Postdoctoral Fellow: Bridging the Policy and Technical Gaps in Cybersecurity

Dr. Bessma Momani and Dr. Michele Mosca are hiring 2 Postdoctoral Fellows to work on Cybersecurity: One from the technical field of Computer Science, Mathematics, or Engineering, and another from social science (Geography, Sociology, or Political Science).

Postdoctoral fellow 1 will have technical expertise to review literature related to emerging and disruptive technologies, cybersecurity and privacy, and cryptography. Postdoctoral fellow 2 will be a social scientist and help identify relevant Canadian and international policies related to cybersecurity and privacy, understand ethical and privacy concerns in the digital age, and understand the behaviour of citizens in our open society. Together both Post-Doctoral fellows will complete a knowledge synthesis, reviewing the relevance of these policies as well as identifying any gaps that may exist, complete a SWOT analysis of our policy readiness to challenges of emergent disruptive technologies.


  • Residency in Waterloo, ON or in close commuting distance is a must.

  • Completed PhD in fields noted above.

  • Excellent writing skills in English.


  • Collaborate with the other Postdoctoral Fellow partaking in this project.

  • Conduct high quality research related to the technical field and Canadian policy.

  • Review and synthesize literature.

  • Co-author and publish journal articles.

  • Participate in writing grant proposal, specifically the New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Organized and self-motivated.

  • Ability to lead and work in interdisciplinary environment

  • Ability to work and complete tasks with minimal supervision.

Terms of employment

  • The position will be for 1 year starting either late August or early September.

  • Salary, minimum $50,000.

Applications should be sent to Kerstin Kearney ( before June 30, 2019. Applications should include:

  • A letter of introduction explaining suitability for this role;

  • A short CV;

  • Two contacts for reference.

Educational programs

QKD - Quantum Key Distribution Summer School

USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

QCSYS - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

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