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Research Engineer in the Center for Cyber Security, Dr. Nasir Memon

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The Center for Cyber Security at New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a Research Engineer to work on disinformation and security aspects related to it.  Online misinformation and disinformation (aka Fake News ) has taken on an increasing global significance in recent years. The spread and application of such content can have disastrous consequences in the real world, such as influence on socio political events (e.g., elections), spread of diseases (e.g., due to parents choosing not to vaccinate children), violence, discrimination (e.g., targeting of specific religions such as Islam), and so on. A great deal of such content is seeded and/or spread and/or amplified by malicious individual or state actors, often with the use of bots. As such, investigating and tackling this problem requires a sociotechnical and multidisciplinary approach that considers not only threat models and security considerations but also improved user interfaces and experiences, increased information literacy, informed public policy, etc.

The successful applicant will work on interdisciplinary sociotechnical research that to detect and reduce the spread and influence of online misinformation and disinformation. To that end, the research may involve applying a number of approaches, including but not limited to: machine learning, user interface design, building and evaluating prototypes of novel solutions, online surveys and experiments, etc. The research will also incorporate an investigation of cultural influences, with a specific focus on the context of the populations in the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region. We expect the results to be published in top-tier journals and conferences in security and human computer interactions (e.g., IEEE S&P, Usenix Security, CCS, NDSS, CHI, CSCW, SOUPS, WWW, etc.). The Research Engineer will be supervised by Prof. Nasir Memon (NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi). Collaborators on the project include Mustaque Ahamad (Georgia Tech) and Prof. Sameer Patil (University of Utah).

Applicants for the Research Engineer position must have Masters in Computer Engineering or related discipline. Excellent experimental skills relevant to the project are required.

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full publication list, degree transcript, statement of research interests, and at least one letter of reference (up to two may be required in the application process), all in PDF format. If you have any further questions, please send an email to  

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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