Now Hiring – Open Rank Position In Cyber Security


POSITION DESCRIPTIONThe University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking an excellent scholar to advance our cybersecurity research and education priorities. The position is open rank (commensurate with experience) and spans all areas related to cybersecurity. For senior (Associate/Full) applicants the candidate should have the potential to lead new interdisciplinary research initiatives with substantial external funding support and internationally recognized scholarship in cybersecurity.  For junior (Assistant) applicants the candidate should demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and teaching related to cybersecurity. We value both interdisciplinary research and industry/government experience.

UTEP has designated cybersecurity as a university-wide priority, and it has taken significant steps to establish strong undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on cybersecurity, intelligence, and border security. UTEP researchers, from across the campus, are involved in interdisciplinary cybersecurity research and are funded by a variety of agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). UTEP has established related infrastructure and centers, including the National Security Studies Institute, Center for Intelligence and Security Research, Center for Cyber Analysis and Assessment in collaboration with ARL, CyberShARE Center of Excellence, and the CyWAR Laboratory. UTEP is also designated as a satellite hub for the ARL-South initiative located at the University of Texas Austin.

UTEP is designated as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence (NSA CAE) in both Cyber Defense and Cyber Operations; an Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE); and a CyberCorps University through the DHS-NSF Scholarship for Service Program.

ABOUT UTEP AND EL PASO: Celebrating its Centennial year in 2014, UTEP is the second oldest academic institution in The University of Texas System. UTEP was founded in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. In 1949, the school’s name changed to Texas Western College. In 1967, one year after the University won a historic NCAA basketball championship. Texas Western College became The University of Texas at El Paso.

UTEP is the only national research university with a Mexican-American majority student body, and enrolls more than 25,000 students and employs more than 3,000 faculty and staff. UTEP is the largest producer of Mexican-American STEM graduates, and it ranks third among all universities in awarding degrees to Hispanics at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. In addition, UTEP is among the top ten universities in preparing Hispanic students for success in completing doctoral degrees. UTEP’s outstanding record of receiving competitive grant awards and its annual research expenditures of over $90 million reflect the quality of UTEP’s faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence. UTEP’s faculty and staff are committed to the university’s mission of access and excellence and carry this commitment through an academic environment dedicated to addressing the educational needs of students – many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of almost 700,000 people that offers affordable homes and is the safest city in the U.S. with a population of over 500,000. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to engage in outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico; it is one of the largest international communities in the world. El Paso comprises 248 square miles and is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest in the United States.

The El Paso area is home to a number of military, intelligence, and law enforcement communities. This includes Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range (the largest military installation in the U.S., located 45 miles north of El Paso), Biggs Army Airfield, Holloman Air Force Base, NASA Johnson Space Facility, and the El Paso Intelligence Center, which represents over 15 different government agencies associated with the Department of Justice. Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory are located approximately 200-350 miles from UTEP.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must demonstrate excellence and leadership in research and education related to cybersecurity commensurate with rank, and must hold an earned doctorate in computer science or a closely related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A security clearance or the ability to obtain one is desirable.

SALARY : Based upon rank and experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin February 28, 2018, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The anticipated appointment date is fall 2018.   Applicants must submit an application including 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement (3 pages maximum), 4) a teaching statement (2 pages maximum), 5) the names and contact information for at least three references.

To see the full details and to apply please CLICK HERE.

For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Christopher Kiekintveld, Search Committee Chair at (915) 747-5564 or via email at

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.   

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.