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Junior and Assistant Specialists in Computer Security

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an IBP member program

Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior and Assistant Specialists to be part of research team in the areas of network security, malware analysis, and vulnerability detection in the Security Lab (aka SecLab) with professors Giovanni Vigna and Christopher Kruegel for the upcoming openings. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department.

Positions are generally for 50% - 75% time (20 - 30 hours per week). Junior and Assistant Specialists will join a team of graduate students and postdocs, under the supervision and guidance of a professor, to work on a research project related to computer security. Projects are typically funded through federal grants and they center around the development and execution of an experiment. Junior Specialists will participate in all stages of the research, including a literature review, methods design, and reporting on results; Assistant Specialists will also participate in all elements of the research, but will be expected to demonstrate more independence. Both Junior and Assistant Specialists will have opportunities to join other SecLab activities, including weekly meetings and Capture the Flag (CTF) security challenges. A project typically runs for six months.

Basic qualifications: The minimum qualifications required to be an applicant are a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field.

Additional qualifications: To apply for an Assistant Specialist appointment, applicants must have a Master's degree or five years of experience in a related position.

Preferred qualification: Demonstrated interest in the fields of computer and network security, and binary analysis.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

To apply, please go to UC Recruit at and apply to JPF00940.

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references.

Please note: This pooled recruitment does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the 'Next Review Date' specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 10/31/2017
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University of California, Santa Barbara (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computer Sciences

Computer Security
Cyber Security
Network Security

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
U.S. Dept. of Defense

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