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.
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.
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.
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.