Assistant Professor of Practice, Cyber Operations - Security Programing

Tucson, AZ
Mar 03, 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 who will teach undergraduate courses within our Cyber Operations program. The candidate will teach courses in the areas of C & Assembly programming and Software-based Security Analysis. The candidate should have one or more of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Security-related scripting/programming and analysis
  • C/C++/C# cross-platform software development
  • Source and binary code testing and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience using one of the following IDEs: Wing IDE, Sublime IDE, or Visual Studio IDE
  • Demonstrated experience using one or more of the following: IDA Pro, OllyDBG, WinDBG, GCC, GDB

CAST is seeking candidates who can demonstrate outstanding teaching and course development consistent with the college's purpose, vision, and values. The Assistant Professor of Practice, Cyber Operations will contribute to building a strong team of culturally diverse faculty and staff who are committed to preparing traditional, post-traditional, and transfer students for success in a 21st-century workforce.

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:

  • Maintain a career track faculty work load defined as 60% related to teaching, 20% related to research, and 20% related to service
  • Teach undergraduate courses using a variety of formats including online, and interactive video/TV platforms
  • Teaching responsibilities include traditional course delivery, seminars, independent studies, as well as creation and revision of course content
  • Research responsibilities include research proposal development, review, and submission support; leading and/or assisting in Offensive Cyber Operations-related research; conducting presentations; supporting speaking engagements; and publishing (as appropriate)
  • Contribute to the service responsibilities of CAST and the University of Arizona in part through participation on committees and student mentoring, including those from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Contribute to CAST and University of Arizona’s development through appropriate outreach to local communities (including governmental units, businesses, nonprofits organizations, and community residents)
  • Assist in the development of innovative approaches to enhancing student engagements, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners

Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in in Cyber Operations, Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related field, plus:
oCompletion of 18 graduate credit hours in a relevant discipline; OR

oSignificant demonstrable technical experience (15 or more years of experience in the design, development, assessment, and/or reverse engineering of safety critical or security-related software and/or malware); OR

oSignificant publications reflective of technical expertise in the field of Cyber Security/Operations; OR

oCurrent Cyber Security/Operations doctoral student with departmental recommendation; OR

oAn equivalent combination of bachelor’s degrees, graduate-level education, technical experience, teaching experience, significant publications, and/or practical experience that will bring value to the students’ learning experience

    Demonstrated Python and security-related course development and online teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D./D.Sc. in Cyber Operations, Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related field
  • Previous online teaching experience
  • Demonstrated experience with IETF related security standards
  • Demonstrated Python/C and security-related course development experience
  • Demonstrated successful cybersecurity-based research experience with the U.S. Government, including but not limited to AFRL, DARPA, DIA, NSA, ARL, NRL and NIJ
  • Demonstrated experience designing and developing Cloud based security solutions on AWS, Azure and/or Google platforms
  • Demonstrated experience using Lambda functions within Cloud based security environments or other Microservice based solutions
  • 10+ years of cybersecurity or forensic related consulting experience
  • Software/System Security experience
  • Experience with secure software development best practices
  • Software reverse engineering experience, including both static and dynamic analysis
  • A Secret or Top Secret clearance is preferred but not required

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)

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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:

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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