Professor of Cybersecurity

Position Information

Position Information

Department Volgenau School of Engineering
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Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Professor of Cybersecurity
Working Title Professor of Cybersecurity
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F217AZ
Recruit Number Faculty - 7233
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Professor of Cybersecurity

The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering invites applications for the position of Professor of Cybersecurity. The school is seeking a highly accomplished leader who has a vision to take to the next level what is already one of the strongest research and educational programs in cybersecurity in the nation. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About Mason Cybersecurity:
Cybersecurity has been a focus of Mason for a number of years, originally for information systems and more recently also for cyber-physical systems. Some of the highlights include the first-in-the-nation Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering with almost 300 majors in Fall 2017; selection by NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research; a recent $40 million award to Mason by the Department of Homeland Security for a Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis; more than 50 faculty engaged in cybersecurity research and education; more than $15M in cybersecurity sponsored research awarded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies; and more than 2,000 students engaged in more than a dozen educational programs across the Volgenau School that teach cybersecurity. Mason cybersecurity is thriving with strong ties to many companies in the Northern Virginia technology corridor. Mason was recently ranked nationally as the #8 “Top Cyber Security Schools” by

The Professor of Cybersecurity will be expected to leverage university-level strategic priorities in cybersecurity research to lead transformative growth and impact of the research portfolio, and to further encourage and foster new and existing collaborations with academic, industrial, and governmental institutions in the greater Washington, D.C., area. The incumbent will be expected to be a leader to accelerate the growth of high-quality academic programs, facilitate interdisciplinary research initiatives, and broaden the scope and focus areas of research in Mason with significant potential for commercialization.

Required Qualifications:
Candidates must have earned a doctorate in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, systems engineering, or a related field; and be eligible for a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. The successful candidate should have an outstanding cybersecurity research and publication record, as well as a commitment to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate education. The incumbent should have significant leadership experience, including fostering interdisciplinary research/education and mentoring more junior colleagues. Must be a US citizen and be able to obtain a US security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:
Holding a current US government security clearance is preferred.

About Us: The Future of Engineering Is Here
The Volgenau School of Engineering is a fast-growing force for innovation in technology and education. The school enrolls approximately 7,300 students in 35 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-of-their-kind offerings. As part of a nationally ranked research university, the school’s faculty conducted more than $22 million in sponsored research in the last year. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its focus on emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, robotics, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

About Mason:
Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of approximately 36,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education, and was ranked number one in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report “Up-and-Coming” list of national universities. Mason stands at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories.

The D.C. metro area is home to a number of companies for which cybersecurity is central to their business. The northern Virginia business community includes a large number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to its 677-acre main campus in Fairfax, Mason has campuses in Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia, as well as an international campus in Songdo, Korea. Reflective of the university’s strong commitment to cybersecurity research is the recent $40 million award to Mason by the Department of Homeland Security for the Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis. Cybersecurity is a central theme of that Center.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration applicants must complete the online application at for position number F217AZ; and upload a cover letter, a complete C.V. with publications, a teaching statement, a research statement, and the names of three professional references with contact information. The review of applications will begin January 4, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: January 4, 2017
Posting Date 12/06/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Philosophy of Teaching
  3. CV
  4. List of Professional References
  5. Research Statement
Optional Documents