Researcher/Research Project Leader at the Maritime IT Security Research Group (MITS)

Would you like to make a meaningful contribution to the quality of higher professional education in the northern part of the Netherlands, connecting higher education with the work field?

About NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
At NHL Stenden, we firmly believe in learning by doing. We empower our students to unleash their full potential by providing them with opportunities for optimal development. In our modern research environment, students take charge of their own studies and professional growth. We maintain strong partnerships with companies and institutions in the region and beyond. As an international multi-campus university of applied sciences, we encourage our students to think beyond their fields of study, fostering new knowledge and active participation in innovative projects. We foster a meeting place where knowledge and diverse cultures converge, facilitating new connections with industry.

Job description
If you have a keen interest in cybersecurity and applied research, we have an exciting job opening for you at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. In this unique role, you will dedicate 50% of your time to conducting cutting-edge research within the research group "Maritime IT Security" (MITS). The remaining 50% will be focused on leading research projects, building and nurturing relationships with stakeholders, and managing project deliverables. Collaborating with fellow researchers, students, and industry professionals, your specific focus will be on maritime IT security. Can you thrive in this dual responsibility?

Position Overview
As a passionate researcher, you will work closely with fellow researchers and teachers within the research group "Maritime IT Security" (MITS) on various projects. In your dual role as a researcher and research project leader, you will not only conduct cutting-edge research but also dedicate significant effort to relationship management. You will be responsible for writing research proposals, developing and managing research projects, engaging students from various disciplines and nurturing relationships with industry partners and stakeholders, attending research conferences, and publishing your findings. The combination of coaching students, driving technological innovations, leading projects, and fostering relationships makes this position exceptional and versatile.

Why Choose this Role
Cyber threats to the maritime industry are on the rise, with potential far-reaching consequences for the global economy, social stability, and geopolitics. In response, NHL Stenden has established the research group "Maritime IT Security" (MITS), working closely with the ICT and maritime study programs. As a key researcher and facilitator within MITS, you will be an integral part of this newly formed research group, contributing your expertise in research and project management.

A Week in Your Role
Your typical week will encompass a variety of activities. It begins with a team meeting in Leeuwarden, where you discuss and apply the latest news and insights to ongoing research projects within the research group "Maritime IT Security" (MITS) and engage in relationship management efforts with stakeholders. Subsequently, you will meet with students involved in one of your projects, providing guidance and support for their planning and progress while nurturing their professional relationships. The following day, you will travel to Terschelling for a meeting with vessel owners and colleagues from the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, where you will collaborate on simulating a cyber-attack scenario and strengthen industry partnerships. On Wednesdays, you will dedicate your time to working from home, focusing on a new project proposal within the MITS research group. As part of this process, you will also have an online meeting with a client to discuss their specific needs and solidify the working relationship. Later in the week, you will visit Emmen to deliver a lecture on building a Honey network, further establishing yourself as an expert in the field and expanding your network.

Job Requirements
A master's degree or PhD. Demonstrable work experience in the world of cybersecurity or a related field, with a strong focus on research and project management. A relevant (inter)national network in the world of cybersecurity is a plus. Excellent command of the English language, both orally and in writing.

Desirable Characteristics
A team player with a constant urge to discover the latest techniques and research advancements in the field of cybersecurity. An open-minded individual who knows how to effectively and clearly communicate with stakeholders and students, building strong and lasting relationships. Proactive in maintaining a good overview of different projects, setting the right priorities, and taking decisive actions. Inquisitive and not afraid to take responsibility for driving research projects and relationship management efforts. Solution-oriented mindset, employing both simple and innovative approaches to tackle challenges. A keen interest in cybersecurity is highly preferable. Experience in related fields such as Information Technology, Data Science, or Network Security can also be relevant.

Employment Conditions
The salary is a maximum of € 5.936,77 (scale 11 CAO HBO) gross per month for a full-time job, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. Pension scheme through ABP. Travel allowance. Access to free exercise facilities nearby. The contract is for the duration of one year.

Reasons to Join Us
Collaborate with top-tier companies in the field of maritime cybersecurity, playing a crucial role in establishing and nurturing strong industry relationships. Become an integral part of a driven and enthusiastic team that values expertise and knowledge transfer. Co-create educational and research initiatives with teachers and students, where relationship management with stakeholders is a key aspect. Contribute to impactful research within the research group Maritime IT Security (MITS) and make a difference in the field of cybersecurity. If you identify with this profile and are ready to take on the challenge, we invite you to apply for this position.

To Respond
Are you the ideal candidate who fits the above profile? Then hesitate no longer and apply immediately. Send your motivation and CV in one document, before 26th February 2024, by the application button for the attention of Arvid Fens, team leader Informatica, stating vacancy number 3277 AICT in the subject line

You have until 26th February to apply. The job interviews are scheduled for Monday March 4th.
This vacancy is posted internally and externally at the same time, in case of equal suitability, internal candidates will have priority.

Questions?For questions about the application process, please contact Arvid Fens at 0031(0)657567889. If you have any inquiries about the position itself, please contact Stephen McCombie at phone number 0031(0)623538367.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated

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