Faculty Position in Information Technology with emphasis in Cybersecurity

Augusta, Georgia, United States

Job description

Opportunity for a Full-time, Tenure-track, Open-rank Faculty Position in Information Technology with emphasis in Cybersecurity– A joint appointment with the Savannah River National Laboratory

Augusta University, highly respected, comprehensive research institution and premier health center of the University System of Georgia, announces a national search to recruit educators and researchers for an open-rank faculty position in Information Technology, with an emphasis in cybersecurity. This position will hold a joint appointment at the Savannah River National Laboratory in nearby Aiken, SC. Applications and nominations are being accepted.

More information is available in the Search Profile at http://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/AU-SRNL-IT-Cyber.pdf

The Opportunity

Georgia is listed among the top ten states for information technology jobs. With Augusta being home to the National Security Agency Georgia (NSAG), the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, and future home of United States Army Cyber Command, the area is poised for explosive growth. Projected workforce needs far exceed current capacity, especially in cybersecurity, information technology, and computer science.

In June 2015, Augusta University announced a major commitment to addressing the needs in this field and launched its Cyber Institute. Since its inception, the Cyber Institute has worked with colleges across the university to establish undergraduate and graduate programs in Cybersecurity, Information Security Management, Intelligence and Security Studies, and Healthcare Information Security. In addition to these new academic programs, the Cyber Institute has helped generate over $1M in funded research and Augusta University’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) in 2016.

State and federal elected officials have encouraged Augusta University to continue to advance quickly and expand our existing education and research missions in the areas of computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity. In January of 2017, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced $60M in funding to establish the Hull-McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. Opening in July of 2018, this state-owned, state-of-the-art facility is designed to bring public education, private industry, and government together to improve workforce training opportunities and spur innovation.

To better align its existing academic resources and to leverage this new facility and the collaborative opportunities it offers, Augusta University has established the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences (SCCS). The school brings together all of Augusta University’s existing Computer Science, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity programs, unifying the mission and vision of these programs.

In June of 2017, AU signed a memorandum of agreement with Savannah River National Laboratory to establish a joint faculty position in cybersecurity. AU and SRNL desire to strengthen their relationship and individual capabilities through the use of this collaborative faculty position.

Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories and is a world leader in science and technology. SRNL offers a unique combination of capabilities, infrastructure, and expertise that are not available anywhere else in the United States. As the designated laboratory for Environmental Management, SRNL has been called upon to provide intellectual leadership and innovative solutions to address complex challenges in environmental stewardship, national security and secure energy manufacturing.

Areas of Interest

Augusta University’s IT program seeks to convey a broad base set of technical knowledge and skills to its students, including networking, software development, data analytics, systems integration, management, operations, and cybersecurity. Through concentrations, students can optionally hone a skillset or gain a broader understanding of environments in which IT is applied.

For this position, Augusta University and Savannah River National Laboratory are seeking individuals who have interests and expertise across a wide range of cybersecurity-related disciplines but are especially interested in the areas of:

  • Theory of security and privacy, models of trust and authentication, risk assessment, methods of secure communication and computation, threat modeling and analysis, and fundamentals of anonymity
  • Secure operating systems, databases, networks, secure distributed systems, secure cloud systems, secure manufacturing systems and platforms-ICS, DCS, SCADA, secure components and systems in healthcare, autonomous systems and platforms, electronics, and other hardware for system security
  • Data and computation privacy, anonymization techniques for users and their data, and private information retrieval
  • Cyber-physical systems, computer forensics, malware analysis, vulnerability analysis, and firmware analysis and vulnerability

Position Requirements

Applicants should have a desire for a balanced academic focus. The successful candidate should expect a teaching load of five or six course sections per year. Rigorous academic research, the production of peer-reviewed articles and presentations, and the creation of state-of-the-art technical artifacts are also highly-valued, and thus between 30% and 40% of the individual’s efforts will be dedicated to research and professional development. Tenure status and academic rank are negotiable upon offer, commensurate with qualifications.

Minimum Requirements

  • Hold, or receive before the start of employment, a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D.) in computer science, information technology, information systems, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a stream of quality, peer-reviewed intellectual contributions in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated capability or strong potential for teaching excellence in information technology.
  • Ability and motivation to develop, manage, and deliver the curriculum for information technology courses. Interest and experience in online and hybrid-online delivery is a plus.
  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Q level DOE security clearance. Applicants must identify whether or not they currently hold a clearance or have held a clearance previously.

Augusta University

Founded in 1828, Augusta University, formerly Georgia Regents University, is one of only four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia. More than 8,500 students are enrolled in classes offered on campus and online. Programs emphasize creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving both inside and outside the classroom, even expanding the learning experience around the globe.

Enrolled for Fall 2017 were 876 freshmen, 4,415 other undergraduates, 1,635 graduate students, 1,293 first professionals, and 605 medical and dental residents. Out of the 8,824 students, 5,472 (62 percent) are female.

