Faculty Position in Computer Security and Privacy

The School of Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC|Chile), one of the leading engineering academic institutions in Latin America and ranked among the top four emerging leaders for engineering education worldwide, invites outstanding candidates for TWO FACULTY POSITIONS to form a new group in Computer Security and Privacy.

Admission to UC|Chile is highly competitive and we consistently admit the top students in the country. Particularly, among the computer science students, there is a growing interest in computer security and privacy, with multiple activities organized and led by students, such as talks, seminars, cybersecurity training workshops and tournaments. Also, the area of computer security has become a top priority for the public sector, as shown by several recent initiatives being promoted in the government, such as the National Cybersecurity Policy, the national Incident Response Team – CSIRT (https://www.ciberseguridad.gob.cl/) and the inter-ministerial committee to strengthen the National Cybersecurity Policy, among others.

Duties: High-quality teaching (at undergraduate and graduate levels) and conducting independent research. Additional duties include knowledge transfer, outreach, and university administrative tasks. The new position should conduct teaching, research, and technological innovation activities in Computer Security and Privacy, including but not limited to cybersecurity, cryptography, privacy, data and integrity protection, computer network security, information technology security, software and application security, blockchain and smart contracts, computer forensics, intrusion detection and malware mitigation, security services and processes, security in hardware, human and societal aspects of security and privacy, among others.

The selected candidate is expected to develop a strong externally funded research program, support doctoral programs, and teach three courses per year, at least two of these courses should belong to the Bachelor of Science in computer science program, and another course according to their expertise.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a Ph.D., preferably in Computer Science, and/or have demonstrable expertise in the fields. Due to the nature of our School, the applicant will have the opportunity and should be willing to work collaboratively with other Departments in the School of Engineering. Previous postdoctoral or international academic experience should be stated in the application.

Candidates do not need to be fluent in Spanish at the time of application but should be prepared to learn the language well enough to teach in this language in the short term (two years maximum). English is a requirement.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to all aspects of academic life and the public good of the institution. They must be highly motivated to continuously improve their teaching skills, have a genuine interest in getting involved with our graduate programs (specially the doctoral program), and be able to develop and maintain an active research agenda leading to high-quality publications, securing research grants, generating and participating in interdisciplinary projects, leading scientific and industry-liaison initiatives, strengthening and creating national and international academic networks, etc. The candidate will also be expected to create new undergraduate and graduate courses and teach traditional courses in related areas.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following documents to vacantes-academicas@ing.puc.cl (in the email subject line, please indicate: Faculty position in Computer Security and Privacy; see note A) by July 31st, 2024 (late applications will be considered until the position is filled).

  1. A research statement (in English) indicating the immediate and long-term goals of the applicant’s research plan and detailing potential collaboration networks with other researchers and plans for interactions with scientists in Chile and other countries.
  2. A teaching statement of purpose (in English) indicating why the applicant should be considered for the position and the plans for teaching. The applicant should be as specific as possible by providing examples of the plan to transfer knowledge to undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. An updated curriculum vitae (in English, see note B).
  4. If available, copies of five recent Web of Science publications that are relevant to the context of the application (see note C).
  5. At least, three letters of recommendation, which must be e-mailed directly by the signatories to vacantes-academicas@ing.puc.cl.
Note A:
The applicant will get an automatic response from this email address confirming that the documents have been received.
Note B:
The CV must be organized as follows:
i. Personal information: name, address, contact telephone number (with country and city codes), email address, web page (if any).
ii. Education: all academic and professional degrees, indicating the granting institutions and dates. If the applicant is currently enrolled in a doctoral program, please indicate the expected date for the degree.
iii. Educational experience (university or institution, courses taught and years).
iv. Professional experience (employer, duties, years).
v. Research:
a. List of Web of Science journal publications (see note C).
b. List of other publications such as reports, books or book chapters, conferences attended, research projects participated in, patents, etc.
vi. Other: awards, computer skills, languages, and any other relevant background information.
 Note C:
Please avoid padding the list with other publications, such as those published in journals not indexed in the Web of Science database, conference presentations and alike.

Once the complete set of application materials has been received, the applicant will be contacted within two months and informed whether the application has been accepted for further consideration. If this initial screening is successful, the candidate will be asked to continue the process following the steps described in Appendix 1.

Further information

Additional information can be obtained by emailing to vacantes-academicas@ing.puc.cl

EEO/AAP Policy Statement

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is committed to providing equal employment opportunities, fostering an inclusive, diverse and fraternal community, and promoting the academic development of women and men.

Other Chilean and University employment benefits may be found in:

All members of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile subscribe the Code of Ethics that can be found in https://www.uc.cl/codigodehonor

Appendix 1. Application steps

  • Interviews/Presentation (Lecturer):
  1. Interview with the Selection Committee
  2. Interview with faculty members of the Department of Computer Science
  3. Psychological Interview
  4. Seminar (open to faculty members of the School of Engineering)

These interviews and presentation are generally carried out within a week.

  • Selection of the final candidate by the Department and the Selection Committee
  • Approval the candidate by the School Council
  • The successful candidate is informed (offer letter)

The time that elapses from the interviews until the final resolution is around two months.

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