Director, Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust

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.


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).

·       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: (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21395). 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.


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