Innovation Team Leader in Centre for Secure Information Technologies Queens University Belfast United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast

Innovation Team Leader                                      

Ref: 18/107007

Centre for Secure Information Technologies

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Experience leading edge cyber-security innovation and value creation and use your software development skills to complement the work of the UK’s most celebrated cyber-security innovation lab. 

You will engage with early stage cyber-security start-up companies from across the UK and provide practical engineering support to help them develop their business ideas into tangible software assets and demonstrators.


About The Team

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is the UK national Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security.  With a remit to conduct world leading research into applied cryptography, network security and security analytics (Big Data) the centre also has responsibility to commercialise that research and support the growth of the cyber security industry in the UK. 


CSIT employs a team of 15 experienced product developers in both software and hardware systems to further develop new ideas into well-engineered prototypes and technology demonstrators.


The CSIT engineering team supports a major cybersecurity innovation accelerator based in London:


•  The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), a £13.5M investment from HMG focused on accelerating growth in the cybersecurity industry in the UK.  In collaboration with Plexal and Deloitte the LORCA innovation hub opened in June 2018, is hosted in the former Olympic Park, East London and provides a specialist incubation programme for start-up companies in the cyber sector - a launch pad for a whole generation of new cyber security companies (

•  A Qualified Candidate should be experienced in the following areas

•  A highly experienced software product developer with well-developed software engineering skills, project delivery skills, previous experience of team leadership and people management skills.

•  A strong technical leader with skills across a range of high and/or low level programming languages such as C/C++, Java, Python and R.

•  Disciplined software construction habits such as professional Build Systems (e.g. MVN, Gradle, Make, Ant), Configuration Management (e.g. Git, Perforce, SVN) and Continuous Integration (e.g. Jenkins, Hudson, Jira)

•  Disciplined software testing habits including unit testing, mocks, and test driven development.

•  Pronounced technical leadership of people and/or projects.



You must have at least a 2:1 Honours Degree, or equivalent, in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or related discipline. In exceptional circumstances, relevant programming experience will be considered appropriate with non-related degree.


About You

You should be an experienced software engineer eager to assume responsibility for leading projects, mentoring junior staff, ensuring software quality, and keen to provide a fundamental service to young start-up businesses. This is an opportunity to learn, grow and refine your career with exposure to raw innovation in cyber-security. 


QUB provides a strong commitment to professional development and opportunities for part-time study and post-graduate research are available.


You will be successful in this role if you:

•  A creative innovator with an entrepreneurial spirit that allows you to identify and combine new technologies and ideas into practical solutions

•  Enjoy being autonomous and self-driven while, at the same time, enjoy working in a collaborative environment

•  Enjoy leading others around you to help the team and the start-ups to be successful

•  Are comfortable interacting with young energetic, hugely ambitious customers who are likely to have minimal project management and planning experience?

•  Bring your creativity to work every day


Anticipated interview date: Thursday 10 January 2019


Salary scale:   £49,261 - £62,205 per annum (potential to progress to £65,983 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)


Closing date: Thursday 3 January 2019


For full criteria and to apply online, visit You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application. 


For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. 


Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on


The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.


It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability. 

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