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Research Proposal Coordinator
Company SANS Technology Institute
Location your home office
Preferred GIAC Certifications GSEC, GCIA, GCIH or others
Travel 0%
Salary $75/hr
URL Not provided
Contact Name Johannes
Contact Email jullrich/at/
Expires 2020-06-09

Job Description

The SANS Technology Institute ( is the leading, regionally accredited college focused on the education of information security professionals. As an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of the SANS Institute, offers two Master of Science degree programs in Information Security Engineering (MSISE) and Management (MSISM), five Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Cyber Engineering (Core), Cyber Defense Operations, Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, Incident Response, and one undergraduate level certificate (ACS). is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is authorized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is an eligible but non-participating Title IV institution, and is an approved recipient of Veterans Education Benefits.

About the course/assignment

Both master’s degree curriculums (MSISE and MSISM) and the graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering (Core) include requirements for students to complete an individual research project and write a whitepaper. These graduate-level research projects generally use a quantitative approach to produce relevant original research that is current and of practical use to the information security community. The Research Proposal Coordinator mentors students to develop and refine a research topic that is appropriate for the course and meets the standards of the Faculty Research Committee.

Position expectations and caseload

The RPC will receive notifications when students submit assignments associated with the research proposal process. Student submissions or questions submitted through the Learning Management System should be addresses/responded to within 1 business day. Exceptions are permitted for vacations or teaching events for SANS. The RPC should notify their supervisor of any delays in grading as soon as possible so she can notify students of potential delays.

1.) The first assignment is for students to schedule a call with the RPC to discuss their proposed topic and receive technical and academic guidance about the project in alignment with the Research Guide. The RPC will schedule and conduct these calls, which typically range from 10-30 minutes each.
2.) Students will then submit a Scientific Method Worksheet providing a detailed explanation of their proposed research project. The RPC will provide specific feedback and comments using Track Changes, which typically takes about 30 minutes per submission.
3.) Once a student’s research proposal is sufficient, the RPC will submit a discussion post for review and voting by the Faculty Research Committee, and monitor the results of the discussion/vote. Approved proposals will be forwarded to the Student Advisor Coordinator for processing and rejected proposals will require additional coordination/revision with the student.
4.) The RPC will participate in bi-weekly Research Committee meetings or asynchronous communications with the faculty or advising team to discuss current proposals or concerns.

The position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week for student calls, submission review, and meeting requirements, which is spread across several days, during times convenient for the RPC.


Compensation for this contracted position is calculated at a rate of $75 per hour, paid on a biweekly basis.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
a. Has broad exposure to a diverse range of technical information security areas
b. Holds an advanced degree
c. Has some prior work experience in higher education, preferably teaching experience
d. Is located in North America