Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in Cybersecurity: Department of Information Systems

Closing Date: 7th February 2020 APPLICATIONS CLOSED

The Regional Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA) is looking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Fellows (PDRF) to work as part of its international collaborative research programme on cyber-security capacity-building. C3SA is a regional centre linked with the Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre based at Oxford University and is located in the Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Centre aims to understand and communicate how best to deliver effective cyber security across the world. One of the primary goals of the centre is to conduct reviews across Africa through deployment of the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model (CCMM). The knowledge and experiences garnered will be made available to governments, communities and organisations to underpin an increase of their capacity in ways appropriate to ensuring a cyber space which can continue to grow and innovate in support of well-being, human rights and prosperity for all.

This is an exciting opportunity for two experienced researchers with a strong methodological and/or theoretical background in either the social sciences, physical sciences or humanities – for example information systems, economics, political science, computer science, philosophy, cognitive or social psychology, law, geography, anthropology, international relations, development or sociology; and with an interest in research which matches one or more of the Centre’s dimensions of capacity. One of the fellows will focus on research on cybersecurity policies and the other one will focus on socio-technical aspects of cybersecurity.

Successful applicants will be based in the Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town. These roles necessarily require interdisciplinary collaboration with senior academics from the Department of Information Systems (UCT), Research ICT Africa (RIA), and The Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre (Oxford University).

Academic/experience criteria:


  • Applicants must have completed a PhD  in an area pertaining to Cybersecurity
  • Strong skills in the planning, implementation, software-based analysis and write-up of primary field data.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce peer-reviewed research articles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and within a research team, and to meet deadlines.

Conditions of award:

  • Applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past 5 years and may not previously have held a full-time permanent academic post.
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the Fellowship but the fellowship stipend is tax free.
  • The successful candidate will be required to participate in activities associated with C3SA, and the Department of Information Systems.
  • The successful applicant will be required to register as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town immediately and will not be considered a UCT employee.
  • The successful applicant will be required to comply with the university’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Value and Tenure:

  • The value of the fellowship is ZAR 400,000 PA

Application Requirements:

Applicants should submit (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, (ii) a CV including a publication list, iii) a copy of their PhD thesis and up to two published or submitted papers, (iv) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (v) email addresses of at least two referees directly involved in their PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.

Selection Process:

  • Only eligible and complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.
  • Interviews are likely to take place in Feb 2020 and the successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing Date:

Applications should be emailed before noon on 7th February 2020 to Prof Wallace Chigona

Applications received after the deadline may be not considered.

Contact details for submission of applications: and for inquiries about the fellowship:  Prof Wallace Chigona;  +27216504345

Additional information on Information Systems Department and UCT can be found at:;

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town also reserves the right to change the conditions of the award or to make no award at all.