Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, Cyber Security and Privacy

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Faculty Cluster- Cyber Security and Privacy

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Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, Cyber Security and Privacy

Job Description:

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has established several interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are looking to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area(s) of Cyber Security and Privacy. However, well-qualified applicants will be considered for the rank of tenured associate professor or professor. This position will have an anticipated start date of August 8, 2020.


This interdisciplinary position will be expected to strengthen both the cluster and a chosen tenure home department and may include a combination of joint appointments. A strong advantage of this position is the ability of the candidate to choose a combination of units for their appointment. All relevant areas will be considered, such as (but not limited to) Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Legal Studies, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Philosophy, Criminal Justice, and Political Science.


The ideal candidate will have a strong background in cyber security and privacy and be on an upward leadership trajectory in these areas. In particular, candidates that have a track record in security and privacy issues affecting software and systems (cloud, IoT, cyber-physical) are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will also have research impact as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a well-funded research program. We are looking for a team player who understands the technical aspects of cyber security and privacy and can help bridge current interdisciplinary campus efforts in cyber security and privacy, especially using the perspectives of one of the disciplines mentioned above. (See for a complete list of all the units involved to date.) Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided.


UCF has a diverse student body of more than 68,000 students and has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs . In 2019, UCF was officially recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review for our efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility. UCF's students represent all 50 states and over 120 countries. While Orlando is famous for its amusement parks, it is also home to the emerging preeminent University of Central Florida. UCF is in a centralized location that is 30 minutes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and 60 minutes to the beach. UCF has 16 sports teams, including football, soccer/futbol, tennis, volleyball, and 600+ cultural, academic and social student clubs and organizations all led by faculty mentors. In addition, UCF has several associations for faculty and staff, among them, the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA), the PRIDE Faculty and Staff Association, and the Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty. This year, UCF received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.


The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University for its high research activity and community engagement. This past fiscal year, UCF brought in a record amount of research funding in excess of $192M. For the third consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation’s most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report while Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review have ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education.


UCF is an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. UCF’s Orlando location also puts it at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a world-renowned entertainment industry, including large corporations such as Disney, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Oracle, Apple, AMD, Boeing, SpaceX, Blue Origin, etc. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies and UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. The Central Florida area is designated by the State of Florida as the Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. UCF also has an accredited medical school, established in 2006, which is a neighbor to the Orlando VA Medical Center and the Nemours Children’s Hospital. Orlando has one of the fastest growing and dynamic economies in the nation. In 2018, among major metropolitan areas, Orlando enjoyed the fifth largest increase in population.


Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world’s best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. In addition, UCF is #16 for Florida on the list of America's Best Employers by state, outranking any other educational institutions on the list.  Come learn more about UCF at


AA-Faculty Cluster Initiative

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Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution at the time of appointment in an area appropriate to the cluster. The selected candidate must also have a record of high impact research related to cyber security and privacy demonstrated by a strong scholarly and/or funding record.


In order to be hired with tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with an associate professor or professor in the tenure department.

Preferred Qualifications:

A history of working with teams, especially teams that span multiple disciplines, is strongly preferred.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, No paper or emailed applications or materials will be considered.


UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of this community. Please tell us about your approach and experience meeting the needs of a diverse community, both in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague.

In addition to the online application, interested candidates must attach the following materials to their application:


1)      the above-mentioned diversity statement,

2)      a cover letter*,

3)      curriculum vitae,

4)      teaching statement,

5)      research statement, and

6)      contact information for three professional references (include email addresses).


*In the cover letter, candidates must address their background in cyber security and privacy, any experience working on interdisciplinary teams, how they will enhance the existing cluster team, and identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home and any joint appointments they would desire.


NOTE: Please have all application documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.


This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding this search can be directed to Yan Solihin at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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