Assistant Professor of Practice, Cyber Operations - Penetration Testing

Tucson, AZ
Mar 01, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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College of Applied Sci & Tech

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Sierra Vista


Sierra Vista, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona’s College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) is a National Security Agency (NSA) designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and an Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) designated Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE). CAST is seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice who will teach highly-technical, hands-on undergraduate courses within our Cyber Operations program. The candidate will teach courses in the areas of Penetration Testing, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Social Engineering (SE).

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintaina workload typical for Career Track faculty at CAST defined as 80% related toteaching and 20% related to service
  • Teach undergraduate courses using a variety of formats including online, andinteractive video/TV platforms
  • Teaching responsibilities include traditional course delivery, seminars,independent studies, as well as creation and revision of course content
  • Contribute to the service responsibilities of CAST and the University ofArizona in part through participation on committees and student mentoring,including those from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Contribute to CAST and University of Arizona’s development through appropriateoutreach to local communities (including governmental units, businesses,nonprofits organizations, and community residents)
  • Assist in the development of innovative approaches to enhancing studentengagements, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with communityand business partners

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Cyber Operations, Cybersecurity, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field
  • Specific and demonstrable experience in the following areas:
oFundamental Security Principles and Vulnerabilities

oNetworking Protocols

oOpen Source Intelligence (OSINT)

oPenetration Testing and security experience to include:

1. Offensive Cyber Operations Authorities & Approvals

2. Event Scoping & Rules of Engagement (ROE) Development

3. Cyber Kill Chain and the MITRE ATT&CK Framework

4. Cyber Reconnaissance/OSINT

5. Network and Vulnerability Scanning

6. Exploitation

7. Post Exploitation Activities

8. Web and Database Attacks

9. Password Structures and Password Cracking/Guessing

oSocial Engineering (SE):

1. Phishing/Spear Phishing.

2. Vishing

3. SMSing

4. Pretexting

5. Engagement planning & ROE Development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D./D.Sc. in Cyber Operations, Cybersecurity, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or Computer Science
  • Demonstrated prior online teaching experience
  • Offensive Cyber Operations (OCO) experience
  • Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) experience

Rank :

Assistant Professor

Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Jason Denno
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

  • In addition to your CV and cover letter, please submit a document describing your teaching philosophy and a document describing your cyber research interests

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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