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(Open Rank) Lecturer of Information Technology (Information Security)

Information Technology Program Faculty Los Angeles, California

The Viterbi School of Engineering  ( at the University of Southern California seeks outstanding faculty candidates in the field of information security. The ideal candidate would have the experience and knowledge necessary to teach undergraduate-level courses in several of the following areas:

  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Enterprise Network Design and Network Security
  • Information Security Management
  • Secure Programming and Web Application Security
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis

This is a full time, non tenure track, benefits eligible teaching position; all candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty spend 80% of their time on teaching and teaching-related duties with the remaining 20% engaging in service to students, the program, and the university. While we seek applications at the level of Lecturer, qualified candidates with substantial teaching experience or relevant background may also be considered for a commensurate higher-ranked positions such as Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor of Practice and Professor of Practice.

We are seeking candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and willing to contribute to engagement with and inclusion of students from a wide range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.   The Viterbi School is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, persons from underrepresented minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and it was recently awarded the ASEE President’s Award for its continuing efforts to “change the conversation” about engineering and to develop nationally a robust and diverse engineering pipeline.

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and names of at least three professional and/or teaching references as well as a statement about fostering an inclusive environment in the classroom. We would like to fill the position for Fall 2020 (starting August 16, 2020). Applications will be considered starting immediately until the position is filled. Applications submitted after January 15, 2020 may not be considered. Early applications are highly encouraged.

The position is in the Information Technology Program (ITP, an academic unit in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. ITP is a unique and innovative program within the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, providing technology education to students from all majors at the University. Its 17 full-time and 25+ part-time teaching faculty have built a collaborative community of faculty who are passionate about teaching and working with students. ITP provides engineering education to thousands of students from many majors, helping to guide students towards technical interests and career paths. The program offers courses in areas including programming, web and mobile development, video game design and programming, digital security and forensics, 3D computer graphics, analytics, enterprise information systems and digital entrepreneurship. Its award-winning faculty also work on initiatives such as increasing diversity in engineering, outreach to underserved communities, accessibility in technology, and technology for social impact.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top tier engineering schools in the world, with research expenditures typically exceeding $185 million annually. It is home to institutions such as the Information Sciences Institute, two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence, CREATE. The school is also affiliated with the Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

USC is committed to a vibrant and healthy work environment, being consistently honored as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  In addition to health, vision, and dental plans for employees, spouses / partners, and dependents, USC also provides services such as the Center for Work and Family Life, access to child care, and the Mindfulness program, as well as cultural events such as Vision and Voices. Deeply connected to the surrounding community, USC partners with local initiatives and encourages faculty to participate through programs such as Good Neighbors and CS@SC.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.  USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

Minimum Education

Master’s degree in a STEM-related or industry-related field

Preferred Education

Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree in a STEM-related or industry-related field

Minimum Experience

  • Two years of relevant industry and/or teaching experience
  • Flexible team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty on existing and/or new curriculum
  • Domain expertise in one of the following subject areas:
    • Enterprise Network Design and Network Security
    • Secure Programming and Web Application Security
    • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
    • Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis
  • Technical experience with scripting, wireshark, nmpa, Metasploit or other exploit framework

Preferred Experience

  • Five years of relevant industry and/or teaching experience
  • Prior teaching experience at the collegiate or university level
  • Domain expertise in multiple subject areas listed above
  • Additional experience in any of the following areas:
    • Mid to large scale software development projects (including Secure SDLC)
    • Enterprise systems and network administration, with specialization in one of the following areas:
      • Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, Citrix, and VMWare environments
      • Servers, Endpoints, Routing, Switching, Segmentation, IDS/IPS, NGFW
    • Industry standard penetration testing and vulnerability assessment tools and procedures
  • Programming experience in C/C++, Java, and/or Python
  • Active in the information security community or equivalent communities

Certifications (two or more preferred)

  • CEH
  • CCSP
  • OSCP

Required Documents

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement
  • Names and contact information of three professional/teaching references
  • Statement about fostering an inclusive environment in the classroom

REQ20072896 Posted Date: 04/12/2019

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