Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Cybersecurity and Dependability 2021

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Sunday, 14 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 19 April 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Faculty Positions: Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (faculty)

Location KAUST, Thuwal


The Computer Science program in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division ( at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for multiple faculty positions at all levels (Full, Associate, and Assistant Professor) in the broad areas of Cybersecurity and Dependability.

This search is part of a university-wide Cyber Security initiative, and related to the creation of a new research unit, the Resilient Computing and Cybersecurity Center (RC3). The RC3 center aims at developing the emerging area of Resilient Computing in symbiosis with classical Cybersecurity paradigms, fulfilling the innovative vision – followed by an increasing number of stakeholders – that “Resilience is the Cybersecurity of the XXI century”.

We welcome candidates with a PhD in Computer Science and/or Engineering, Informatics, or related areas, with a strong background in the theory and practice of one or more of Security/Privacy and/or Dependability/Fault-Tolerance, of Distributed Systems and Networks and/or Real-Time and Embedded Systems.

Candidates at the intersection of Cybersecurity/Dependability and Systems in general whose profile and track record are primarily in the former should apply to this position. Candidates at the intersection of Cybersecurity/Dependability and AI/ML whose profile and track record is primarily in the former should apply to this position as well. Otherwise, they should target separately advertised faculty positions in Systems and/or AI/ML.

We require documented experience about systems knowledge of one or more of: cloud/Internet computing and communication; peer-to-peer (P2P) infrastructures; blockchain and ledger technology; cyber-physical and Internet-of-Things systems (CPS, IoT); software-defined and/or vehicular networking (SDN, VN); digital health technologies.

We consider as an advantage – all relevant research sub-areas of the above being contemplated – documented research experience in design, verification, and/or evaluation, in the following sub-areas: dependable and/or secure distributed systems and networks; trusted computing and execution environments; threat and intrusion detection/prevention systems; dependable and/or secure distributed blockchain and ledger systems; privacy of biomedical, financial or social data.

Applicants should show exceptional research merit, including strong publication record in top-tier conferences and journals, as well as research projects experience. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. High priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate’s work proposal. We consider as an advantage proven track record – according to the candidate’s career experience – in team leading, mentoring PhD candidates, research project definition and management, graduate-level teaching, research collaboration with industrial partners. Senior candidates must have demonstrated strong leadership and reputation in their field. A successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at graduate level, and to build and lead a research group of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Faculty members enjoy generous and secure research funding from KAUST and have opportunities for additional funding through several KAUST provided sources and through industry collaborations.

KAUST ( is an international, graduate-only research university, located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. KAUST offers superb research facilities, including the Shaheen-2 supercomputer and a large-scale virtual reality installation; generous assured research funding; and internationally competitive salaries. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges. KAUST was ranked among the top elite universities based on research performance and innovation outputs (e.g., in the SCImago Institutions Rankings, KAUST ranked 1st among Arab countries, and 24th out of 309 enlisted world-wide elite universities). KAUST’s award-winning campus has everything you need to live, work, study and play. Designed to inspire and motivate our faculty, students and staff and their families to maintain an active lifestyle, KAUST is more than a University. With state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a golf course, numerous fine dining and casual fare restaurants, an Elementary and a Secondary schools and the Red Sea just steps away, there is something for everyone ( Thanks to very effective measures, including the involvement of its researchers (, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far barely affected the KAUST campus-city.

How to Apply:

You will be required to complete an application form and upload the following materials:

  • Complete curriculum vitae, including photo and your contact address, with a list of projects, publications, and other achievements, as well as clear evidence about the documented experience requested above in the call.
  • A research plan, desirably in context with the strategic lines of the RC3 center.
  • A statement of teaching interests.
  • The names and contact information for at least 3 references, for an Assistant Professor position.
  • A list with the names and affiliation of potential referees, for an Associate Professor or Full Professor position.

For more information, please contact Prof. Paulo Esteves-Veríssimo,

Email: ,


Because of the high volume of applications that we receive, only applications submitted through the online Interfolio form will be considered. Applications will be pre-screened as soon as they are received and will deserve full consideration until the positions are filled. Applicants will receive formal feedback within a reasonable delay after each cut-off date, see below.

Next cut-off date for applications: June 17, 2021.

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to submit your application

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