Job TitleOpen-Rank, Term Faculty Position
Position TypeFull Time
Job Category Faculty
Salary Range -
Location Fairfax, VA US
Application Deadline -
Contact Name Human Resources
Department of Cyber Security Engineering
Open-Rank, Term Faculty Position
The George Mason University Department of Cyber Security Engineering, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), invites applications for a renewable-term, non-tenure-track position at the academic rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, or at the rank of Instructor, beginning Fall 2023. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally onclusive environment.
Responsibilities include developing, updating and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and service duties associated with the department’s undergraduate degree programs.
Applicants for Assistant/Associate or Full Professor position must have received a PhD in Engineering, Computing or a related field by the start date of the position. Applicants who have received a MS in Engineering, Computing, or a related field by the start date of the position will be considered for Instructor position. Applicants must possess a strong commitment to and demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Applicants in all areas of cybersecurity research and their applications will be given serious consideration. We are particularly interested in candidates in the areas of cyber physical systems, IIOT/IOT Security, blockchains, robust cloud and edge technologies, automated industrial systems and supply chain security, penetration testing / ethical hacking, digital forensics, dark web, cryptocurrency, threat hunting, and cybersecurity governance / frameworks etc. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. Administrative and/or managerial experience is a plus. The Department and the College place a high value on engaging students from traditionally underrepresented groups, and candidates from these groups are especially encouraged to apply.
About the Department:
Established in 2019, the Cyber Security Engineering Department (first of its kind) is focused on academics and research for the cyber security engineering of integrated cyber-physical systems. The mission of the department is to develop proactive approaches in engineering design of physical systems with cyber security incorporated from the beginning to the end of the system development life cycle. Cyber security engineering is an important quantitative methodology to be used in all industries to include, but not limited to, transportation, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, finance, government (federal, state, and local), manufacturing and defense.
The department prepares students with a foundation in cyber security engineering and is most appropriate for students with a strong mathematics, science and computing background. Accordingly, the department is dedicated to creating a premier body of faculty open to applying diverse engineering scientific methods in providing well engineered resilient systems. Not surprisingly, the department has been consistently highly ranked in diverse venues. Recently, Cybersecurity Talent Discovery by SANS Technology Institute in a nationwide Cyber FastTrack
field of 5,200 U.S. colleges ranked the department as the 1st in the nation, while CyberDegrees.org ranked us as the 8th among all cybersecurity schools and the US News and Report 2023 rankings lists us as 10th in the nation among public schools (up from 15th in 2022). Our CYSE BS has been ranked 2nd best cybersecurity program by OnlineU, the 4th in the nation by GetCollegeCredit.com, and 9th in the nation by EduRank. Quality in education is also reflected in the various competitions our students participate with undeniable success, winning or being among the top finalists in venues such as the Virginia Cyber Range / VMI Cyber Fusion Competition and others in both national and state stages.
Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here
The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts 10,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 302 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 93 are tenured, 75 are tenure-track, 82 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $70 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics
engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, community-based healthcare, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.
George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.
In conjunction with Amazon’s decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to increase its capacity in engineering and computing. Some of the university’s exciting plans are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a 360,000 square foot building-–Fuse at Mason Square. Fuse will become the nexus of Mason’s transdisciplinary
research, entrepreneurship, and academic program efforts in digital innovation, and will unite the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to address the world’s grand challenges.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F810AZ; at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a statement of professional goals including your perspective on teaching and research (to attach as ‘Other Doc’), a complete CV with publications, a statement on what diversity and inclusion means to you (to attach as ‘Other Doc 2’), and the names of three professional references with contact
information. The review of applications will begin December 9, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
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