University of Central Florida, Mathematics

Position ID: UCF-CAP [#12925]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor, Cyber Security & Privacy
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Orlando, Florida 32816, United States [map]
Subject Area: Cryptography
Application Deadline: (posted 2018/10/22, listed until 2019/04/22)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Mathematics at UCF welcomes candidates from the mathematics community to join this interdisciplinary research cluster. In particular, we encourage mathematicians having research interests in cryptography and security, with particular interest in cryptography in practice, cryptanalysis, data analysis in cybersecurity, privacy, computational number theory, and coding theory, to apply. Our department values interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavors. Recent examples of interdisciplinary opportunities at UCF involving Mathematics include interdepartmental joint appointments (between Mathematics and Institute of Simulation and Training) and UCF faculty cluster and strategic hiring (e.g., Big Data and more recently in Deep Learning). Our faculty have active research collaborations within the College of Sciences and with the College of Optics and Photonics, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Center for Research in Computer Vision, the College of Education and Human Performance, and the Nanoscience and Technology Center. This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2019.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in cyber security and privacy and be on an upward leadership trajectory in these areas. They will have research impact, as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a well-funded research program. We are looking for a team player who can help bring together current campus efforts in cyber security or privacy. In particular, we are looking for someone who will work at the intersection of several areas, such as: a) hardware and IoT security; b) explaining and predicting human behavior, creating policies, studying ethics, and ensuring privacy; c) cryptography and theory of security or privacy; or d) tools, methods, training, and evaluation of human behavior. With this in mind, we anticipate the selected candidate will be tenure-earning or tenured in one of, but not limited to, the following colleges: Community Innovation & Education, Sciences, Business Administration, or Arts & Humanities, or the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training.

Interested applicants should follow the following instructions when apply: (i) submit three letters of recommendation via, (ii) fill the online application form ( and submit all supporting documents (except the letters of recommendation) at (note: please indicate in your cover letter that mathematics is your choice for the home department).

UCF is one of the nation’s largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 66,000 students and has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando. UCF is an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. UCF’s Orlando location also puts it at the center of the Florida 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 conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies, UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training and UCF’s new School of Modeling, Simulation and Training. The Central Florida area is designated by the State of Florida as the Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. UCF also has an accredited medical school which was established in 2006 and is a neighbor to large corporations such as Disney, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Siemens and many others, all of which have a strong interest in cyber security and privacy. 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. We encourage you to learn more about one of UCF’s newest endeavors, the exciting Faculty Cluster Initiative, at

Position Minimum Qualifications A Ph.D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution at the time of appointment in an area appropriate to the cluster. The selected candidate must also have a record of high impact research related to cyber security and privacy demonstrated by a strong scholarly and/or funding record.

In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research and service commensurate with rank.

Preferences A history of working with teams, especially teams that span multiple disciplines.

Special Conditions Equal Employment Opportunity Employer As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

Additional Application Materials Required UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community. Please tell us about your approach and experience with meeting the needs of a diverse community both in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague (see required documents below).

The university requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted through the UCF Online Recruitment System at No paper applications or emailed materials can be considered. In addition to the online application, candidates must provide the following materials:

*The above-mentioned diversity statement, *A cover letter, *A curriculum vitae, *A teaching statement, *A research statement, and *Contact information for three professional references (with email addresses and telephone numbers).

In the cover letter candidates must address their background in cyber security and privacy and identify the department or departments for their potential tenure home, as well as any joint appointments they would desire.

NOTE: Please have all application 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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this search can be directed to the cluster lead and search committee chair, Dr. Yan Solihin, at

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Mathematics
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816-1364

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