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Cyber Researcher

Gloucester, Gloucestershire
£65.000 - £85.000
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

Role: Cyber Researcher


Type: Full Time


Location: Gloucester, UK


Salary: £65.000 - £85.000


Clearance: Must be willing and eligible to gain UK security clearance


Key Responsibilities:


  • Researchers undertaking exploratory research are expected to: Rapidly summarise and assess new domains Provide domain knowledge for technical analysis, experimental development and subsequent engineering Researchers undertaking vulnerability & technical research are expected to: Know which pen-testing and reverse engineering tools and methodologies are appropriate to a given problem Have experience of advanced vulnerability assessment techniques such as fuzzing and code injection Researchers undertaking experimental development are expected to: Develop, assess and prioritize prototype and simulated capabilities

Mandatory Skills and Experience Required:


A wide range of skills are required for Cyber Research. The number one skill is being able to think systematically and take logical steps towards deconstructing a complex system. For lower-level work, an intermediate/advanced understanding of how computers work is important (eg knowing the difference between the heap and the stack, and between compiled and interpreted languages). More required skills for this role include:


  • Technical writing Presentation skills Innovative problem solving Team working Technical Analysis: Scripting (e.g. with Python) Rapid development of prototypes or simulations (e.g. with C#)

Other Desirable Skills and Experience


As well as the above, an Operational Cyber Researcher will need skills and experience in at least one of the areas below. An ideal candidate will cover several areas.




  • Technical Analysis: Network traffic analysis Reverse engineering Vulnerability analysis Exploit development

Exploratory Research:


  • OSINT and interacting with SMEs Developing new research skills as appropriate



  • Technical Leadership Team management



  • Exploratory Research: Network architecture and security Risk assessment Systems engineering Architectural frameworks

Technical Analysis:


  • Processor architecture Operating systems and firmware Standard and domain-specific protocols and data formats

Experimental Development:


  • Software development life cycle Assured development practices (at a high-level)



A wide range of tools exist, and the researcher should be able to determine which are most appropriate for a given task. Types of tools used include:


  • Scripting languages (e.g. Python) Traffic capture and analysis tools (e.g. Wireshark) Disassemblers (e.g. IDA Pro) Debuggers (e.g. gdb) Decompilers (e.g. Hex-Rays Decompiler) Virtualization environments Integrated development environments Domain-specific simulation and development tools

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