Post-Doctoral Associate – Cyber-Physical Security – Civil and Environmental Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University’s department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in Cyber-Physical-Security. Due to an increasing reliance on IoT solutions, unsuspecting cyber-physical systems such as HVAC systems in buildings, are becoming the target of cyberattacks all over the world. Many of the existing cybersecurity tools and approaches focus on IT systems (e.g., network traffic and denial of service) and the effectiveness of such tools to secure cyber-physical systems is not clear. Given that cyber-physical systems operate under physical laws specific to each domain, it would be possible to detect cyberattacks by incorporating domain models within data-driven AI approaches. For example, a purely data-driven solution could easily misidentify regular behavior of the system as a potential cyber-attack if the system operates in states that are not present during the calibration of the models. The challenge then is to distinguish cyberattacks from equipment faults and degradation of a piece of equipment.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will work on development of novel cyber-physical attack detection algorithms through integration of domain models with data driven AI/ML approaches. We will specifically focus on HVAC systems in buildings, which are known to be especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks. These complex systems, made up of many interconnected components, also provide an opportunity to study the effects of a cyberattack as it propagates across different parts of a facility and makes tracing the origins of a cyberattack particularly difficult. You will work on both development of relevant approaches approach and testing them in a real-life setting on a testbed. The postdoctoral researcher may lead funded research projects, supervise graduate research assistants, and write research proposals and reports.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in ensuring project deliverables are achieved

  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies may be required depending on area and specialty

  • Participating/assisting in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations

  • Gathering and analyzing data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data

  • Conducting research experiments within the predetermined research scope and methodology of department and university

  • Other duties as assigned

You must demonstrate:

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills required

  • Strong organization and communication skills required

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon University. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate Degree in a related field required

Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!

CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements, including use of facial coverings, daily self-assessment and weekly Tartan Testing.

Location

Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Pre/Post-Doctoral Associates & Fellows

Position Type

Postdoctoral Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis

Salary

More Information: 

  • Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon ” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. 

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

  • Statement of Assurance

Carnegie Mellon University’s department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in Cyber-Physical-Security. Due to an increasing reliance on IoT solutions, unsuspecting cyber-physical systems such as HVAC systems in buildings, are becoming the target of cyberattacks all over the world. Many of the existing cybersecurity tools and approaches focus on IT systems (e.g., network traffic and denial of service) and the effectiveness of such tools to secure cyber-physical systems is not clear. Given that cyber-physical systems operate under physical laws specific to each domain, it would be possible to detect cyberattacks by incorporating domain models within data-driven AI approaches. For example, a purely data-driven solution could easily misidentify regular behavior of the system as a potential cyber-attack if the system operates in states that are not present during the calibration of the models. The challenge then is to distinguish cyberattacks from equipment faults and degradation of a piece of equipment.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will work on development of novel cyber-physical attack detection algorithms through integration of domain models with data driven AI/ML approaches. We will specifically focus on HVAC systems in buildings, which are known to be especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks. These complex systems, made up of many interconnected components, also provide an opportunity to study the effects of a cyberattack as it propagates across different parts of a facility and makes tracing the origins of a cyberattack particularly difficult. You will work on both development of relevant approaches approach and testing them in a real-life setting on a testbed. The postdoctoral researcher may lead funded research projects, supervise graduate research assistants, and write research proposals and reports.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in ensuring project deliverables are achieved

  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies may be required depending on area and specialty

  • Participating/assisting in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations

  • Gathering and analyzing data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data

  • Conducting research experiments within the predetermined research scope and methodology of department and university

  • Other duties as assigned

You must demonstrate:

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills required

  • Strong organization and communication skills required

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon University. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate Degree in a related field required

Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!

CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements, including use of facial coverings, daily self-assessment and weekly Tartan Testing.

Location

Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Pre/Post-Doctoral Associates & Fellows

Position Type

Postdoctoral Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis

Salary

More Information: 

  • Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon ” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. 

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

  • Statement of Assurance

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