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cPASS Postdoc in Cybersecurity, Escalation, and International Relations

Application Window

Open date: December 17th, 2021

Last review date: Sunday, Jan 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Postdoctoral positions are available with Dr. Erik Gartzke in the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego.

cPASS conducts rigorous, data-driven research on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Its mission is to apply cutting-edge social science to improve our collective understanding of how humans can best cooperate in an increasingly globalized and connected world with rapidly advancing technologies. cPASS is committed to promoting research excellence and diversity within cPASS and our academic field.

The postdoctoral fellows will assist in a Hewlett Foundation funded project on “CyberEscalation in Power Projection.” This project focuses on understanding how humans and their institutions interact with technology to better assess how the introduction of a new kind of connectedness through cyberspace shapes decisions concerning power projection. This project hopes to overcome the challenges for young scholars interested in cyber escalation by investing in building expertise and creating quality data to test theories.

As part of their duties, the postdoctoral fellows will collaborate with the Machine-learning for Social Science Lab ( to create a foundational dataset of cyber events focused on basic scientific standards that is transparent, replicable, and reproducible. The postdoctoral fellows will also work with cPASS staff to develop the Cyber Escalation Lab and build a community dedicated to cyber escalation topics. Additional duties may arise in line with the goals of the “Cyber-Escalation in Power Projection” project. Authorship/co-authorship of scholarly research will be strongly encouraged.

Applicants with appropriate skills are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines related to international relations and computer science. The appointment may be delayed for applicants expected to complete their Ph.D. within the next six months.

This position will be 12 months from the date of appointment. Renewal is possible. Some flexibility exists as to the starting date of the position with summer 2021 as the earliest. Candidates should expect to be in residence in San Diego by the start of the postdoc.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Computer Science, Information Science or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Candidates must have extensive knowledge and experience in the cyber domain and a strong working knowledge of international relations theory.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A PhD in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Computer Science, Information Science or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Ideal candidates will also have experience with data science and machine learning.

Candidates with demonstrated leadership or commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting are preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide the email addresses for three potential references.

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