Work With Us On The CLTC Research Agenda

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is committed to pushing the boundaries of technology, social science, and humanities to positively influence how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with cybersecurity. The conceptual and practical aspects of the term ‘cybersecurity’ are evolving rapidly, as what we mean by ‘cyber’ and ‘security’ is changing in ways that would have been almost unimaginable a few years ago. 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 supporting faculty research at Berkeley, CLTC aims to develop additional research in areas of immediate relevance that include 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. We are open to other substantive areas that combine basic scientific research with policy and decision relevant objectives, and complement or supplement the work of Berkeley researchers and CLTC funded projects. CLTC’s work encompasses both technical and non-technical components, and we especially welcome researchers that are interested in both (although it is not necessary that any single researcher do so). Additional details on areas of special interest are at the end of the document.

We invite applications from current doctoral candidates, post–doctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and staff researchers who wish to spend at least six months in residence at Berkeley and that are interested in working collaboratively with CLTC and Berkeley researchers, to apply. We strongly encourage work aimed at publishing both peer reviewed academic publications, and public-facing products such as (but not limited to) white papers, op-eds, mock legislation, or Congressional testimony.

For successful candidates CLTC will provide competitive salary or living stipends (as necessary), space to work in a collaborative environment on Berkeley’s campus, opportunities for publications and promotion of work products, and other research support (e.g., research-related travel; equipment) as required by the particular project.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

  • Staff Researcher (“Specialist”) applicants should apply here, or go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/ and search for job JPF01488.
  • Postdoctoral Scholars should apply here, or go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/ and search for job JPF01624.
  • All others should submit an application to cltc@berkeley.edu, and include:
    • Cover letter explaining your interest and experience related to the CLTC research agenda
    • Curriculum Vitae – Your up-to-date, full academic C.V.
    • (For pre-doctoral scholars) A graduate school transcript
    • Writing sample (samples of research papers or other similar work products preferred)
    • A proposed research work plan, no more than 3 pages
    • 3 references (contact information only)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL ABOUT PRIORITY AREAS OF INTEREST

CLTC is particularly interested in research that contributes to new knowledge and practice in these areas:

  • Cyber Talent Pipeline—We are interested in hosting research that will address 1) challenges, both in terms of supply and demand, in getting sufficient and sufficiently trained persons working in cybersecurity; 2) challenges related to diversifying the cybersecurity workforce along a number of dimensions (and the possible benefits of doing so more boldly); and 3) opportunities, in terms of policy, incentives, and other solutions, to improve these outcomes.
  • Security Implications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning—We are interested in hosting research that will address long-term security implications of AI/ML, including challenges for political systems, economies, and societies. This includes questions within the conventional remit of cybersecurity (e.g., on attacks and surveillance), and broader questions where changes in AI and ML may give rise to serious concerns for humans that rise to the level of security (e.g., in workforce disruption or interference with democratic discourse and electoral processes, the intersection between adversarial machine learning and forged/automated content, and the economic growth and distributional consequences of machine learning technologies).
  • New Cybersecurity Governance and Regulatory Regimes—We are interested in hosting research that aims to parse the consequences of existing cybersecurity regulatory and governance institutions, and institutional gaps that afflict this current system as well as ways in which a positive difference can be made. This could include domestic restructuring of US government agencies, improved interactions between the US government and private sector actors, and enhanced international collaboration on issues of cybersecurity.
  • Protecting Politically Vulnerable Individuals and Organizations— We are interested in hosting research that bears on the threat and defensive landscapes for politically vulnerable groups such as dissidents, journalists, environmentalists, refugees/immigrants, human rights advocates, and children/the elderly. This includes investigations aimed at improving the cybersecurity practices of political vulnerable organizations and developing technical or managerial tools that could better assist such organizations in building strong cybersecurity.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR LONG-TERM CYBERSECURITY

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is a multidisciplinary, campus-wide initiative supporting research, curriculum development, seminars, conferences, and outreach on the future of cybersecurity.

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is made possible by the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. To join our listserv and receive more information about our events, please email cltc@berkeley.edu or visit our website at https://cltc.berkeley.edu/.

Individuals who are not able to visit Berkeley, but nevertheless are interested in collaborating on these research areas, should contact cltc@berkeley.edu, as there may be additional opportunities for partnerships to develop.