Research Assistant Professor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 17, 2021
Jan 26, 2022
Full Time
George Mason University Center of Excellence in C4I & Cyber Center Research Assistant Professor The George Mason University Center of Excellence in C4I & Cyber Center (C4I & Cyber Center), within the Volgenau School of Engineering, invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor. 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 the Position: The Research Assistant Professor position will conduct research that investigates the applicability of a combination of models using highly expressive probabilistic ontology languages such as PR-OWL and advanced simulation techniques to address the problem of human cognition bottlenecks in highly dynamic operations. Among the main topics is the aggregation of heterogeneous data from cybersecurity experiments using probabilistic ontologies, and the automated establishment of multi-domain adaptive kill-chains in military operations. Responsibilities: The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team developing novel techniques for heterogeneous data fusion and will be responsible for: * Developing first-order probabilistic reasoning models using the PR-OWL language and the UnBBayes-MEBN probabilistic graphical framework; * Developing advanced algorithms for probabilistic inference in multi-entity Bayesian Networks using Java, Python, and R; * Designing experiments, conducting heterogeneous data fusion research and drafting manuscripts, revisions and publications; * Participating in advanced research on explainable AI methodologies, developing methods and pursuing publication of research results in peer-reviewed venues within the associated areas. Required Qualifications: * Candidates must have earned a Doctorate in Information Technology, Systems Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field to apply for this position; * Candidates must possess, have experience on, and be able to demonstrate strong skills in the Java programming language; * Candidates must possess experience in developing AI algorithms, preferably Bayesian Networks; * Candidates must have experience in software development. Preferred Qualifications: * Have publications in academic, peer-reviewed venues in the areas of AI, Computer Science, and/or closely related fields; * Experience in developing software using DevOps tools such as JIRA and Confluence; * Experience in developing advanced algorithms for probabilistic inference in multi-entity Bayesian Networks; * Have expertise in ontologies and/or probabilistic ontologies (PR-OWL); * Experience in developing within the UnBBayes Graphical Probabilistic Framework. Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. The school boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 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, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines. George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 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, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university 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 planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas. About the Center: The C4I and Cyber Center at George Mason University is the nation's first and only civilian university-based entity offering a comprehensive academic and research program in military applications of information technology and cyber security. The Center mission is to perform advanced research in defense, intelligence, and security-related applications in IT and Cyber; bridging cultural gaps and aligning requirements between government, industry, and academia. It serves as a multi-disciplinary hub connecting faculty and researchers wanting to work on areas related to the Center's mission and be widely recognized as a premier source of knowledge and innovation to military and civilian authorities.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number F445Az; and attach a cover letter, resume, CV, list of three professional references with contact information, and a statement on what diversity and inclusion means to you (attached as 'Other Doc'). Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by April 2, 2021; however, the review of applications will 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. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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