Merit Network, Inc. and the Department of Statistics at University of Michigan have an opening for one post-doctoral associate to work on problems that are at the interface of computer science, statistics and engineering with applications in computer and information security. The position is strongly aligned with the mission of the recently formed Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), which offers unique opportunities for collaboration and resources. 


We live in the era in which critical infrastructure vital for businesses, governments and the society (such as the Internet and the Smart Energy Grid) is increasingly getting inter-connected. As a result, malicious actors aiming to inflict network outages, denial of service and disruption of normal daily activities have a larger attack surface to explore and exploit. How can we design the next-generation situational awareness systems that harvest the massive amounts of network data exchanged and efficiently detect nefarious activity? Can we design algorithms that go beyond this diagnosis step and can actually predict when an attack is eminent? What are the optimal actions to be considered to mitigate the abnormal activity? Further, how do we transition these ideas into practical solutions and tools for the network operators?


Our research team has been working on such cutting-edge research problems, leveraging the fact that we have direct access to several real-world “Big Data” datasets, including streaming, high-variety, multi-gigabit Internet data, several other Internet datasets as well as smart electric grid data. We invite candidates who are enthusiastic to work on challenging topics in data science with applications in complex information networks and cyber-security.  We are looking for researchers with interests in areas including signal processing, machine learning, statistics, computer networks and network security, information theory, and game theory. The start date for this position is Fall 2017 (September 2017). This position is for two years with a possibility of extension for an additional year.


The selected candidate is expected to conduct research, publish in top-tier conferences and journals, assist in preparation of research grant proposals, co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students, as well as design and conduct large-scale Internet data measurements and experiments. Some effort will be spent on administrative support (e.g., assisting with grant proposal budgeting), curating and publishing datasets, and attending meetings with research collaborators.


Researchers should express their interest by emailing Please include a curriculum vitae (CV), a brief research statement (two paragraphs), and two relevant research publications.