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Assistant Director for ProperData Center (Specialist)

Application Window

Open date: April 1st, 2021

Last review date: Friday, May 28, 2021 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: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 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

The University of California, Irvine is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director to assist the management and operations of the Center for “Protecting Personal Data Flow on the Internet” (ProperData). ProperData is a new center-scale research project funded by the National Science Foundation, with the goal of advancing personal data privacy and transparency via innovative technical and policy solutions. The Center brings together a group of researchers from four US universities (UC Irvine, UC Davis, USC and Northeastern) and several areas in computer science (privacy, security, networking, Internet-of-Things, mobile devices, machine learning) as well as collaborators from the industry and the policy sectors. For details about ProperData, please see:

The Assistant Director will perform professional and administrative duties to support the operations, management, and collaborative activities of the ProperData Center, including the following:

  • Collaboration support: facilitate research collaboration and coordinate interactions across the four US partner universities, as well as with industry and policy partners, external advisors, sponsors; lead the implementation of center initiatives and projects, such as the call for seed collaborative projects, hackathons, collaborative proposals and documents for release.

  • Events coordinator: lead and organize all aspects of ProperData research, education and outreach events, including but not limited to: the annual multi-day research symposium; virtual or in-person seminars and workshops; outreach events in coordination with the Office of Access and Inclusion (OAI), hackathons.

  • Communications director: lead and coordinate the online presence of the center; serve as the liaison between the PIs and various communications teams (e.g., school media, website and graphic designers) to produce and disseminate promotional materials (e.g. newsletter, twitter posts, website updates, etc).

  • Data tracking and reporting: track the progress of research, education and outreach activities toward the Center’s goals; organize and assist in the preparation of the annual reports for NSF.

  • Administrative support: manage communication and meetings (scheduling, agendas, minutes, calendars); monitor budgets, purchasing and reimbursement; make travel arrangements for conferences, meetings, visits and exchanges for researchers; oversee routine activities and resolve problems; prioritize and efficiently process administrative issues to ensure all deadlines are met and short and long terms plans are appropriately completed.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and years of experience. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and provide the names and contact information of at least two references, and any additional information to the following:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and provide the names and contact information of at least two references and any additional information (optional) at: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For maximum consideration please apply by May 28th, 2021. Inquiries should be addressed to the Principal Investigator: Professor Athina Markopoulou (

UC Irvine is part of the premier public university system in the world. UCI is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is ranked as a top-10 public university by U.S. News and World Report, and was identified by the New York Times as No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students. UCI is located in Orange County, four miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. Irvine is one of the safest communities in the U.S. and offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the nation.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant should hold an MS or equivalent degree in computer science or related field and have work experience in a research or high tech organization.

    Applicants with a BS degree and additional relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply.

    ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Strong computer and Internet skills, including but not limited to: Google and Microsoft suites, working with wikis and webpages, slack, zoom.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD degree in computer science or related field is preferred but is not required.

    Prior experience in project management, media communications, research administration, or information technologies is preferred.

    The ideal candidate should also exhibit: organizational and multi-tasking skills; independence, reliability, attention to detail; strong communication and writing skills; a demonstrated ability to coordinate and interact effectively in a team setting..

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA