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Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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Position Details

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Posting Details

Posting Number 600199
Working Title Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Advertised Employing Department Computer Science
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date 08/16/2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University seeks outstanding applicants for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, mentoring and engaging undergraduates, as well as, prospective students, developing and sustaining a strong, externally funded research program, publishing in top tier venues, developing collaborative research, mentoring graduate students, and enhancing Iowa State University’s existing strengths through professional and institutional service.

Required Education and Experience

- An earned Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Computer Science or a closely related field on or before the start date.

- Demonstrated ability or potential to:
1) develop a high impact, externally funded research program;
2) excel in the classroom teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
3) supervise research of undergraduate and graduate students; and
4) engage in professional and institutional service and leadership.

Preferred Education and Experience

- Experience working with or teaching diverse groups or diverse students.

- Publication in top tier venues.

- Record of securing research funding.

- Demonstrated skill in instruction or training.

- Demonstrated ability to enhance existing strategic research areas including:
1) data science and machine learning
2) computer systems
3) security, privacy, and safety

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The Computer Science department resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest college at Iowa State University. The department currently consists of 27 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, four senior lecturers, and two lecturers. We offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and a B.S. in Software Engineering (jointly administered with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering). We are also one of the founding departments for the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. We are active in interdepartmental graduate programs in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Human-Computer Interactions, and Information Assurance. We have many interdisciplinary research collaborations, especially with faculty in the bio-sciences, mathematical sciences, and engineering. The Computer Science department has 609 B.S. students, 94 M.S. students, and 95 Ph.D. students. Almost all Ph.D. students are supported by research or teaching assistantships. We have strong research and educational programs in Algorithms and Complexity, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Databases, Data Mining, Information Assurance, Programming Languages, Molecular Programming, Multimedia Systems, Networks, Operating Systems, Robotics, and Software Engineering. Our department has over $16 million in active research grants. With the above interdisciplinary activities included, we contribute to active research and training grants totaling approximately $25 million.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. 36,600 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation (see
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is highly responsive to the needs of dual career couples, has policies fostering work-life balance, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship and collegiality within the program, the department, the college, and the university, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Abigail Andrews
Department Contact Phone 515-294-4377
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

The guaranteed consideration date has been updated.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Statement of Teaching and Research Interests.
4) A minimum of 1 and up to 4 representative publications. Please submit as “Other document(s) 1-4".

Additionally as part of our application process, we are requesting 4 letters of reference. Please provide the names and email addresses for your references in the Reference Letter section of the employment application. Upon submission of your application, an automated email will be generated and sent to your references with instructions on how to attach the reference letter to your application through a confidential on-line portal.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 11/30/2016
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
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    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching and/or Research Interests
  4. Other Document(s) 1
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document(s) 2
  2. Other Document(s) 3
  3. Other Document(s) 4