Open Positions

Postdoctoral Scholar, Researcher, Senior Researcher, Assistant Research Professor, and Associate Research Professor Positions

Applications are invited for multiple postdoctoral scholar positions in the Software Systems Security Lab at the Pennsylvania State University. The lab conducts cutting-edge research in the area of cyber security and software systems. We are seeking a highly qualified researcher to work on automatic software analysis, transformation, verification, and security hardening.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer and information science or a related field, with strong motivation, ability to conduct research with a proven track record, excellent project management skills and experience, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to effectively interact with and mentor graduate students. Strong programming skill is required. Experience in software security, program analysis, verification, compiler and programming languages is a plus.

Researchers with more experience are encouraged to apply and may be appointed as researcher, senior researcher, research assistant professor, research associate professor, or research professor. The initial appointment will be one-year, but renewable for multiple years. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Contact Prof. Dinghao Wu for any questions (, email: To apply, send via email a cover letter, CV, research statement, 1-3 sample publications, and 2-5 reference letters, and also apply online for Postdoctoral Scholar, (Senior) Researcher, Assistant Research Professor, (Associate) Research Professor.

Ph.D. Research Assistantship Openings

The Software Systems Security Research Group ( and in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at The Pennsylvania State University focuses on cutting-edge research in cyber security and software systems. Our research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). We actively publish in top conferences such as IEEE S&P, USENIX Security, CCS, NDSS PLDI, ICSE, FSE, ASE, ISSTA, and AAAI. Many of our graduates hold faculty positions or conduct post-doctoral research at leading universities including ETH Zurich, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of New Hampshire. Others have prestigious positions in the private sector working for high-profile companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu XLab, and IBM Watson Group. (see here: We seek and welcome Ph.D. applications from motivated students with exceptional qualifications. We also welcome applications to our master program. We have multiple Graduate Research Assistantship positions open for the Fall 2020 admission. The application must be submitted by the official university application deadline December 15, but incomplete materials can be updated later. Early decision is also possible. Contact Dinghao Wu at if you are interested.

Master and undergraduate research assistants

We are also looking for motivated master and undergraduate students to join our lab. Send your resume to Dinghao Wu at if you are interested.


Scholarships are available for several intern positions. Send your resume to Dinghao Wu at if you are interested.

Developer Positions

We are also hiring developers. Candidates must have strong software development and excellent communication skills. Experience in software security, program analysis, verification, compiler and programming languages is a plus. Contact Dinghao Wu at if you are interested.

Why Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State's 24 campuses, with approximately 44,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. In addition to excellent academic programs, University Park is located in State College PA, ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the US by CQ Press and the 8th best college town by Best College Reviews.