[SIGCIS-Members] Postdoctoral opportunity in STS and cybersecurity

Rebecca Slayton rs849 at cornell.edu
Wed Sep 2 14:01:20 PDT 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce a postdoctoral opening at Cornell, focused on STS approaches to cybersecurity. The full description is below. Please distribute widely, and feel free to direct any questions to me. Thank you!


Rebecca Slayton
Associate Professor, Department of Science & Technology Studies
Director, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853

Postdoctoral Research Position in Cybersecurity and STS at Cornell University
The Department of Science & Technology Studies (STS), jointly with the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, invite applications for a postdoctoral research position focused on STS approaches to cybersecurity. Anticipated start date is in July 2021, for a one-year appointment with possibility of renewal contingent on performance and funding availability.
This position is funded by National Science Foundation grant 1553069, “Enacting Cybersecurity Expertise,” and is supervised by Principal Investigator Rebecca Slayton. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to pursue research that contributes to achieving project goals, but will have considerable latitude in defining specific areas of empirical focus. Responsibilities will include developing and refining research questions, identifying appropriate research sites, establishing relationships with informants, conducting interviews and observational research, gathering documentary evidence, analyzing results, publishing research in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting findings at professional conferences. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to demonstrate leadership and independence, while also working collaboratively with the principal investigator.
Required qualifications: Applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as science & technology studies, anthropology, sociology, history, or information science, between August 2017 and June 2021. Competitive candidates will have successful record of empirical social scientific research in a topic relevant to critical infrastructure and/or information security, including publications and presentations and professional conferences.
Application process: The following application materials should be submitted to Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16775:

  *   A cover letter articulating your proposed research focus and plan, its relation to the NSF project, and relevant qualifications;
  *   A curriculum vita;
  *   A brief (less than 10,000 words) writing sample;
  *   Names and contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.
Due to pandemic restrictions, visa sponsorship is not available for this position.  Until pandemic restrictions are lifted, work must be done remotely, so relocation to the Ithaca area is not required.
Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and members of under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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