Associate Professor or Senior Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity University of Guelph School of Computer Science

Faculty Positions

Position Title/Rank: Associate Professor or Senior Assistant Professor in

College: College of Physical & Engineering Science

Department: School of Computer Science

Deadline: May 14, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found

Position Description:

The School of Computer Science in the College of Physical & Engineering Science at
the University of Guelph is seeking applications for a tenured or tenure-track
associate professor or senior assistant professor position in cybersecurity. The ideal
start date is September 1, 2017, but later start dates may be considered. Candidates
must hold a PhD or equivalent at the time of appointment, in computer science or a
related field.

Background Information

Current MSc and PhD programs

The School of Computer Science is currently comprised of 23 faculty members, 8
staff and technicians, about 850 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students
(MSc and PhD). It is expected to grow significantly in the next few years. The MSc in
Computer Science emphasizes both academic and applied research, while the PhD in
Computational Sciences produces interdisciplinary scholars who are capable of
tackling emerging problems in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc.
New Masters in cybersecurity

A significant focus of this faculty position is oversight of the design, development
and deployment of a new course-based MSc in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics,
which the School is planning to launch in the fall of 2018. The new Masters will be
unique with a core focus on threat intelligence, SIEM (Security Incident and Event
Management), intrusion prevention, malware analysis, computer forensics, and its
attention to detail in the area of lab-supported learning.

It will cover the most challenging and technical aspects of the cybersecurity field
and deliver graduates with unique skill sets that are in high demand. The School has
developed a preliminary proposal and secured strategic partners, including Cisco Systems, IBM
and McAfee.

These partners are committed to participating in the Advisory Board,
helping develop the curriculum, providing teaching and lab support, contributing
professional services and security software products, etc. (about $1.8M in-kind
contributions expected so far). In particular, they are engaged to provide
infrastructure for both a physical lab and a virtual lab. The building hosting the
School is currently being completely renovated (a $9M project) and will include in
the fall of 2018 a brand new physical lab that will serve as an academic version of a
Security Operations Centre.

Ideal Candidate

Note that the successful candidate is not expected to satisfy all the criteria below,
and expectations are commensurate with faculty level.


The ideal candidate has recognized expertise in cybersecurity. They have relevant
industrial experience, existing industry relations, and an understanding of industry
needs with respect to cybersecurity. They have demonstrated leadership ability and
will champion the new Masters in cybersecurity. They will help develop, and launch,
and later maintain and support the program.


The ideal candidate is a current or past recipient of an NSERC or other governmentfunded
research grant, postdoctoral fellowship, and doctoral scholarship. They have
supervision experience (graduate students, staff) on research-oriented projects.
They have built an internationally recognized, externally funded, outstanding
research program with sustained productivity. They have an established record of
research, with recent research-based publications in top-tier venues. They will
support the current MSc and interdisciplinary PhD programs with graduate student
supervision and world-class research in the domain of cybersecurity.


The ideal candidate is an exceptional teacher, and has a record of high-quality
teaching based on formal teaching evaluations and teaching awards. Once the MSc in
cybersecurity has been launched, they will teach up to 3 courses per year, including
2 graduate courses in the area of cybersecurity.


The ideal candidate will provide service to the School, the College, the University,
and the research community at large.

About Guelph

The City of Guelph, Ontario, is known for its educational and cultural life and has
often been rated as one of the best cities to live in Canada. It is surrounded by rolling
farmland, possesses an excellent public transit system and a wide variety of housing
possibilities. The City is within easy driving distance of Metropolitan Toronto and
recreational areas, from the Niagara wine region to Lake Huron and the ski hills of

Additional Information

Further information may be found at:

Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is
found. Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2017, with the hiring process
continuing until the position is filled.

Interested applicants must send a cover letter (explain why you believe you are a
good fit for the position), a CV, a teaching statement (including teaching philosophy,
interests and experiences), and a research statement (including a summary of
research achievements and a proposal for future research), all in one single PDF file
(maximum size 10MB), to:

Candidates selected for interview may be required to provide additional
documentation such as contact points for references, sample publications,
a teaching portfolio, and other supporting documents.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will
be given priority.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports
diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of
underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified
individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are
encouraged to apply.

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