Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist

Cyber Security Directorate

*** search extended until Jun. 8, 2020 ***

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) advances discovery and innovation through extreme-scale computing, science-enabling software, and the skills of our expert staff. The center is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life.

For more than 30 years, NCSA has partnered with visionaries to discover solutions to grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. Our advanced digital resources and world-class staff push research beyond the unimaginable. Can you imagine? We can.

NCSA is currently seeking a Research Scientist in its Cyber Security Directorate (CSD) to explore and research new challenges in scientific and research computing, networking or cyber security related areas while producing practical solutions and problem-solving techniques for fellow researchers and targeted areas of exploration.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key responsibilities

Research Scientist
  • Direct research in scientific and research computing for the development and implementation of software, tools, cyber security tools and computational algorithms on cyber-infrastructure. (65%)
    • Collaborate on research with university researchers, postdoctoral research associates and students.
    • Transition research into practice to facilitate deployment of research in academia and industry.
    • Build collaborations with academic researchers and ties with NCSA industrial partners.
    • Disseminate research and technology through conference presentations, archival publications, and workshops.
    • Write proposals to federal and industrial funding agencies for research grants and contracts.
    • Form alliances with academia and industry to foster technology transfer and to provide computational research consultation.
  • Evaluate current and future trends in scientific computing research by keeping abreast of research publications. (20%)
  • Supervise undergraduate/graduate students. (15%)
Senior Research Scientist

Includes those of the Research Scientist with the addition of the following:

  • Represent NCSA at key national meetings and coordinate workshops, institutes, and seminars.
  • Supervise research programmers, undergraduate/graduate students and other duties as assigned.
  • Publish and present results of cybersecurity research and development at national and international conferences.

Required education and experience

Research Scientist
  • Ph.D. in computer science, engineering or related field required. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA technologies).
  • Minimum of three years' experience beyond the Bachelor's degree in scientific computing.
  • Knowledge of research field, ability to bridge several disciplines, leadership qualities for the research community, ability to work with fellow scientist and administrators, experience supervising student research.
Senior Research Scientist

Includes those of the Research Scientist with the addition of the following:

  • Minimum of five years' experience beyond the Bachelor's degree in scientific computing.
  • Proven track record for obtaining grant funding.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may email

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date, June 8, 2020. Contact information for three references must be included on the application. For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

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