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Assistant or Associate Professor in Cyberbiosecurity

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Biological Systems Engineering
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Virginia Tech welcomes applications for a tenure-track faculty position for the ranks of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in cyberbiosecurity. The rank will be determined based on the applicant’s credentials and experience. This position is funded through a collaboration between Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). The faculty member will be housed at Virginia Tech’s CCI facilities in Arlington, Virginia, with a tenure home in a relevant department in CALS.

Cyberbiosecurity is an emerging field at the convergence between cybersecurity and biosecurity, as applied to biological systems. It studies vulnerabilities that may be present at the interface between life sciences, cyber and cyber-physical systems, supply chain, and infrastructure systems, and develops solutions to detect and mitigate such vulnerabilities, with the objective of increasing the resilience of the bioeconomy.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized program in cyberbiosecurity, supported in part with externally funded grants, contracts, and other resources. Significant scholarly outputs are expected, such as peer-reviewed research publications, books, etc. Furthermore, substantial contribution to undergraduate education and advising is required, as is graduate student and postdoctoral mentoring. The candidate is expected to collaborate broadly with CALS and CCI faculty and will have access to an array of research infrastructure, from a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence assurance testbed to plant and animal agricultural infrastructure resources across the Virginia Tech campus, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and the 11 outlying Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. The candidate will be affiliated with the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture (CAIA) and contribute to strengthening the cyberbiosecurity and biosecurity research platform, enhancing interdisciplinary networking, and engaging CAIA affiliate faculty with CCI partnering institutions. The candidate will contribute to developing and expanding the security of the domestic and global food supply chain through research, educational and workforce development, and assisting in building private-public partnerships in cyberbiosecurity.

Virginia is uniquely positioned to demonstrate global leadership in cybersecurity. The Commonwealth’s strengths include an unrivaled density of IT talent, industry, and venture capital, creating a highly fertile environment for innovation and tech-based economic growth. The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) is a state-funded $17.5M/year effort calling on higher education institutions and industry to build an ecosystem of cyber-related research, innovation, and workforce development in Virginia. For a detailed description of CCI’s vision and activities, please refer to

The ideal candidate for this position will excel in collaborative team environments, possess a strong mix of experimental and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate complex technical ideas.

Required Qualifications

• A PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Animal Sciences or related field
• Peer-reviewed research and publication record in cyberbiosecurity
• Willingness and ability to serve as supervisor and instruct undergraduate, graduate students and junior researchers
• Teaching and student mentorship experience at undergraduate or graduate levels
• Demonstrated capacity to obtain extramural funding in support of the developed research program
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience giving professional presentations at academic conferences and to potential sponsors
• For the rank of Associate Professor, additional required qualifications include track record in obtaining research funding, serving as Principal Investigator of research projects, and supervising junior researchers and/or graduate students

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning methods, in particular as applied to cyberbiosecurity and/or cyber-physical systems
• Interest in innovation and workforce development programs in cyberbiosecurity
• Demonstrated experience working with multidisciplinary teams
• Involvement or interest in extension and outreach activities related to cyberbiosecurity
• Interest in application of cyberbiosecurity to Agriculture

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For the rank of Associate Professor, additional required qualifications include track record in obtaining research funding, serving as Principal Investigator of research projects, and supervising junior researchers and/or graduate students

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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