Professor of Cybersecurity

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 22, 2019
Nov 03, 2019
Full Time
Professor of Cybersecurity, Volgenau School of Engineering

The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering invites applications for the position of Professor of Cybersecurity. The school is seeking a highly accomplished leader who has the vision to take to the next level what is already one of the strongest research and educational programs in cybersecurity in the nation. 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 inclusive environment.

About Mason Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity has been a focus of Mason for a number of years, originally for information systems and more recently also for cyber-physical systems. Some of the highlights include the first-in-the-nation Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security Engineering with 370 majors in Fall 2018; selection by NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research; a recent $40 million award to Mason by the Department of Homeland Security for a Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis; more than 50 faculty engaged in cybersecurity research and education; more than $20M in cybersecurity sponsored research awarded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies; and more than 2,000 students engaged in more than a dozen educational programs across the Volgenau School that teach cybersecurity. Mason cybersecurity is thriving with strong ties to many companies in the Northern Virginia technology corridor.

Major New Investments in Cybersecurity: Concurrent with Amazon's recent announcement that it is building a new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, Mason announced three exciting new initiatives: (1) the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) which will focus on a broad set of foundational areas, including Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Computational Methods, Cyber and National Security, Data Analytics and Data Science, Human-Centered Computing, and Resilient/Smart Infrastructure; (2) the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Tower; and (3) the launch of Mason's School of Computing. Together these three initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in cybersecurity. Mason is also standing up a facility in which classified research focused on cybersecurity and other critical challenges will be performed for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and other US Government agencies. In fall 2019, Mason plans to launch a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity Engineering to complement its highly successful BS in Cybersecurity Engineering.

Responsibilities: The Professor of Cybersecurity will be expected to leverage university-level strategic priorities in cybersecurity research to lead transformative growth and impact of the research portfolio, and to further encourage and foster new and existing collaborations with academic, industrial, and governmental institutions in the greater Washington, D.C., area. The successful candidate will be expected to accelerate the growth of high-quality academic programs, facilitate interdisciplinary research initiatives, and broaden the scope and focus areas of research in Mason with significant potential for commercialization. The successful candidate is also expected to be named as the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology Eminent Scholar in Cybersecurity. The Center's recent award to Mason, coupled with other available funds, will provide substantial startup funding for the incumbent.

Required Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a doctorate in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, systems engineering, or a related field; and be eligible for a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. The successful candidate should have an outstanding cybersecurity research and publication record, as well as a commitment to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate education; significant leadership experience, including fostering interdisciplinary research/education and mentoring more junior colleagues; and be a US citizen able to obtain a US government security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications: Holding a current US government security clearance is preferred.

About Us: The Future of Engineering is Here. The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in technology and education. Its fall 2018 enrollment stands at close to 8,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. As part of a nationally ranked research university, the engineering school's research teams earned more than $68 million in sponsored research awards in the last 12 months. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering is known for its leadership in emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, health care technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

About Mason: George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia with an enrollment of over 37,000 students studying in more than 200 degree programs. The university is classified as an R1 research institution by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mason among the top 30 most innovative schools nationwide and one of the nation's top institutions for diversity, innovative learning, and a campus atmosphere that allows its students to thrive.

The D.C. metro area is home to a number of companies for which cybersecurity is central to their business. The northern Virginia business community includes a large number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to its 677-acre main campus in Fairfax, Mason has campuses in Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia, as well as an international campus in Songdo, Korea. Reflective of the university's strong commitment to cybersecurity research is the recent $40 million award to Mason by the Department of Homeland Security for the Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis. Cybersecurity is a central theme of that Center.

For full consideration applicants must complete the online application at for position number F217AZ; and upload a cover letter, a complete C.V. with publications, a teaching statement, a research statement, and the names of three professional references with contact information. The review of applications will begin February 28, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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