Full-time Blockchain and FinTech Faculty

Full-time Blockchain and FinTech Faculty

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is seeking a full-time faculty member to create, build and deliver Blockchain and FinTech courses to support various undergraduate and graduate programs at Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia and Harrisburg locations.

This faculty position also has the responsibility to advise students in content and career preparation, as well as serve as the FinTech and/or Blockchain subject matter expert (SME) for Harrisburg University.

The position can be based at either our Harrisburg campus or Philadelphia site.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computational Finance, Statistics or a related field; Ph.D. preferred

Blockchain Candidate Qualifications:

Blockchain development and architecture experience, including Ethereum and Bitcoin; Hyperledger and multichain; Cryptography; Web application development using JavaScript; Cloud technologies involving creation of networks, storage and virtual machines; Git/Git work flow

At least 3 years in software development and designing solutions with at least 1 year of experience in Blockchain related technologies.  Specific skills desired include:

  • Procedural and OO programming languages (C++, JAVA, or Python is preferred), flat and relational databases, with deep understanding of data structures and algorithms.
  • Robust mathematical background including cryptography and open public key analysis
  • Developer role experience in cryptocurrency projects
  • Ability to apply sound blockchain concepts and related technology concepts
  • Peer-to-peer networks provisioning and deployment experience for distributed, decentralized applications
  • Awareness of current developments in Blockchain and Decentralized ecosystems

1-3 years of adult training or post-secondary teaching experience preferred.

FinTech Candidate Qualifications:

FinTech experience, including:

  • Understanding of the FinTech space including Payment Systems, Financial Markets, Lending, Insurance and Wealth Management
  • Exposure to regulatory environments in the Banking, Finance and FinTech space
  • Exposure to international markets

 

5-7 years in Banking and Finance in implementing Technology Solutions to business problems and at least 1 year of experience in FinTech related technologies.  Specific skills desired include:

 

  • Product, business or a technology role in implementing digital solutions for Financial markets
  • Sound FinTech concepts in banking, financial markets and insurance, having a technology impact on products and services
  • Awareness of current developments in the FinTech space
  • Working experience with Ethereum and smart contacts
  • Research interest: the intersection of blockchain and the IoT is a plus.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is a plus

1-3 years of adult training or post-secondary teaching experience preferred

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and teaching statement to:

To EHill@harrisburgu.edu.

 

About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.

Mission:

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

Harrisburg University- At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 6,300 as of January 1, 2019.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.

 Academics:

  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics – first student cohort began in Fall 2017. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin its first cohort in Summer 2019.
  • Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, the Government Technology Institute, and the Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with:
  • Penn State University – USA
  • Francis University – USA
  • Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
  • Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
  • The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
  • Rede das Faculdades de Tecnología e Ciencias – Bahía, Brazil
  • St Aloysius College- India
  • Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India
  • Articulation agreements with:
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alvernia University
  • Montgomery College
  • Community College of Philadelphia

 

About Harrisburg:

HU’s location in dynamic downtown Harrisburg connects people to a diverse and exciting community that is a wonderful place to call home. In 2010 Money Magazine rated Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities” and the area was ranked 12th in the “Best Places to Live” category in 2009 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities; and the area as #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. The Capital Region is home to over 600,000 residents, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

 

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA, and downtown Harrisburg is the center for commerce regionally with a thriving, bustling downtown community of which Harrisburg University takes its home in the center.  Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping center connected to our campus and new building, is the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts provides auditorium space and numerous cultural events. Restaurant Row and City Island provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and socializing events. We have worked with a local developer to renovate to buildings downtown Harrisburg that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes and are the site for local concerts, art festivals, and shows. It is also possible to tour Harrisburg’s many historic museums, workout at the local fitness clubs, visit the theatres or take in a minor league baseball game.

 

Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia site:

Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia site offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Interactive Media, Computer & Information Sciences, Cyber Security and Management & eBusiness, with concentrations in digital marketing and analytics.  This 38,000 square-foot location at 1500 Spring Garden Street opened in December 2017 and is located across the street from the Community College of Philadelphia.

This new site quadrupled the size of HU’s Philadelphia presence and can accommodate up to 500 students.  This completely renovated space in Center City provides students with an opportunity in science and technology education that does not exist in Philadelphia.

Previously, HU had delivered courses to 1st-year students in a historic building on Independence Mall.  Following their freshman year, these Philly-based students were required to transfer to main campus.  Now they can complete all four years at the Philly campus.

HU also plans to offer new master’s degree programs in this space, which is shared with Hussian College.  Students in HU’s Philadelphia location have full access to Harrisburg University’s state-of-the-art educational tower in downtown Harrisburg.