Postgraduate Research Associate

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

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Position Title::

Postgraduate Research Associate

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Full-time or Part-time::

Full Time


Mathematics & Computer Science

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EHRA (Non-Faculty)

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Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Commensurate with Education and Experience

Maximum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Overall Position Competency::

Flat Rate

Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Parallel Linear Feedback Shift Registers Based Encryption on Commodity Systems is an Excellence in Research Initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. It is housed in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Fayetteville State University. The research initiative is aimed at the development of stream ciphers for applications in mobile communications and image encryption. The research project spans many aspects of stream ciphers, particularly Linear Feedback Shift Registers-based stream ciphers and their relationships to binary primitive polynomials and matrix operations. Other aspects of the project include development of comprehensive software libraries written in any of two prominent computer-programming languages; comparative complexity and security analysis of algorithms that are stream-based; application of Graphics Processing Unit clusters for cryptanalysis of algorithms based on Compute Unified Device Architecture programming.

Description of Work Continued::

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The primary purpose of the postgraduate research associate position is to research the development of stream-based encryption algorithms for application in mobile communications and image storage. The research associate will work with the project director to implement all project activities to fulfill project goals and objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.Review existing literature relating to cryptographic protocols involving stream ciphers, particularly those based on linear feedback shift registers.
2.Research the relationships between primitive polynomials and linear feedback shift registers and the algebra associated with them.
3.Develop and analyze higher orders linear feedback shift registers-based ciphers.
4.Develop and analyze software systems for linear feedback shift registers using different programming languages and parallel computing platforms.
5.Write research manuscripts or a thesis representing research results, including algorithms and software systems.
6.Present research at professional organizations.
7.Supervises undergraduate students in research.
8.Assist the Director in teaching research-based courses in Computer Science.
9.Write research proposals to generate further funding for the project.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements::

The postgraduate research associate is expected to have completed a master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or other computational science related fields. Only applicants whose degrees were received within the past 5 years will be considered. Doctoral candidates who have already completed all coursework except dissertation (ABD) and have at most one year to graduation may also be accepted.

Knowledge skills and abilities::

Applicants are expected to have demonstrable knowledge of distributed and parallel computing, object-oriented programming in Python, C++ or Java. A knowledge of linear algebra, number theory, or cryptography is an advantage. The selection criteria will include quality and relevant academic credentials, good communication skills and the candidate’s performance in both written and oral virtual interviews.

Special Instructions to Applicants::

Please apply by March 15, 2021 for priority consideration.

Open Until Filled::


Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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