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Firefox Extension Developer / Web Developer @ Indiana University

Greg Norcie
Hello. My name is Greg Norcie

I'm a graduate student in the security informatics program at Indiana
University. in is looking for a temporary Firefox developer. (2.5 years,
possibly extended further via soft money) to assist myself and my
advisor (Jean Camp) on usable security projects, one of which being the
usability of the Tor Browser Bundle. See the link below for an example
of previous work on this subject:


We are currently working on implementing and testing changes to the TBB
to enhance usability.  (These changes will be passed along to the Tor
Project.) Your task will be implementing changes driven by our research
findings by writing Firefox extensions and performing other web
programming tasks to aid our research.

Formal job posting is below - apply at this link:

A note on fringe benefits:

It should be noted that as an Indiana University employee, you will be
eligible for free and reduced tuition. Hirees will, if desired, be
admitted to the university's security informatics department, where one
could pick up a master's degree for very cheap during their time in

You will also be provided with health insurance and a generous salary.

Speaking of salary it should be noted that Bloomington is a great little
college town - very cheap cost of living - I have lived in SF, and I
spend roughly a third on rent what I did there. There's also a vibrant
art and music scene, it's a bit of a hidden gem.

8019 - Firefox Developer, Informatics

Job Summary: Contributes to the creation of an advanced usable
security environment based on machine-learning, knowledge presentation
and reasoning. Works with the adaptive intelligence team to implement
changes in storage, input checking, simple comparisons of encrypted
data, and implement interactions cooperatively with a UI research

Works with a small multi-university research team to create and
implement a new approach to strengthening real-life cybersecurity by
unobtrusively yet effectively guiding computer users towards
intelligent security decisions in the fact of changing requirements
and circumstances. The system constructed will maintain a model of
state for both the user and their surrounding environment, and
use-predefined metaphors to dynamically inform the user of emerging
risk and strategies for protection or mitigation.

Qualifications: Review your qualifications prior to applying to ensure
that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Resume and
cover letter required.

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field and
two years of computer programming and software development experience.

Comfortable implementing complex scripting control, browser-centric
management systems and tools.

Preferred: Master’s degree; specific experience with writing
extensions for the Firefox browser.

Other: This position is for an experienced software developer with an
interest in applied research in computer security. Applications
accepted until position is filled.

Indiana University is the home to the Abilene Networking Operations
Center, the Network Operations Center for Internet2. Indiana
University is also the home of the ISAC for all Research and Education
Networks, RENiSAC, which provides a critical source of data and
expertise for faculty research. The School of Informatics has the
support of University Information Technology Services for networking
research with experimental or applied components. Indiana University
also includes the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and the
Pervasive Computing Laboratories. Indiana University is also home to
“Big Red,” one of the most powerful university-owned computers in the
U.S. and one of the 50 fastest supercomputers in the world. The
University is a center of excellence in security, funded by NSF, DHS,
NASA, DoD, and DARPA, as well as collaborations with industry. The
University is a center of excellence in security, funded by NSF, DHS,
NASA, DHS, DoD, and DARPA, as well as collaborations with industry.
We have a policy of not engaging in classified research, because the
interests of the students in terms of publishing and
reputation-building comes first.

In addition to world-class research facilities, Bloomington is an arts
oasis with the world renowned IU School of Music, which hosts two
symphonies, an opera company, three theater companies, as well as
being a reliable stop of traveling Broadway shows. The IU Art Museum
and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures offer collections ranging
from ancient glass to cutting edge installations. Bloomington is very
hospitable to those with an active lifestyle, consistently being in
the top ten cycling towns in the United States, as well as being rated
as one of the Top 50 Adventure towns by National Geographic Adventure
Magazine. Bloomington is a destination in food tourism. Bloomington is
frequently identified as offering an extremely high quality of life.

Jean Camp, Professor
I am a Professor in the department of Informatics.  My core interests
are the economics and behavioral components of security and privacy in
commerce and government.   It was this interest that led  me from
graduate electrical engineering research in North Carolina to the
Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon, and it
remained my  core interests as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff
at Sandia National Laboratories.  At Sandia National Laboratories I
focused on computer security. I left Sandia National Laboratories  for
Harvard's Kennedy School.  As a tenured Professor in Informatics I
research the social informatics of security. The developer would
report to me.

Minaxi Gupta, Associate Professor
Minaxi Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer
Science at IUB. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia
Tech in 2004. She has interned at Motorola, IBM, T. J. Watson, and
Hewlett Packard labs and has completed one-third of the course work
for an M.B.A in Finance from Dupree College of Management at Georgia
Tech. Her primary research interests are in computer networks. She is
interested in designing the next generation Internet services,
protocols, and security measures driven by a real-world
characterization of Internet usage by a variety of scientific and
non-scientific user-communities that rely on diverse applications and
physical technologies.

Raquel Hill, Associate Professor
Raquel Hill earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the
Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991 and 1993 respectively. From
1993 to 1996, she was a Member of Scientific Staff at Nortel Networks
in RTP, North Carolina. In November, 2002, she received a Ph.D. in
Computer Science from Harvard University. Dr. Hill was a Lecturer in
the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech from
November 2002 to August 2003. From August 2003 to July 2005, she was a
Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, with a joint appointment with the Department of
Computer Science and the National Center for Super Computing
Applications (NCSA). Dr. Hill's research interests include developing
security protocols and mechanisms for wired and wireless
infrastructures. She has specific interests in developing security
mechanisms that leverage the use of context in environments where the
context may change frequently, (i.e. pervasive computing

Steven Myers, Associate Professor
Steve Myers received his PhD in Computer Science from the University
of Toronto in 2005 for his work on cryptography under the supervision
of Charles Rackoff. He interned at the Mathematical Research Division
of Telcordia Technologies and developed and implemented technology for
Echoworx Corp., a Web-security based start-up company. He has been at
Indiana University, Bloomington since August of 2004, where he is an
Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics, and an Adjunct
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Myer’s
interests include cryptography, systems security. In particular he has
interests in the development of block-ciphers and their theoretical
foundations, public-key cryptographic primitives and secure
multi-party computing. In the areas of systems security he has
interest in the prevention of phishing, digital fraud, viruses and
malware. He is the author of many articles and several book chapters
relating to cryptography and phishing, and, along with Markus
Jakobsson, is the editor of the book "Phishing and Countermeasures" by
Wiley Press.

XiaoFeng Wang, Assistant Professor
XiaoFeng Wang received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie
Mellon University in 2004. He joined Indiana University at Bloomington
as an assistant professor in 2004.  Dr. Wang’s research interests span
all areas of computer and communication security. In particular, he is
carrying out active research on massive cyber attacks (malware and
denial of service), privacy (theory and applications of anonymity
systems) and incentive engineering.

Apu Kapadia, Assistant Professor
Ap Kapadia's research is mainly in the area of privacy-enhancing
technologies. Specifically, he has been actively working on i)
techniques that facilitate anonymous access to online services but
still with some degree of accountability, and ii) usable mechanisms
that improve security and privacy in decentralized and mobile

Greg Norcie
PhD student, Security Informatics
Indiana University
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