The Ohio State University, Computer Science and Engineering

2891 21395
Position ID:OSU-CSE-AY22CSE23 [#21395, CSE/ECE]
Position Title: Director, Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust (ICDT)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Computer Science / Information security, Cybersecurity
Computer Engineering / Cybersecurity
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/03/14)
Position Description:    

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Director, Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust (ICDT) 
College of Engineering
Tenure Track Professor, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust (ICDT).  ICDT fosters collaborations among researchers from multiple academic disciplines to collaboratively develop solutions to complex cybersecurity and digital trust issues while augmenting existing academic programs with a series of certificates. 

University: The Ohio State University prides itself on being a model 21st-century public, land grant, research, urban, community-engaged institution. Ohio State is a top-20 public university, enrolling over 60,000 students, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers.

Columbus: As the nation’s 14th largest city, Columbus invites and embraces cultural and economic diversity. The city is home to Fortune 500 companies, world-class research institutes, top-ranked hospitals, and the state’s capitol. Columbus was named the 2015 "Intelligent Community of the Year" by the Intelligent Community Forum, called a "Midwestern style capital" by the New York Times, and one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Columbus is home to multiple dynamic arts districts. Read more at (Experience Columbus). 

College:  The College of Engineering offers fourteen undergraduate and thirteen graduate programs in twelve departments or centers, as well as three undergraduate and four graduate degrees in the Knowlton School of Architecture, to approximately 10,000 students. The college has recently expanded its degree offerings with a BS in Engineering Technology available on the regional campuses of the university. The college is one of the largest in the field with more than four-hundred faculty. The college has fourteen National Academy of Engineering members and numerous members of societies and award recipients. In fiscal year 2020, the college had nearly $138.5 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled nearly $44 million. 

The Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust (ICDT) is a catalyst to bring together the multidisciplinary opportunities in cybersecurity education and research at Ohio State.  Faculty participate from across the university, including departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, and Fisher College of Business. Cybersecurity is a growth area for investment at Ohio State, with strong support from Ohio’s economic development agency, JobsOhio, which seeks to expand this emphasis in response to an evolving economy.  Currently Ohio State offers continuing education cybersecurity bootcamps, and is initiating rich and deeply technical undergraduate and graduate programs in cybersecurity, including a cyber offense and defense certificate and a cyber design and implementation certificate that are expected to become part of a professional Master’s program. The Institute is also the home of the Cybersecurity Canon, a hall of fame of cybersecurity books and reviews managed by an international committee, initiated by Palo Alto Networks.  Our multidisciplinary faculty conduct world-class research in information, network, hardware, systems, and software security.  ICDT also acts as the OSU center point for the State of Ohio’s Cyber Range Institute and works closely with government and industry leaders on near term threats and attacks in collaboration through the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the oldest computing programs in the country and is a national leader in computing research and education. We create, teach, and actualize the principles that connect computing and society while advancing the forefront of foundational computer science into interdisciplinary realms. With current strength of 45 tenure-track faculty, the department is poised for a large-scale expansion over the next few years, starting with the search for 20 tenure-track positions this academic year. The department continues to raise its national and international research profile, as exemplified by the recent NSF awards for two AI Institutes and a Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute, netting a total of $55M in research funding. The department will continue to invest in creative and team science activities leading to ever increasing strengths in both foundational and applied AI while advancing traditional topics of computer science. The department is also developing innovative academic programs centered on AI and data analytics with various campus partners in topics such as cybersecurity, data analytics, digital health, and multimedia. CSE faculty closely collaborate with various centers on campus including the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI), the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT), and the Ohio Supercomputer Center. CSE is vested in creating new and strengthening existing Diversity and Inclusion programs to provide an inclusive environment that will welcome all scholars. The department, through its growth, research prowess, academic offerings, and a welcoming culture, is poised to be the hub of computing scholarship and education on OSU’s campus.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was founded in 1888 and today it houses three degree programs: an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Those degrees encompass over 940 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, with over 200 BS, 120 MS and 40 PhD students graduating each year.  Consistently ranked among the best in the nation, the department’s research encompasses the areas of computer and digital systems, computer vision/image processing, control systems, communication/signal processing, analog and RF electronic circuits, remote sensing, optics and photonics, nanotechnology/electronic materials, robotics/intelligent transportation, networking, and sustainable energy. This research is supported by roughly $20 million in externally sponsored funding. Along with other state-of-the-art facilities on campus, ECE’s 30 research centers and laboratories provide a world-class environment for learning and discovery.

Position Overview:  This is a tenure-track senior faculty member, with joint appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, who will direct the ICDT.  The ICDT Director is responsible for growing the Institute into a university-level entity. The Director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering, will oversee the research and educational mission of the Institute, as well as all administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions. The Director will also be responsible for leadership, management, and strategic vision for the continued multi-disciplinary growth of the Institute. This position will be appointed as an Ohio Research Scholar.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD degree in an engineering/computing, or a terminal degree in related field, or equivalent experience. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in a leading research university, research laboratory or industry experience (role is eligible for appointment at the rank of full professor). 
  • Recognized leadership in the area of cybersecurity, ideally with a sustained track record of scholarship and success in attracting funding from multiple sources.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the development and leadership of multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that may include faculty and staff development, hiring and retention, and student recruitment.   
  • A commitment to developing and shepherding innovative educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with college and university administrators and leaders.
  • A track-record of service to and leadership of the profession and the university or research laboratory.  
  • A history of engaging in entrepreneurial activities, industrial or government partnerships, and external fundraising (including advancement and philanthropic funding). 

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should submit an application in Academic Jobs Online: ( Please include a cover letter, curriculum vita, diversity statement (describe experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals that promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion in one or more of the areas of scholarship, instruction and outreach), statements of teaching and research interests, and names and contact information of five references commensurate with the rank sought.

The Ohio State University believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, and intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate’s employer’s policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate’s appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment. For more information, please refer to the Office of Academic Affairs website regarding Faculty Misconduct Reference Checks.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution, a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and have an excellent partner in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.  By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.  Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

Application Deadline:
Application review will begin April 14th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Computer Science and Engineering
395 Dreese Labs
2015 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210