Job Announcement / October 2023

Job Opening: Project Scientist

 Job Description

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.

CLTC is searching for a Project Scientist to conduct research focusing on the governance aspects of Internet infrastructure, including the following areas: the potential instability of the Internet during international conflict; concentration, monopoly, and antitrust concerns in Internet infrastructure; Internet fragmentation as the result of national and international competition and cooperation; the behavior of state and cooperate actors in international and standards bodies; design approaches for novel internet infrastructures; and the potential relationship between these areas.

Using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, the conducted research is expected to contribute to academic fields related to cybersecurity and generate policy-relevant insights for practitioners and policymakers nationally and internationally.

In addition, the position will contribute to CLTC’s mission of research and engagement by mentoring student researchers, producing translational work such as white papers, blog posts, and op-eds, and organizing research-related events such as seminars and workshops. Occasional travel may be required. This position could be Assistant, Associate, or Full rank depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

The Project Scientist will play a critical and active role in shaping a research agenda in this domain, and will be responsible for laying the foundations for an on-going program of investigation. This position will work closely with CLTC’s executive director and senior philanthropy officer to raise funding to support this research agenda. The role is well suited for candidates interested in researching emerging issues in technology and the digital economy and society through an interdisciplinary lens, making connections between technical developments and their implications on policy, politics, and society. Working on campus at UC Berkeley, the Project Scientist 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 Project Scientist will work closely with CLTC’s Faculty Director, Executive Director, staff researchers, affiliated Berkeley faculty, and external collaborators to conduct scholarly research and put forward solutions and recommendations which follow from the analysis.

 Required Qualifications

  • Candidate must have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) in a relevant technical or social science discipline such as information and data science, computer science, International relations, law, public policy, political science or economics.
  • Experience conducting technical, social science, or design research related to internet fragmentation, centralization, antitrust, international governance, novel internet architectures, or related fields.
  • Significant record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field
  • Experience conducting empirical research with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods.
  • Ability to work independently with a high level of scientific judgment
  • Organizational and communication skills necessary for effective project management
  • Demonstrated success in raising funding to support research
  • A desire to write both peer-reviewed and public facing research (white papers, op-eds, etc.)
  • Experience teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers

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Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

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