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Arizona State University
Mesa, Arizona
Posted Date
Jul 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
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Job# 94560

Arizona State University

The Polytechnic School


Hiring Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Arizona State University in human factors (cybersecurity & decision making)


Job Summary: 

Arizona State University (ASU)'s human systems engineering program is seeking a postdoctoral research scholar to conduct a US Department of Defense-funded research project exploring the use of human factors to improve cyber defense and study both offense and defensive operations.




The research program is cross-disciplinary, and the applicant will work with human factors experts and cybersecurity experts, analysts, and the sponsors directly. No specific cybersecurity experience is required. This is an opportunity to join a team that is conducting cutting-edge research in a rapidly growing field of importance (cybersecurity) at the nation's most innovative university. For more examples of this work, see the following link:




The position starts in June 2022. Funding at the full ASU post-doc rate is available for up to 1.5 years starting in June, upon an annual review of satisfying performance and ending in December 2023. There is potential for contract renewal and continuation with the sponsor at that time.





Essential Duties:

  1. The postdoctoral research scholar will oversee graduate students working on the project, participate in meetings both internal and external, aid in experimental designs, empirical data collection, data analysis and interpretation, report and publication writing, and presentations to the sponsor and scientific community. The postdoc will also have individualized control over proposing new topics, writing papers, leading experiments and data collection, and representing research work as a post-doctoral scholar with minimal or no oversight as part of their work at ASU.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. degree in human factors, experimental psychology, cognitive science or related field. Interest in cybersecurity research. (experience not required) Familiarity with human subjects data collection  


Desired Qualifications:

US Citizenship highly preferred. Non-citizens may face additional time before being accepted onto the project and starting work and will go through additional security review. Strong written and oral communication skills represented by prior scientific publications Ability to work well in a team and to operate independently Background in statistical analysis and experimental design


Application Instructions:


Send (1) a cover letter, (2) full CV, (3) two examples of professional writing (published work, dissertations), and the names and contact emails of two references (or reference letters) to Write "OHF Postdoctoral Research Scholar" in the subject line of your email.




Applications received by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time on August 1, 2022 will receive full consideration during the first review



The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.”  The Fulton Schools of Engineering are dedicated to continuous innovation, student success, faculty excellence, and cultivation of an environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and promotes belonging.  The diversity statement provides applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their past and current activities in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and how future activities will align with upholding the ASU Charter.  


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
A background check is required for employment.


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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