Media & Information Job Openings

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Michigan State University BITLab ( seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research with Dr. Rick Wash ( on projects related to usable cybersecurity.  Prof. Wash is working on understanding general properties of how people make security-relevant decisions and how we can better train end users to improve those decisions.  He’s recently been examining how people identify phishing messages, and how narrative stories can be used to improve security training.  These studies also provide opportunities to study the cognitive and social aspects of cybersecurity.

Our group’s recent research papers in this space include:

  • Rick Wash and Molly Cooper. “Who Provides Phishing Training? Facts, Stories, and People Like Me” Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI). Montreal, Canada. April 2018. [Honorable Mention Award] 
  • Rick Wash, Emilee Rader, and Chris Fennell. “Can People Self-Report Security Accurately? Agreement Between Self-Report and Behavioral Measures” Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI). Denver, CO. May 2017.
  • Rick Wash, Emilee Rader, Ruthie Berman, and Zac Wellmer. “Understanding Password Choices: How Frequently Entered Passwords are Re-used Across Websites” Proceedings of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). Denver, Colorado. June 2016. 

The research associate will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, undergraduate research assistants, and an engaging community of scholars interested in human-computer interaction, social computing, cybersecurity, technology in society, and technology policy. The pos­ition does not have a teaching requirement, but will have opportunities to teach and mentor both undergraduate and grad students.   The postdoc will be viewed as a colleague, and with mentorship, will be launched to the next stage of their career. 

The Postdoctoral Research Associate requires a terminal degree Human-Computer Interaction, Information Science, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or a related field, and should possess skills and interests related to human aspects of cybersecurity.  Applicants should have interest in publishing research related to human factors in cybersecurity at top venues like SOUPS, CHI, or the big 4 security conferences, but experience publishing research in other high-quality peer-reviewed venues is also welcome.  The ideal postdoctoral fellow will be skilled at executing high-impact research, have experience with qualitative research methods, and have a strong understanding of both technical and human issues in cybersecurity.

Applicants should be excited about participating in collaborative, interdisciplinary research at MSU, and willing to move to East Lansing, Michigan. Applicants must have defended their PhD by the time of employment.

How do I apply?

To apply, please prepare 1) a cover letter stating your background, experiences, skills, interest in the position, and career objectives; 2) a curriculum vitae or resume; 3) names and contact information for two references who can write a letter on your behalf and discuss your research skills; and 4) a relevant sample of research output.  Please submit these materials using the MSU careers website to job 561011.  If you have any questions, please email Rick Wash <>.

How much does this position pay?

The University classifies this as a Research Associate position. This Research Associate will receive a salary of approximately US $55,000/year for full-time employment as well as full benefits. Additional funds are available for equipment and professional travel. The position will be for one year.

What is the timeline?

Review of applicants will begin on March 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The preferred start date for the position is August 15th, 2019, but we can be flexible (earlier or later) depending on other factors.

Tenure System Position in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies

Tenure System Assistant or Associate Professor in Human-Centered Emerging Technologies
Department of Media and Information
Michigan State University

The Department of Media and Information (M&I) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks an innovative, dynamic individual to fill a full-time, tenure stream position at the assistant or associate professor level who can connect the creative and research approaches in the department, college, and university. We are particularly interested in someone who uses human-centered approaches to design, and is interested in emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, games, gamification, autonomous vehicles, Internet of things, smart homes, health technologies, neuro/biosensors, wearable devices, tangible computing, and other new technologies that are reshaping the world around us. We also value interests in socially relevant topics and making positive change in the world. Our ideal candidate both builds new things in the world and seeks to understand the impacts of the things they build, integrating the “arts” and “sciences” in their work.

Candidates will be expected to gain visibility through juried creative works and/or peer-reviewed academic research publications. Given our strong interdisciplinary culture we welcome applications from individuals from a diverse range of disciplinary and methodological traditions who thrive in a vibrant academic environment. Faculty members are also expected to pursue external funding to support their research and/or creative activity. In addition, candidates will teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as advise graduate students on projects, theses, and dissertations. Expected start date is August 16, 2019.

M&I is a top-five ranked, research and grant-active department. The department’s 31 faculty have core interests that focus on the study of technology and society, human-technology interaction, and technological systems. The M&I faculty was deliberately recruited from a range of disciplines, including communication, computer science, media, human-computer interaction, management, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, science and technology studies (STS), and design to complement and create a unique intellectual energy. This environment takes the best and most useful elements of various disciplines to create novel insights. The department strives to promote work that is cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary. Such endeavors expand our knowledge in new and innovative ways.

To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (, refer to Posting #543608, and complete an electronic submission. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically: (1) a cover letter indicating the position you are interested in and summarizing your qualifications for it, (2) a current vita, (3) the URL to an existing individual or collaborative website that conveys your current scholarship and/or portfolio, and (4) the names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as your recommenders to the search committee. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions to Associate Professor Rick Wash, Search Committee Chair, Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, at

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities