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CLICS Faculty


Search # 170223
Position Summary


City Center Plaza, downtown Boise – home of Boise State Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Boise State University invites applications for an open-rank, tenured/tenure-track position in critical infrastructure cyber security, starting Fall 2017. The successful candidate will work with the Cyber Lab for Industrial Control Systems (CLICS) laboratory hosted in the CS department. The CLICS lab is currently being formed in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory, an established leader in industrial process control cyber security.  CLICS has also established partnerships with Honeywell, General Electric, Idaho Power, Idaho Transportation Department, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Suez Water, and others. The CLICS lab will support research and education in exploring operation and security of process control systems for critical infrastructure

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of cyber security and its applications to control and automation of industrial control systems. This includes a background in interconnected power system operation (smart grid), communication mechanisms, software-defined network switches, and simulation models of a high speed generator for Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) for hardware-in-the-loop testing. The candidate is expected to support the CLICS lab’s research focus on emerging technologies in support of operational security control. This includes vulnerability assessments, diagnosing internet/extranet security, intrusion attempts, incident responses, forensic analysis, and coordination of disaster recovery. Moreover, the selected candidate will help in establishing graduate and undergraduate training programs in the area of industrial control cyber security.

Preference will be given to candidates with background in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) and expertise with all types with common security tools and products, i.e. Security Information and Event Management, vulnerability management, data loss prevention, content filtering, eDiscovery, anti-virus, firewalls, malware analysis and protection, intrusion defense/prevention systems, forensics, identity and access management.

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in teaching and a desire to make significant contributions in research by collaborating with government agencies, faculty, and industry. Senior applicants should have an established track record of research, teaching, and external funding. A PhD in CS with relevant background in power systems or a PhD in EE with sufficient background in computer science, is required at the time of appointment. US Citizenship is preferred for this position.

Boise State has made significant investments in the growth of its CS program, tripling the number of faculty and graduates over the previous four years. In Fall 2016, Boise State started a PhD program in Computing with three tracks: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Computational Science and Engineering.  The CS department is committed to offering a high-quality educational experience and building its research capabilities.


Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho, with enrollment of approximately 19,000 students. The University is located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area, which serves as the government, business, high‐tech, economic, and cultural center of the state. Boise offers a great quality of life: a family‐friendly culture, a vibrant downtown, and great outdoor recreation including skiing, rafting, camping, hiking, fishing, and biking. To further enhance the quality of life Boise offers, the University has committed to sustaining the conditions necessary for faculty to enter and thrive in their academic careers while meeting personal and family responsibilities. 

Application Procedure Application Procedure: Qualified applicants should apply online for Search # 170223. After creating an account and applying, you will be instructed to upload a cover letter addressed to the CS Search Committee indicating your interest and qualifications, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and three professional references with contact information in a single .PDF file.
Close Date Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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