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University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) School of Information

Berkeley, CA
Expiration Date: May 14, 2018

The Center for LongTerm Cybersecurity was established with a $15M grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to Berkeley to support the building of a new field of cybersecurity research that is multidisciplinary and global in scope, and that contributes to shaping long term policy in the field. The CLTC is based in UC Berkeley's School of Information (I School), a graduate research and education community dedicated to advancing knowledge and practice everywhere humans interact with digital technologies. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching, the I School is committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. I School faculty conduct research in areas such as humancomputer interaction (HCI), security and privacy, applied data science, and technology in developing regions. The school currently offers two professional master's degrees and an academic doctoral degree, and will launch a master's degree in cybersecurity in 2018.

CLTC is in a period of rapid growth and is searching for multiple Postdoctoral Scholars to work on a wide range of projects as we develop our research agenda. The Postdoctoral Scholars will play a critical and active role in shaping the Center's research agenda, focusing on issues ranging from the security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the cyber talent pipeline and cybersecurity in unusual settings, such as professional sports. The role is well suited for candidates interested in researching emerging issues in cybersecurity through an interdisciplinary lens, making connections between technical developments and their implications on policy, politics, and society. Working on campus at UC Berkeley, the Postdoctoral Scholars will be exposed to a rich network of cybersecurity research across disciplines such as information and data science, electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), law, public policy, economics, and political science.

Appointment Length

This is a fulltime, oneyear position and the appointment is renewable for a second year depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Anticipated start date is June 2018, though we are happy to entertain candidates available for an earlier start date.

Responsibilities

Postdoctoral Scholars will work closely with CLTC's Faculty and Executive Directors on projects covering a wide variety of cybersecurity issues, and focused on the following priority areas: 1) the security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning; 2) improving the cyber talent pipeline; 3) examining cybersecurity regulatory and governance institutions, and identifying/proposing alternatives; and 4) protecting vulnerable people online. All interested applicants should first review the CLTC Research Agenda, available at https://cltc.berkeley.edu/cltcresearchagenda/ to better understand CLTC's research priorities and the types of projects that most interest us.

Postdoctoral scholars will have opportunities to propose and implement research projects that align with the Center's programming, including authoring peer reviewed publications, white papers, and other written documents; designing and leading workshops focused on the research agenda; and reviewing projects submitted to the Center. They will also be responsible for compiling literature reviews; conducting data collection and analysis; transcribing interviews and handling additional raw data as necessary; and writing research briefs and drafts of final reports. We value academic and intellectual entrepreneurs who wish to build and extend a research agenda in ambitious ways.

Basic Qualifications

The completion of all PhD or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications For All Applicants (By Start Date)

Must have a PhD or equivalent degree in a closely related technical field or in a closely related social science field.
Experience conducting technical, social science, or policy research, particularly related to cybersecurity, tech policy, national security, economics, or related fields.
Demonstrated skills to communicate complex and technical information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and written.
Organizational and communication skills necessary for effective project management.
Strong writing skills, demonstrated through experience drafting and editing research papers.
Working knowledge of cybersecurity, information security, national security, or related fields.
Curiosity and enthusiasm about emerging technologies and their implication on politics and society; a commitment to thinking creatively about a quickly developing problem space.
A desire to write both peerreviewed and public facing research (white papers, opeds, etc.).

Salary

The fulltime annual salary will be $50,000 $70,000.

Application Procedure: To apply go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01624
Please direct all questions for this position to cltc@berkeley.edu with the subject line: CLTC Postdoctoral Scholar.

This position will remain open until filled.

Requirements

Cover letter explaining your interest in and experience with the CLTC research agenda
Curriculum Vitae - Your uptodate, full academic C.V.
Graduate School Academic Transcript
Writing Sample (samples of research papers or other similar work products preferred)
A Proposed Work Plan (no more than 3 pages, for a project relating to one of CLTC's priority areas or a closely related subject)
3 references required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalist.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job location

Berkeley, CA

Requirements

Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your up-to-date, full academic C.V.
  • Graduate School Academic Transcript
  • Cover Letter - Explaining your interest in and experience with the CLTC research agenda
  • Writing Sample - Samples of research papers or other similar work products preferred
  • A Proposed Work Plan - No more than 3 pages, for a project relating to one of CLTC's priority areas or a closely related subject.
  • References

    3 letters of reference required

Interest Area 
Communication
Consulting
Project Management
Position Type 
Full-Time
Minimum Degree Requirements 
PhD
Position Level 
Mid-career