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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted 05/13/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number req5098
Department Computer Science
Department Website Link https://www.cs.arizona.edu/
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights This purpose of this postdoctoral position is to run the project "LIGERLabs: Educational Modules for (Anti-)Reverse Engineering" that was recently funded by NSF under the SaTC/EDU program.

This work builds lectures, tools, and exercises to improve students' abilities in Reverse Engineering and Anti-Reverse Engineering. The goal is threefold: to give students the mental tools necessary to understand the low-level nature of many of the security issues seen today, to increase student proficiency in dissecting and analyzing different forms of executable code, and to ensure students are familiar with techniques for protecting against such attacks.

This is a year to year appointment up to 2 years, with the 2nd year contingent upon funding and performance.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities The successful candidate will lead this project, direct undergraduate students, and build open source pedagogical artifacts such as recorded video lectures and animations, virtual machines with pre-installed attack and defense tools, pen-and-pencil homework exercises, in-class collaborative exercises, take home programming assignments, and generators and auto-graders of reverse engineering exercises. They will also conduct studies of students of different backgrounds in order to build up a schedule of exercises of appropriate complexity.
The work will make use of previous tools built by our group, in particular Tigress (https://tigress.wtf), RevEngE
(http://revenge.cs.arizona.edu), and SandMark (http://sandmark.cs.arizona.edu).
The ideal candidate has a passion for teaching at the college level, a background in computer security (in particular reverse engineering), and is a seeking a position that will serve as a springboard for a future pedagogical career in computer security. There will be ample opportunities for pedagogical research and publication and, for the candidate who so desires, gaining teaching experience.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must have a PhD in Computer Science or in a related field upon hire
  • Experience with low-level programming (C/C++, assembly, machine code, etc.)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Research experience in computer security or reverse engineering or program analysis.
  • College-level teaching experience.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay $65,000
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 7/1/2021
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Christian Collberg
Open Date 5/12/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document
Special Instructions to Applicant Please attach with your application the following documents:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Please upload your reference contact list under the “Additional Document” slot within your application.
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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