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Humanist Archives: Sept. 11, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Humanist 33.241 - postdoc (Cornell)

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        Date: 2019-09-11 06:29:16+00:00
        From: Rebecca Slayton 
        Subject: Postdoctoral opportunity at Cornell

Postdoctoral Research Position in Cybersecurity Expertise
Cornell University

The Department of Science & Technology Studies, jointly with the Judith
Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, invite applications for
a postdoctoral research position focused on cybersecurity expertise,
broadly construed. Anticipated start date is in August 2020, 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. Potential focal areas could include, but are not
limited to, the following examples:

- How policymakers and regulators in electric or nuclear power sector
attempt to acquire, maintain, or perform the expertise needed to design
and enforce cybersecurity requirements;

- The history of efforts to professionalize critical infrastructure
cybersecurity expertise, whether nationally or transnationally;

- The development and influence of transnational communities of experts,
such as network operator or cybersecurity incident response networks;

- Ethnographic studies of how specific critical infrastructure
organizations attempt to bridge the divide between operational
technology and information security.

This list is only intended to be suggestive; many other possibilities exist.

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 to achieve research objectives.

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
August 2020. 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

- A cover letter articulating what you find interesting about the
project, potential research foci, 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.

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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