital evidence. To apply, please click here.

This position will be funded for 1 year (starting 1 March 2024) in the first instance. Appointment at Pay Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (Salary £37,332 - £39,980 per annum, including London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

What would you be doing?

The successful candidate would work within an interdisciplinary team of academics, and work alongside a criminologist to support the review of criminal case material, and conduct and analyse interviews with user-groups and stakeholders. The successful candidate would lead the design of a series of early-stage design prototypes and run workshops with user-groups and stakeholders to evaluate these designs.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking an HCI researcher or someone from a closely related field (e.g., anthropology, design) with experience with qualitative methods. Due to security vetting requirements, candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years from 1 March 2024. The successful candidate would be expected to work a minimum of two days at our central London campus, with the option to work the remaining time from home. There would also be some work-related travel required to perform field work data collection (London, Nottinghamshire, Coventry).

Learning more about the position

I will be holding an online information session via Zoom on Monday 8th January 2024 (15:00 - 16:00) Join Zoom (Meeting ID: 985 4807 7098 Passcode: 417012). Otherwise, if you are interested in this project then please get in touch with Dr Mark Warner (mark (dot) warner (at) ucl (dot) ac (dot) uk.

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UCL Computer Science carries out research, undergraduate, and postgraduate teaching across all areas of theoretical and applied computer science. Further information about UCL Computer Science and the Information Security Research Group can be found at and UCL is one of the top-rated research institutions in the world, and currently the top recipient of Horizon 2020 funding in Europe. As of 2019, 30 Nobel Laureates and 3 Fields Medalists were UCL affiliates. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation, UCL Computer Science was ranked second in the UK for research power and first in England. The department holds an Athena Swan Silver Award, and UCL has received a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award.