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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

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