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

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, and plan to hire two tenure-track assistant professors for this cluster. These positions have an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022.


For the first position, we are looking for a faculty candidate with a background at the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence, security, and privacy. For the second position, we are looking for candidates working in systems security, broadly defined. This may include specialization in the security of software systems, networked systems, hardware systems, etc., or a combination thereof. The ideal candidates for these two positions will have a strong background in cyber security and privacy and be on an upward trajectory in these areas. They will have a research impact, as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a well-funded research program. We are looking for team players who can help bring together current campus efforts in cyber security and privacy.


The Cybersecurity and Privacy Cluster is an interdisciplinary initiative bringing together researchers from across the campus, working on addressing the pressing questions of our national security from an engineering, science, and social perspective. The cluster currently has eight members, collectively advising more than 35 doctoral students, embracing a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork. The cluster runs various well-funded programs, is home to a newly introduced MS in Cybersecurity and Privacy, and was recently awarded the NSF Scholarship for Service Program.


These positions will be expected to strengthen both the cluster and the chosen tenure home department, and may include a combination of joint appointments. A strong advantage of these positions is the ability of the candidates to choose a combination of units for their appointment, including the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, among others. (See for a complete list of all the units involved.) Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided with these new positions.


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 a 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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Advertised Annual Salary:


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. Ph.D. candidates with an ABD status will be considered for the openings, subject to obtaining their degree before the start date.


The selected candidates must also have a record of high-impact research (or the potential for such) related to cyber security and privacy, in the specified area, 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:

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


In addition to the online application, 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 (if applicable).

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 positions are filled. To ensure consideration before the positions are closed, applications 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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Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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