Postdoctoral Researcher – Cybersecurity Policy

Tufts University has an opening for a postdoc in cybersecurity policy to start in Fall 2022. The postdoc will be conducting research in cybersecurity policy. Area of specialization is open but several different directions are of particular interest. Research in international and military use of cyber technologies, as well as government regulation of security tools are of strong interest, as is work related to Russian cybersecurity policy. In addition, current Tufts faculty conduct research in surveillance and privacy, home IoT and privacy and security issues, cybersecurity incident liability, and impact of legal responses to cybersecurity incidents. An aspect of this fellowship is improving cross-disciplinary background and skills in policy to have tech-informed cybersecurity policy. Thus, it is expected that the postdoc appointee will spend some effort gaining technical background to understand technical aspects of privacy and/or security (Tufts offers a number of courses in this).

In Fall 2020 Tufts University initiated a masters program in cybersecurity and public policy combining the efforts of The Fletcher School and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science; there are a number of associated talks, seminars, and other activities. It is expected that the postdoc will participate in these, which include an annual student paper symposium in cybersecurity policy each spring. The Fletcher School and Tufts School of Engineering’ Department of Computer Science offers courses in security and in cybersecurity policy, and this will provide additional interesting opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar, who may participate in some teaching. In addition, Tufts University is located in the Boston area — it is two stops away on the subway to Harvard and two additional stops away from MIT. Boston is a hub for exciting research including but not limited to research activities at Harvard, MIT, Facebook, Google, Northeastern, and Boston University, providing a rich array of talks and scholars in cybersecurity, policy, and related areas; the postdoc researcher is encouraged to take advantage of this. The postdoc position will be from September 1, 2022 to May 30, 2024; a later start is possible (but a later ending date is not). Candidates outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

Minimum Education Level: JD, PhD Student

Qualifications:

  • Completion of a PhD or JD in cybersecurity policy or a related area on or after September 1, 2019.
  • Evidence of background in tech-related policy.

Review of applications will begin immediately. 

Research postdoc application: Application materials include: a cover letter explaining your background and interest in the area, CV, a writing sample; a list of three recommenders (names and contact information), a description of research interests, and graduate school transcript. These materials should be submitted to joshua.anderson@tufts.edu; any questions about these positions should also be sent to joshua.anderson@tufts.edu.

Posted: May 9, 2022
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