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Job no: 499916
Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Graduate Studies
Classification Title: Research Assistant Professor, Big Data Analytics/Cybersecurity
Department: College of Graduate Studies, School of Modeling, Simulation and Training
Type of Appointment: Research
Advertised Annual Salary: Negotiable

Job Description:
The School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is looking for an exceptional research faculty member with a concentration in big data analytics and cybersecurity. We are interested in hiring a candidate in big data analytics with an established record of high-impact research and publications. We offer a competitive salary and start up package with generous benefits. Although this position will have a research focus, the candidate will also teach courses in SMST’s Modeling and Simulation (M&S) of Behavioral Cybersecurity graduate certificate program.

UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) is an internationally recognized research institute within SMST that focuses on advancing human-centered modeling and simulation technology and increasing our understanding of simulation's role in training and education. The IST has strong areas of research in behavioral cybersecurity, virtual environments, terrain databases, computer generated forces, training, education, team training and education, complex adaptive systems, cyber workforce development, medical simulation, additive manufacturing, robotics, and autonomous systems. Co-located with Department of Defense (DoD) simulation acquisition agencies, the National Center for Simulation, and Team Orlando, IST is the premier academic research center at the epicenter of modeling, simulation, and training.

UCF currently enrolls approximately 70,000 students and is the nation's second largest university. Located in Orlando, UCF is at the center of the I-4 High Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a world-renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that hosts more than 100 high technology companies and the Institute for Simulation and Training. The Central Florida area is designated by the state of Florida as the Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. UCF is home to the multiple award-winning Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) team, Hack@UCF. UCF is also designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research (CAE-CDE and CAE-R) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world's best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location.

Minimum Qualifications:
An earned doctorate in computer science, computer engineering, Big Data, machine learning, or a closely-related field from an accredited institution, with a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service. Knowledge of current practices in cyber systems, simulations and training are required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Research focus area is open, but preference will be given to cyber-oriented analysts or computer scientists whose research complements existing departmental strengths in cybersecurity. Persons with expertise in computer simulations that involve analytics are desired. Experimental research design experience and cyber security certifications (e.g., CISSP, CEH, OSCP) are a plus but not required. Required and desired knowledge and experience can be demonstrated through recent publications, positions held, teaching experience, etc.

Preference will be given to applicants who have previously served as analysts with experiences with cybersecurity incidents.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
U.S. citizenship and the ability to attain security clearance is desired due to the nature of research performed.

This is a full-time, non-tenure track, 12-month position supported by contracts and grants funding (C&G) and is contingent upon available funding.

Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates must upload the following documents:

1. A cover letter;
2. A recent CV documenting the applicant’s education, experience, publications and/or papers in progress, technical skills, and recognition;
3. A list of names, affiliations, and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) of at least three professional references.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Nayade Ramirez, HR Generalist, at

Feb. 05, 2021