Position Title / Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor in Cybersecurity
College: College of Physical & Engineering Science
Department: School of Computer Science
Deadline: May 14, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is found
The School of Computer Science, University of Guelph, is seeking applications for a tenured or tenure-track associate or senior assistant professor position in cybersecurity. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017. Later start dates may be considered. Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent at the time of appointment, in computer science or related field.
Current MSc and PhD programs
The School is currently comprised of 23 faculty, 850 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. It is expected to grow significantly in the next few years. The MSc in Computer Science emphasizes both academic and applied research, while the PhD in Computational Sciences produces interdisciplinary scholars who are capable of tackling emerging problems in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc.
New Masters in cybersecurity
A significant focus of this faculty position is oversight of the design, development and deployment of a new course-based MSc in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, which the School is planning to launch in the fall of 2018. The new Masters will be unique with a core focus on threat intelligence, SIEM, intrusion prevention, malware analysis, computer forensics, and its attention to detail in the area of lab-supported learning. It will cover the most challenging and technical aspects of the cybersecurity field and deliver graduates with unique skill sets that are in high demand. The School has developed a preliminary proposal and secured strategic partners, including Cisco Systems, IBM and McAfee. These partners are committed to participating in the Advisory Board, helping develop the curriculum, providing teaching and lab support, contributing professional services and security software products, etc. (about $1.8M in-kind contributions expected so far). They are engaged to provide infrastructure for both a physical lab and a virtual lab. The building hosting the School is currently being completely renovated (a $9M project) and will include in the fall of 2018 a brand new physical lab that will serve as an academic version of a SOC.
Note that the successful candidate is not expected to satisfy all the criteria below, and expectations are commensurate with faculty level.
The ideal candidate has recognized expertise in cybersecurity. They have relevant industrial experience, existing industry relations, and an understanding of industry needs with respect to cybersecurity. They have demonstrated leadership ability and will champion the new Masters in cybersecurity. They will help develop, and launch, and later maintain and support the program.
The ideal candidate is a current or past recipient of an NSERC or other government-funded research grant, postdoctoral fellowship, and doctoral scholarship. They have supervision experience (graduate students, staff) on research-oriented projects. They have built an internationally recognized, externally funded, outstanding research program with sustained productivity. They have an established record of research, with recent research-based publications in top-tier venues. They will support the current MSc and interdisciplinary PhD programs with graduate student supervision and world-class research in the domain of cybersecurity.
The ideal candidate is an exceptional teacher, and has a record of high-quality teaching based on formal teaching evaluations and teaching awards. Once the MSc in cybersecurity has been launched, they will teach up to 3 courses per year, including 2 graduate courses in the area of cybersecurity.
The ideal candidate will provide service to the School, College, University, and research community at large.
Interested applicants must send a cover letter (explain why you believe you are a good fit for the position), CV, teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, interests and experiences), and research statement (including a summary of research achievements and a proposal for future research), all in one PDF file (maximum size 10MB), to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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