Job Listing / April 2024

Job Opening: Research Director

Job #JPF04334

  • School of Information / School of Information / UC Berkeley


Position title: Research Director

Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: A reasonable estimate for this position is $109,600 to $185,200 full time annual rate.

Percent time: 100%.

Anticipated start: July 2024

Position duration: Two year, with possibility of an extension depending on performance and availability of funding.


Open date: March 22, 2024

Next review date: Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.


The School of Information at UC Berkeley and its Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity welcomes applications for a 2 year, full‐time, Research Director at the Associate or Full Research Scientist level, with an expected start date of Summer or Fall 2024 in the area of Cybersecurity. This Research Director will oversee the research agenda for, help further build, and be an ambassador for the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), and will conduct research on issues connected to the policy, business, economics, governance or usability of cybersecurity.

The Research Director will pursue their own research program and will set the intellectual agenda and future direction of CLTC. The Research Director will also supervise the academic personnel within the existing programs (including but not limited to AI and Security, Structural Internet Vulnerability, and Public Interest and Cybersecurity). This role includes mentoring of postdoctoral scholars, setting direction for partnering with outside collaborators, and pursuing extramural funding. The Research Director will represent and promote CLTC research externally, including outreach to external organizations and funders, the research and practice community at large, which will require occasional domestic travel. The Research Director will work in partnership with an Executive Director and a small administrative staff who are responsible for day-to-day operations.

The role includes acting as the Principal Investigator for a robust research program that must include scholarship on topics in one or more of: cybersecurity capacity-building and resilience, security and privacy needs of at-risk populations. Additional areas of research can include but are not limited to cybersecurity and privacy including practices and technologies for preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording, or destruction of information, as well as applications to areas ranging from local government and community organizations to finance, healthcare and cyber-physical systems.

The position will include research collaboration with other Berkeley research centers and external partners; with CLTC faculty and research affiliates; and participation in the intellectual community at the School of Information, on the Berkeley campus and beyond.

This position is a year-round, senior research position. While engaging with graduate and undergraduate students is an important aspect of this role, it does not have teaching responsibilities.

About CLTC: 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. CLTC built and launched the world’s first public-interest cybersecurity clinic.

This is a hybrid role with 3 days/week on campus, and job duties may include occasional evening events.

Labor Contract


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

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

Preferred qualifications

  • Preferred qualifications (by start date) include a PhD in a relevant social science, technical, or interdisciplinary field such as Information, Information Science, Economics, Political Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Law or Sociology.
  • Significant record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field
  • Ability to conceive and coordinate ambitious research programs with a high level of scientific judgment
  • A demonstrated record of leadership in an academic or other setting,
  • Experience supervising post-doctoral scholars, staff researchers, graduate and undergraduate student researchers
  • Organizational and communication skills necessary for leading the intellectual direction of a research center and interfacing externally in settings such as conferences, workshops, and public-facing venues
  • Demonstrated experience promoting a collaborative and collegial environment in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Demonstrated success in raising funding to support research
  • Industry, public sector, or non-profit experience in a cybersecurity role
  • Candidates must demonstrate an active, productive research agenda related to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Candidates must be capable of and comfortable with promoting research to a wide range of audiences.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements

  • 5 required (contact information only)

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UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


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