Application Deadline: April 9, 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar, Data Privacy: Public Policy and Practice

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RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: February 26th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 9, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on studying how firms, customers, citizens, and other relevant stakeholders have reacted to and been impacted by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) & California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The objective is to extend empirical understandings about reactions to and consequences of these laws. This includes assisting in the exploration of organizational structures; technical design and development practices; business practices; forms of stakeholder engagement; social norms and behaviors; and/or critically understanding the limits of these regulations and their relation to social inequalities. This work will help improve understanding about the promise and limitations of GDPR and CCPA/CPRA, and help create new tools, guidance, or recommendations for policymakers, organizations, and the public.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will play a critical and active role in helping shape this research agenda, and will assist in establishing research foundations for an interdisciplinary program. The role is well suited for candidates interested in researching emerging issues in technology and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, making connections between technological developments and their implications on policy, politics, and society. Working on campus at UC Berkeley, the Postdoctoral Scholar will be exposed to a rich network of researchers and collaborators across disciplines such as information and data science, electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), law, public policy, sociology, economics, political science, science technology & society, and new media.

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is a premier research and collaboration hub dedicated to building secure digital futures. It was founded in 2015 to build bridges between academic research communities, corporations, government policy makers/regulators, and civil society, and to envision solutions that enable the potential of digital technologies to advance and protect institutions, societies, and individuals. The CLTC is based in UC Berkeley’s School of Information (I School), a graduate research and education community dedicated to advancing knowledge and practice everywhere humans interact with digital technologies. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching, the I School is committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. I School faculty conduct research in areas such as human-computer interaction (HCI), security and privacy, applied data science, and technology in developing regions. The school currently offers three professional master’s degrees and an academic doctoral degree.

Appointment Length
This is a full-time, two-year position. Anticipated start date is Summer 2021. It is made possible by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.

This position will remain open until filled.

Responsibilities
The Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with CLTC’s Faculty Director, Executive Director, staff researchers, and external collaborators to explore the effects and responses to the GDPR and CCPA/CPRA; conduct scholarly research to study these effects and responses; and put forward actionable proposals which follow from the analysis. Interested applicants should first review our call for papers for a 2021 workshop on the GDPR and CCPA (https://cltc.berkeley.edu/2020/10/28/call-for-proposals-gdpr-ccpa/) to better understand the research agenda and types of questions that most interest us.

The Postdoctoral scholar will have opportunities to propose and implement research projects that align with the Center’s programming.

  • Approximately 60% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be dedicated towards original research, including: authoring peer-reviewed publications; compiling literature reviews; conducting data collection and analysis; and writing research briefs and drafts of final reports.
  • Approximately 40% will be dedicated towards: helping to design and assisting in workshops focused on the research agenda; reviewing projects submitted to the Center; engagement with stakeholders outside the Center; and writing white papers and other written documents.

Particulars will be determined by mutual agreement. We value academic and intellectual entrepreneurs who wish to build and extend a research agenda in ambitious ways. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and the I School. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our post-doc positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Qualifications

Minimum Education Level: PhD or Equivalent

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (by start date)

  • A Ph.D. or international equivalent degree is required by the start date of the job.
  • No more than four years of post Ph.D. research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a relevant technical or social science discipline such as information science, computer science, public policy, sociology, political science, communications, or science, technology & society studies.
  • Experience conducting technical, social science, or policy research, particularly related to tech policy, social aspects of technology, or related fields.
  • Experience conducting empirical research with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods.
  • Skills to communicate complex and technical information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and written.
  • Organizational and communication skills necessary for effective project management
  • Strong writing skills, demonstrated through experience drafting and editing research papers
  • Working knowledge of privacy, cybersecurity, information security, or related fields
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm about emerging technologies and their implication on politics and society; a commitment to thinking creatively about a quickly developing problem space.
  • A desire to write both peer-reviewed and public facing research (white papers, op-eds, etc.)

Salary
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales.

Application Procedure
To apply go to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF02883
Please direct all questions for this position to cltc@berkeley.edu with the subject line: CLTC Post-Doctoral Scholar: Data Privacy: Public Policy and Practice.

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement for Postdoctoral Scholars. The current contract can be found here:
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/px/index.html. Additional information can be found on the website: http://uaw5810.org/welcome-new-postdocs/

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your up-to-date, full academic C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Cover letter explaining your interest in and experience with this research agenda. The group values contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields, and to outreach; these should be described in the cover letter.
  • Statement of Research – Research Proposal – 1-2 pages. This proposal is not necessarily a commitment of what you will work on in your project, but serves a way for the application committee to assess your ability to plan a research project. We understand that your research project may change and evolve as you begin collecting and analyzing data.
  • Writing sample – Samples of research papers or other similar work products preferred.
  • Graduate School Transcript
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021

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