Post Doctoral Research Associate - Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)-2015801
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
- Job Number: 7073405
- Posting Date: Dec 21, 2020
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Carnegie Mellon University ranked among the top programs in the United States, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are an extremely collaborative department with ties to several multidisciplinary institutes and centers. We collaborate with colleagues around the world through a number of research and educational programs. We have world-class experimental and computing infrastructure, including state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities.
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate position on the topic of Enhancing Cybersecurity for Financial Inclusion in Africa. The postdoctoral fellow will be advised by Profs. Giulia Fanti (ECE) and Conrad Tucker (Mechanical Engineering) and will closely collaborate with Profs. Assane Gueye and Edwin Kairu, both based in CMU Africa.
This international research effort has two components. The first component will involve exploratory work on understanding the state of cybersecurity today in Africa, and its effects on financial inclusion. This will involve a combination of user studies, surveys, and outreach to partners. The second component will include crafting technologies to improve cybersecurity in low-resource environments. This will require both algorithmic design and evaluation in pilot studies.
Core responsibilities will include:
Conduct and lead research projects, as well as forge productive collaborations and partnerships with stakeholders in the region.
Leverage recent developments in machine learning, social computing, and/or usable security to develop tools and algorithms that will lead to the design, implementation, and operation of novel security tools and procedures that can improve financial security and inclusion in Africa.
This is an opportunity to work on a challenging scientific problem in a highly interdisciplinary and vibrant environment. The postdoc will be affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University and will work collaboratively with a team of researchers from both Africa and the US.
Candidates must hold (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in Security, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Machine Learning, or a related field.
PhD holders with a strong publication record, a background in societal computing, usable security, and/or applied machine learning for social good are encouraged to apply.
Experience in ICT4D is a plus.
CMU is committed to the professional development of its members, making this position a valuable preparation for those interested in academic, industrial, or entrepreneurial careers. The position has no required teaching or administrative duties, although successful candidates will be encouraged to co-teach with faculty at CMU.
The ideal start date is May 2021 or earlier. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The position is initially for 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Compensation will be commensurate with proven experience.
Candidates should send a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, expected date of availability, and the contact information for three references to email@example.com. Application review will proceed until the position is filled.
Note: This position will be located in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, with some travel to Kigali Rwanda. Applicants must be willing engage in travel (COVID permitting).