The university offers 141 academic programs across its 10 colleges and schools: College of Allied Health Sciences; Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Hull College of Business; Dental College of Georgia; College of Education; The Graduate School; College of Nursing; College of Science and Mathematics; Medical College of Georgia; and School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

The university is a $1 billion-plus enterprise with statewide and national reach. The Medical College of Georgia includes a partnership campus in Athens, Ga., and satellite campuses in the Georgia cities of Albany, Columbus, Macon, Rome, and Savannah. In addition to its academic units, the university has an integrated health system, including the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

A degree from Augusta University is greatly respected. Alumni speak highly of their education, citing factors such as small class sizes, extensive faculty support, and in-depth clinical training.

The university plays a leading role in incorporating technology into the curriculum. Examples include simulation labs, distance- and Internet-based instruction, and customized mobile applications for students and faculty.

More than 1,000 full-time faculty members and approximately 7,000 staff serve the university. Students are taught by some of the most prestigious scientists, clinicians, scholars, and artists in the nation. Faculty members not only convey vital information, but they also conduct extensive research.

A tobacco-free environment, Augusta University has a strong commitment to research. The university fosters interdisciplinary research collaboration and is well-known for healthcare oriented research. Augusta University is committed to developing an equally impressive cyber-oriented research agenda in the near term. The university’s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development aggressively cultivates promising research and directly assists in the transfer of breakthroughs to the marketplace.

The university has a growing intercollegiate athletics program. It fields men’s and women’s golf teams in NCAA Division I. In 11 other sports, the Jaguars compete in the Peach Belt Conference in Division II. The Jaguars have captured several championships, including the men’s golf team’s national championships in 2010 and 2011.

Savannah River National Laboratory

SRNL is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), operating in strategic partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) to apply unique and specialized capabilities to assist the nation in mitigating the hazards associated with the Cold War legacy waste; sustaining and improving the country’s nuclear security; and advancing the nation’s ability to provide a clean and sustainable energy future. As a national laboratory, SRNL has transformed to anticipate and meet the evolving needs of the nation and DOE.

SRNL’s genetic code, which was forged during a time of global crisis, remains today. It is shaped around science and technology for nuclear chemical manufacturing that provides practical outcomes with an unwavering commitment to the safety of its employees and protection of the environment. What also remains constant is its assurance to stay at the cutting edge of science, technology, and innovation, which propels SRNL forward as it anticipates new challenges and delivers cost-effective solutions for the nation. In other words, “We Put Science to Work™.”

SRNL is the national laboratory for the DOE Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). Its principal mission for DOE-EM is to apply its scientific and technical competencies to help achieve the nation’s legacy nuclear waste cleanup objectives safely and efficiently. This mission spans the DOE complex and includes 16 sites that remain the focus of ongoing cleanup efforts. SRNL has an important and strategic role in achieving DOE-EM’s objectives at SRS and at other cleanup sites.

The work at SRNL plays an equally important role in supporting the NNSA in maintaining a safe, secure, and reliable nuclear deterrent for the nation’s defense. Tritium is a critical component of the country’s defense systems and must be continually replenished in order to meet the needs of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. SRNL is the recognized center of excellence for tritium processing, storage, and gas transfer systems necessary as part of the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

SRNL successfully helps the DOE and NNSA meet critical mission needs by providing highly-reliable, cost-effective, and innovative solutions to the most difficult technical challenges. Once a solution is tested and verified at SRNL, it works with production facilities to ensure that the innovative solutions are successfully implemented to benefit the mission. The nuclear-based scientific and engineering competencies that SRNL maintains for its principal missions also provide unique value to a wider range of government and private-sector programs associated with enhancing environmental sustainability, increasing national security, and advancing the nation’s secure energy and advanced manufacturing objectives.

In fulfilling SRNL’s charter as an FFRDC, it works strategically with a broad set of government and private-sector partners to fully understand their needs. This deep understanding of mission needs allows SRNL to devise innovative solutions that provide enhanced value to the country while leveraging DOE’s investment in the foundational competencies of SRNL.

Augusta, Georgia

One of the largest cities in Georgia, Augusta is located on the bank of the Savannah River midway between the Great Smokey Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. A growing city with a metropolitan-area population of around 400,000, it recently was ranked one of the most favorable places to live in Georgia.

The city is home to Fort Gordon, which is home to the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, NSA Georgia, U.S. Cyber Protection Brigade, and future home of the U.S Army Cyber Command.

How to apply

Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited.

To apply, submit: a) Letter of interest, b) Current curriculum vitae, c) Statement of research interests, d) Statement of teaching interests, e) At least three references familiar with applicant’s background with full contact and email information (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.)

Submit applications to AU-SRNL-IT@myersmcrae.com .

Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For best consideration, the application should be received by March 1, 2018.

Submit nominations to AU-SRNL-IT-nominate@myersmcrae.com with contact and email information on the nominee.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting Augusta University with this search.

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