Postdoctoral Fellow in AI-enabled Cyber Security

University of Texas at San Antonio

Postdoctoral Fellow in AI-enabled Cyber Security

Location: San Antonio, TX

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 7341

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Org Marketing Statement

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a Hispanic Serving University specializing in cyber, health, fundamental futures, and social-economic development. With more than 34,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property—for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA is situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.

Posting End Date

Applications will be accepted through 11:59 PM CDT on 12/20/2021. At the discretion of the hiring department, this position posting may close once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

This position is grant funded and is contingent upon funding availability. This position may be shortened or extended based on funding and/or availability of work.


Salary Range: $50,000 annualized, commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Hours per Week

Exempt Position: 40 hours per week.

Required Application Materials

Required: Resume and Cover Letter

Essential Functions

Function: To assist in the planning and direction of research and to perform advanced scientific duties requiring special qualifications. Latitude for independent action and decision expected.

Scope: Responsible for assisting with the direction of a two-year funded research “Human-in-the-Loop XAI-enabled Vulnerability Detection, Investigation, and Mitigation” with Dr. Raymond Choo (The University of Texas at San Antonio) and Dr. Tien Nguyen (The University of Texas at Dallas), which includes the evaluation, design, implementation, and performance evaluation of new or improved techniques and procedures, and other related tasks.


1. Develops and designs explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) techniques / models to facilitate human-in-the-loop vulnerability detection, investigation, and mitigation.

2. Undertakes security and performance evaluations, and other research related tasks.

3. Assist in the preparation of grant proposals, if required.

4. Oversees the supervision and training of student employees, interns, and volunteers, and leads research teams in advanced multi-year research activities.

5. Plans, schedules, and coordinates detailed phases of research projects including devising new approaches to problems encountered, and prepares progress reports.

6. Assist key members of research staff in solving specific problems encountered in project.

7. Assume responsibility for acceptance or rejection of results achieved.

8. Prepare manuscripts for publication.

9. Perform additional duties as assigned.


1. Provide training and supervision of undergraduate students.

2. Presents work as scientific meetings.

3. Attend research related meetings and scientific conferences.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in computer science / engineering (AI, cyber security).

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

The applicant should ideally have the following skills: AI and security (vulnerability detection in systems and/or source code).

Preferred Qualifications

System, network, or device forensics.

Working Conditions

This position is located:

On Campus: Primary work location will be on campus.

Usual laboratory and office conditions.

Additional Information

This position is grant funded and is contingent upon funding availability. This position may be shortened or extended based on funding and/or availability of work.

• UTSA is a tobacco free campus.

• This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

• Applicants selected must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire.

EO/AA Statement

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, and veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. UTSA campuses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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