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Published March 3, 2020
Two full time (one domestic/one international) funded PhD positions
We are looking for two motivated PhD students for a research project funded by the Australian Research Council on “Cybersecurity ethics training simulations using values-based design” in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University in Sydney.

This 3-year Project aims to investigate ways to train reflective ethical decision making in cybersecurity professionals through the design of interactive social simulations.

The Project will advance understanding and management of human factors in cybersecurity breaches and the field of serious game design for cybersecurity training by using new techniques for building artificially intelligent virtual agents, drawing on interdisciplinary expertise in ethics, artificial intelligence and serious game design.

Expected outcomes of the Project include new frameworks and technologies for cybersecurity training that take into account organisational norms and policies and the values of individuals that influence day-to-day decision-making in the context of ethical dilemmas relating to cybersecurity.

The PhD scholar would work with the supervisory team to identify a specific topic aligned with one or more areas of research focus in this project, such as modelling and evaluating ethical behaviour, design of interaction modality in serious games, agent-societies for modelling cybersecurity policy and risk management, and intelligent agents for reflection-based training and education.

Applicants with a background in computer science, artificial intelligence, games design, philosophy or related research areas are encouraged to apply. Prior expertise with game development, computer programming and artificial intelligence are considered a plus. The candidate must be available to enrol and commence studies no later than 27th November 2020.

This grant involves multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers from the Departments of Computing and Philosophy at Macquarie University and Umea University in Sweden.

Project team members are affiliated with the Cybersecurity Hub; Virtual Reality and Interactive System group; Macquarie University Serious Games Research Network; Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE) and WASP-HS the research program on AI humanities and society ( This grant involves external collaboration with Optus (Singtel) through affiliations with the Cybersecurity Hub and WASP-HS.

Information on the scholarship and how to apply can be found at:
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