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Cybersecurity Job Opening
December 29, 2011, 5:52 pm
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The following job opening at UNM is a unique opportunity for someone with an interest in Cybersecurity.  Computer Science is certainly an area of interest in this search.  Our new dean of engineering is the former department chair of Computer Science at Washington University, so he “gets” CS.  Deadline is Feb. 6th!

Faculty Positions in Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico invites applications for multiple full-time probationary tenure-track faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 1, 2012. Appointment at the associate professor level will be considered for individuals with appropriate qualifications. The appointments will reside in the appropriate SOE Department, one of: Civil Engineering, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
We seek applicants from across the engineering and computer science spectrum with expertise in CyberSecurity, Sensing Technologies and Advanced Materials. The successful applicant should have exceptional research credentials and the ability to contribute to the School’s interdisciplinary approach to a wide variety of national challenges relating to the safety and security of physical, social, and digital infrastructures.
Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science or a related field by the start date of the appointment. A demonstrated record of research and scholarly achievements; interest and ability to engage in interdisciplinary research and education; a strong commitment to teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and an expressed interest in mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, are preferred. We seek individuals with clear potential for developing an internationally acclaimed research program and passion for interdisciplinary collaborations.
The School of Engineering (SOE) has over 100 faculty and plans a significant expansion during the next five years across all its academic departments: Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Among the internationally recognized centers associated with the school are the Center for High Technology Materials, the Center for Microengineered Materials, the Center for Advanced Research Computing, the Mind Research Network, the Center for Biomedical Engineering, and the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies. The SOE academic budget is nearly $13M and annual research and contract funding is $31M. The School has close relations with industry and with three federal laboratories in New Mexico – Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Research Site. The SOE, with enrollments of about 1,100 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, is committed to diversity with several externally funded programs encouraging women and minority students in science and engineering. The SOE is ranked nationally for both its undergraduate and graduate programs, and all undergraduate programs are either ABET or ASCE accredited. For more information about the School of Engineering see http://www.soe.unm.edu
The University of New Mexico (UNM) is the premier research university in the state of New Mexico. UNM is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with nearly 35,000 students on the main and branch campuses. The University is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. The Albuquerque metropolitan area is ethnically diverse with over 900,000 residents, and has been listed among the smartest U.S. cities and best places to relocate in America. The city has a rich culture and a location offering unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. The University is located within one hour of Santa Fe and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing.

For best consideration, complete applications must be received by February 6, 2012. The positions will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of 1) a letter of interest; 2) a comprehensive CV; 3) a research statement; 4) a teaching statement; and 5) the names and contact information (address, phone number and email address) of four professional references.
Applications must be submitted online through UNMJobs.unm.edu, by referencing posting #0813676. Academic couples are encouraged to apply.
Inquiries should be sent to: SOE-Faculty-Search@cs.unm.edu
The University of New Mexico has a progressive spousal hiring policy and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. We especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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SIGACT Distributed Computing Column
December 17, 2011, 12:49 am
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There’s a nice “Year in Review” SIGACT Distributed Computing column this month.  Summary from editor, Idit Keidar, below:

The last column of the year is dedicated, as always, to a review of distributed computing awards and conferences in 2011. It includes:

* “Sharing Memories, Robustly” by Hagit Attiya
* “Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing”
* “Review of PODC 2011” by Maryam Helmi
* “Review of DISC 2011” by Michael Hakimi and Adam Morrison
* “Review of SIROCCO 2011” by Adrian Kosowski, Dominik Pajak and Zuzanna Stamirowska

The column is online on the column’s archive, both at the Technion:

http://www.ee.technion.ac.il/~idish/sigactNews

and at MIT:

http://people.csail.mit.edu/idish/sigactNews



New York Times: The Future of Computing
December 7, 2011, 2:36 am
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If you haven’t seen it yet, the Science News in today’s New York Times on the future of computing is definitely worth a read.