January 11, 2018

Now Hiring: Researchers Wanted for New Initiatives at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is hiring a team of researchers—including current doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and staff researchers—to contribute to new research initiatives focused on four primary areas: the security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning; the human capital and talent pipeline for cybersecurity; examining cybersecurity regulatory and governance institutions and identifying/proposing alternatives; and protecting vulnerable people online.

Researchers should be willing to spend at least six months in residence at UC Berkeley, working collaboratively with CLTC and university researchers. Successful candidates will receive a competitive salary or living stipends, space to work in a collaborative environment on UC Berkeley’s campus, opportunities for publications and promotion of work products, and other research support. Ideal projects will aim at publishing peer-reviewed academic publications, as well as public-facing products, such as white papers, op-eds, mock legislation, or Congressional testimony.

Founded in 2014 through a generous grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is a multidisciplinary, campus-wide initiative supporting research, curriculum development, seminars, conferences, and outreach on the future of cybersecurity. CLTC believes that a transformative cybersecurity research program should not only address the most interesting and complex challenges of today’s socio-technical security environment, but also grapple with the broader challenges of the next decade’s environment.

In addition to allocating more than $1 million annually to researchers working across the UC Berkeley campus, the Center is developing its own research agenda to contribute to new knowledge and practice in four critically important areas.

  1. Cyber Talent Pipeline: The Center’s research program on the “cyber talent pipeline” will address the challenge of training a sufficient pool of cybersecurity professionals, in part by exploring novel methods—such as policy, incentives, or other solutions—for training a robust and diverse cybersecurity workforce.
  2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: This research program will focus on exploring the security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, including how AI technologies could transform political systems, economies, and societies.
  3. Cybersecurity Governance and Regulatory Regimes: CLTC seeks to identify current gaps and explore possible new national and international governance structures to improve cybersecurity, such as restructuring government agencies, encouraging public-private collaboration, or enhancing international collaboration around cybersecurity.
  4. Protecting politically vulnerable individuals and organizations: This research program focuses on improving the cybersecurity of politically vulnerable organizations and individuals, such as dissidents, journalists, environmentalists, refugees/immigrants, human rights advocates, and children and the elderly.

Beyond these four areas, the Center is open to research in other substantive areas that combine basic scientific research with policy- and decision-relevant objectives, and that complement or supplement the work of UC Berkeley researchers and CLTC-funded projects.

For more information, including links to apply, please visit https://cltc.berkeley.edu/cltc-research-agenda/.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with qualified candidates who may be interested!

 

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