Associate or Full Professor of Cybersecurity and Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Fellow
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 54771
Department: College of Engineering and Computing
Associate/Full Professor of Cybersecurity and Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Fellow
The George Mason University and Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), invites applications for an Associate/Full Professor of Cybersecurity and Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Fellow position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative:
The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), funded by the Virginia General Assembly, created a Commonwealth-wide ecosystem of innovation in cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems (CPS) security. CCI will ensure Virginia is recognized as a global leader in secure CPS and in the digital economy more broadly for decades to come by supporting world-class research at the intersection of data, autonomy, and security; promoting technology commercialization and entrepreneurship; and preparing future generations of innovators and research leaders. George Mason University serves as the leading strategic planning and operational institution for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative's Northern Virginia (NoVa) Node.
About the Position:
The incumbent will conduct research at George Mason University and as part of the Northern Virginia Node of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, and in partnership with researchers from the Coastal Node of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and Old Dominion University. Successful candidates will have access to the faculty and facilities of both George Mason University and Old Dominion University to enable their success.
The goal of the Initiative is to foster research, education and outreach on cybersecurity, particularly on CCI NoVa Node focus areas related to cybersecurity in national defense, transportation, electric/power distribution, connected communities, manufacturing and supply-chain sectors and the impact of human behavior on cyber security systems. The interdisciplinary initiative currently includes faculty from a range of disciplines including computer science, engineering, psychology, business, law, public policy and information technology. Details about the initiative are available at CCI. We are especially interested in faculty able to conduct research and teach in an interdisciplinary environment and who hold a security clearance. The incumbent will be expected to be fully involved in this initiative and work collaboratively with their counterparts at Old Dominion University.
Serve as the director of the interdisciplinary research effort between George Mason University, Old Dominion University and the Northern Virginia and Coastal Nodes of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative;
Leverage university-level strategic priorities in cybersecurity research to lead transformative growth and impact the research portfolio, and to further encourage and foster new and existing collaborations with academic, industrial, and governmental institutions in Northern Virginia, Coastal Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area; and
Accelerate the growth of high-quality academic programs, facilitate interdisciplinary research initiatives, and broaden the scope and focus areas of research in Mason with significant potential for commercialization.
Doctorate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Systems Engineering, or a related field;
Be eligible for a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor;
Have an outstanding cybersecurity research and publication record;
Have a commitment to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate education;
Have significant leadership experience, including fostering interdisciplinary research/education and mentoring more junior colleagues; and
Must be a US citizen able to obtain a US government security clearance.
Current US government security clearance.
About Mason Cybersecurity:
Cybersecurity has been a focus of Mason for many years, originally for information systems and more recently also for cyber-physical systems. Highlights include the first-in-the-nation BS in Cybersecurity Engineering with 591 majors in fall 2021; a new Department of Cybersecurity Engineering and an MS in Cybersecurity Engineering; selection by NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research; a $40 million award to Mason by the Department of Homeland Security to lead the Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis; more than 50 faculty engaged in cybersecurity research and education; a facility in which classified research focused on cybersecurity and other critical challenges is performed for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and other US Government agencies; cybersecurity research valued at more than $30M from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies; and more than 4,000 students engaged in educational programs across the Volgenau School that teach aspects of cybersecurity. Mason cybersecurity is thriving with strong ties to many companies in the Northern Virginia technology corridor.
Major New Investments in Cybersecurity and Computing:
Concurrent with Amazon's commitment to build a new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, Mason launched four exciting new initiatives now underway: (1) the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA), which fosters research especially in computer science, data analytics, cybersecurity, and multidisciplinary computing that leverage the full spectrum of faculty and student talent across Mason; (2) the expansion of the Mason Square Campus in Arlington with a planned 350,000 square foot building called Fuse that will support research and graduate education in close partnership with Northern Virginia's vibrant technology community; (3) Mason's new School of Computing – the first such school in Virginia, and (4) Virginia's Commonwealth Cyber Initiative which supports research in the security of 5G/NextG, autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, and other leading-edge technologies. Cybersecurity is a central facet of all these initiatives, which together reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in cybersecurity.
A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor
The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 9,100 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 271 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 91 are tenured, 59 are tenure-track, 89 are instructional faculty, and 32 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $75 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.
George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.
In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Mason Square Campus in Arlington with a planned 350,000 square foot building known as Fuse that will house the new Institute for Digital InnovAtion, the newly formed School of Computing and industry partners who will collocate with Mason faculty and students to amplify their impact on digital innovation. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate the university's already leading national position in computing and related areas.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
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Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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