cPASS Postdoc in Cybersecurity, Escalation, and International Relations

La Jolla, CA

University of California, San Diego

cPASS Postdoc in Cybersecurity, Escalation, and International Relations

University of California San Diego

Postdoctoral positions are available with Dr. Erik Gartzke in the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego.

cPASS conducts rigorous, data-driven research on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Its mission is to apply cutting-edge social science to improve our collective understanding of how humans can best cooperate in an increasingly globalized and connected world with rapidly advancing technologies. cPASS is committed to promoting research excellence and diversity within cPASS and our academic field.

The postdoctoral fellows will assist in a Hewlett Foundation funded project on CyberEscalation in Power Projection. This project focuses on understanding how humans and their institutions interact with technology to better assess how the introduction of a new kind of connectedness through cyberspace shapes decisions concerning power projection. This project hopes to overcome the challenges for young scholars interested in cyber escalation by investing in building expertise and creating quality data to test theories.

As part of their duties, the postdoctoral fellows will collaborate with the Machine-learning for Social Science Lab ( to create a foundational dataset of cyber events focused on basic scientific standards that is transparent, replicable, and reproducible. The postdoctoral fellows will also work with cPASS staff to develop the Cyber Escalation Lab and build a community dedicated to cyber escalation topics. Additional duties may arise in line with the goals of the Cyber-Escalation in Power Projection project. Authorship/co-authorship of scholarly research will be strongly encouraged.

A PhD in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Computer Science, Information Science or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants with appropriate skills are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines related to international relations and computer science. The appointment may be delayed for applicants expected to complete their PhD within the next six months.

Candidates must have extensive knowledge and experience in the cyber domain and a strong working knowledge of international relations theory.

Ideal candidates will also have experience with data science and machine learning. Candidates with demonstrated leadership or commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting are preferred.

Applicants must apply for this position at this link:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

This position will be 12 months from the date of appointment. Renewal is possible. Some flexibility exists as to the starting date of the position will fall 2020 as the earliest. Candidates should expect to be in residence in San Diego by the start of the postdoc.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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