Postdoc Position in Inclusive Privacy and Security

The Social Computing Systems (SALT) Lab in the School of Information Sciences (a.k.a., iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a post-doctoral scholar with a strong background in computer accessibility and/or privacy/security.

The postdoc scholar will mainly collaborate with Dr. Yang Wang and his group on designing novel end-user privacy/security mechanisms for people with disabilities (e.g., visual impairments). For more information about this project, please visit


  • Conducting qualitative/quantitative user research
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating system prototypes
  • Disseminating project results by leading publication efforts
  • Participating in community outreach activities
  • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students


  • Ph.D. successfully defended by the start date
  • Ph.D. in Information Science, Computer Science, or other related fields
  • Experience conducting and publishing research in HCI and/or privacy/security (e.g., ASSETS, CHI, SOUPS)
  • Strong system building skills

Appointment Status
The position is a full-time appointment (100%) for an initial period of 12 months. Start date will be ideally in October of 2020. Start date and length can be flexible and should be discussed during the application process. Remote work is possible during the COVID19 pandemic.

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, CV, up to three related publications, and the name and contact information for three references to Yang Wang (yvw [at] Illinois [dot] edu). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Scholars from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

The iSchool at Illinois is a top-ranked iSchool in the country (most recent ranking #1 by US News). The faculty is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus offers a wide range of state-of-the-art research support facilities including world-renowned research institutes such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The Urbana-Champaign area offers the residential advantages of a thriving micro-urban university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life.