Assistant 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, Research/Grants, Sciences

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor, Cyber Security and Privacy

Administrative Title:

No Administrative Function

Job Description:

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has established nine interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are recruiting faculty in the broad area of cyber security and privacy, from a policy or social science perspective, and plan to hire one tenure-earning assistant professor for this cluster. This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022.


The Cybersecurity and Privacy Cluster is an interdisciplinary initiative, bringing together researchers from across the campus and working on addressing the pressing questions of our national security from engineering, science, and social perspectives. The cluster currently has eight members, collectively advising more than 35 doctoral students, and embracing a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork. The cluster runs various well-funded programs, has developed and implemented a new interdisciplinary M.S. in Cybersecurity and Privacy, and was recently selected by the National Science Foundation to be a host institution for the prestigious Scholarship for Service Program. 


This is an interdisciplinary position that 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 from the cluster for their appointment. See for a complete list of all the units involved. Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided with this new position.


The ideal candidate will have a strong background in cyber security and privacy and be on an upward leadership trajectory in these areas. They will have research impact as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a well-funded research program. In particular, we are looking for a team player who can help bring together current campus efforts in cyber security or privacy, and someone who will work at the intersection of several areas, addressing the policy, regulatory or social science aspects with a focus on one or more of the following topics: a) privacy laws and regulation; b) social media; c) cybercrimes; d) cyberwarfare; e) cyber security and intelligence. With this in mind, we anticipate the selected candidate will be tenure-earning in one of, but not limited to, the following units: Criminal Justice; Legal Studies; Modeling, Simulation, and Training; Politics, Security, and International Affairs; or Sociology.


UCF is one of the nation’s largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 70,000 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. 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 main campus 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 world-renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to the UCF main campus is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies, UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training and UCF’s new School of Modeling, 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 which was established in 2006 and is a neighbor to large corporations such as Disney, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, and many others, all of which have a strong interest in cyber security and privacy. 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. We encourage you to learn more about one of UCF’s newest endeavors, the exciting Faculty Cluster Initiative, at


Office of Research, Faculty Cluster Initiative

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Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the cluster at the time of appointment. Ph.D. candidates with an ABD status will be considered for the opening, subject to obtaining their degree before the start date. 


The selected candidate must also have a record of high impact research (or the potential for such) related to cyber security and privacy demonstrated by a strong scholarly and/or funding record.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Special Instructions to Applicants:





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.


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


1)      A Diversity Statement:

UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of this community. Please tell us about your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague, as well as future plans to advance these contributions. Such indicators of commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion may be demonstrated through scholarship, teaching, mentioning, service and engagement.


 2)      A Cover Letter:

In the cover letter candidates must address their background in research and scholarship in the area in cyber security and privacy as related to policy and regulatory aspects and identify the department or departments for their potential tenure home, as well as any joint appointments they would desire.


3)      Curriculum Vitae,


4)      Teaching Statement,


5)      Research Statement, and


6)      Contact information for three professional references (include email address and telephone number).


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.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration before the position is closed, the application should be submitted promptly.


Questions regarding this search can be directed to the cluster lead and search committee chair, Dr. David Mohaisen, at

Florida Clause:

UCF’s expectation is that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 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 UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


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

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