Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity University of Guelph

Faculty Position
Position Title/Rank: Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity
College: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department: School of Computer Science
Deadline: November 12, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found

Position Description:

The School of Computer Science, University of Guelph, is seeking applications for a
two-year contractually-limited assistant professor position in cybersecurity. The
successful candidate will assist with the development and launch of a new MSc in
cybersecurity. The position will disappear after two years and be replaced by a
tenure-track assistant professor position (assuming the new MSc program is
approved). The ideal start date is May 1, 2018. Later start dates may be considered.

Background Information

Current MSc and PhD programs

The School is currently comprised of 23 faculty, 900 undergraduate and 50 graduate
students. 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 MSc in cybersecurity

A significant focus of this faculty position is to assist with 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 2019. The new Masters will be
unique with a core focus on threat intelligence, SIEM, 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 has 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). The building
hosting the School is currently being completely renovated (a $9M project) and will
include in the fall of 2019 a brand new physical lab that will serve as an academic
version of a SOC.

Requirements

Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent at the time of appointment, in computer
science or related field.

They must have strong expertise in cybersecurity, and an understanding of industry
needs with respect to cybersecurity. An established record of research is required,
and must include recent research-based publications in top-tier venues.

Candidates with a relevant postdoctoral or industrial experience, and current or past recipients
of an NSERC or other government-funded research grant, postdoctoral fellowship,
or doctoral scholarship will be favourably considered. Demonstrated experience
supervising students or staff on research-oriented projects is also an asset.

Candidates must show promise of being exceptional teachers. Previous teaching
experience, e.g., as a Sessional Lecturer, with a record of high-quality teaching based
on formal teaching evaluations or teaching awards is an asset. The successful
candidate will develop two courses for the new Masters in their first year and will
teach them in their second year.

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
Collingwood.

Additional Information

Interested applicants must send a cover letter (explain why you believe you are a
good fit for the position), CV, research statement (including a summary of research
achievements and a proposal for future research), teaching statement (including
teaching philosophy, interests and experiences), and teaching evaluations (if any),
all in one PDF file (maximum size 10MB), and in that order, to:
faculty_jobs@socs.uoguelph.ca

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

The University of Guelph acknowledge the Attawandaron people on whose traditional
territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe,
Haudenosaunee and M├ętis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships
with them.

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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