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 new ways to define, measure, and mitigate globally and culturally contextualized harms of digital products. The objective is to extend economic, cultural, and other conceptual understandings of how societies deal with physical waste streams (such as carbon) and other externalities, to the digital environment as a means of developing practical solutions that mitigate harms. The Postdoctoral Scholar will play a critical and active role in helping to shape this research agenda, and will assist in laying the research foundations for an interdisciplinary program.
The role is well suited for candidates interested in researching emerging issues in technology and the digital economy through an interdisciplinary lens, making connections between technical 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 across disciplines such as information and data science, electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), law, public policy, economics, and political science.
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, one-year position with option of a second year extension based on demonstrated performance. Anticipated start date is Summer 2021.
This position will remain open until filled.
Postdoctoral Scholars will work closely with CLTC’s Faculty Director, Executive Director, staff researchers, and external collaborators to explore the concept of digital externalities; develop and test hypotheses that emerge from that exploration; and put forward actionable proposals which follow from the analysis. All interested applicants should first review “Digital Global Warming” by Sekhar Sarukkai and Sundar Sarukkai to better understand the research agenda and the 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, including authoring peer reviewed publications, white papers, and other written documents; designing and leading workshops focused on the research agenda; and reviewing projects submitted to the Center. They will also be responsible for compiling literature reviews; conducting data collection and analysis; transcribing interviews and handling additional raw data as necessary; and writing research briefs and drafts of final reports. We value academic and intellectual entrepreneurs who wish to build and extend a research agenda in ambitious ways.