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School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh

Tenure-Track

Appointment Stream

Boyce Chair

About the School of Computing and Information

The School of Computing and Information (SCI), the newest school at the University of Pittsburgh, aims to create and harness data-driven technology, science, and expertise to improve the security, performance, and understanding of complicated, interacting natural, social, and engineered systems. Predictive modeling and insightful analysis for evidence-based decision-making, in the context of these interacting systems, is key to our mission.

As a new school, we are working to develop and expand upon many exciting initiatives. In collaboration with multiple units at Pitt and other leading organizations in the region, including Carnegie Mellon University, we have launched the Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems (momacs) Institute to advance the science and technology of modeling and managing complicated, interacting systems. Our faculty are involved in developing numerous interdisciplinary research programs, launching a first year-admitting undergraduate program, creating joint academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and creating a new Professional Institute to close critical skills gaps by providing specialized education to working professionals. As we build and expand these initiatives, it is crucial that we continue and strengthen our leadership in addressing underrepresentation by fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education recently ranked Pitt as the top public university in the Northeast, and Pitt ranks ninth in federally funded science and engineering funding according to the National Science Foundation. SCI has numerous connections to centers, institutions, and companies in the region, including the School of Medicine, Carnegie Mellon University, the City of Pittsburgh, the Center for Causal Discovery, the Center for Energy, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Google, Uber, Oculus, Argo AI, and many others. Through these connections, there are ample opportunities to collaborate broadly and build multi-disciplinary research teams of the highest caliber.

Living in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a vibrant hub of education, technology, and medicine, with many startups and established companies throughout the region. The region offers an exceptionally high quality of life, with low cost housing, excellent secondary schools, abundant outdoor activities, and rich cultural attractions well beyond other cities of its size.

For more information, check out Cool Pittsburgh by the University of Pittsburgh.

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Tenure-Track

The School of Computing and Information (SCI), founded in 2017, aims to create and harness data-driven technology, science, and expertise to improve the security, performance, and understanding of complicated, interacting natural, social, and engineered systems.

SCI has multiple tenure-track positions available in all areas at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor ranks. We seek individuals who can think and work across boundaries and who see themselves as leaders, dynamic, and cross-disciplinary scholars. We are motivated to bring together scholars who are advancing computing and information areas with experts in other fields, to collaboratively address complex challenges, and to contribute to the school’s mission of modeling and managing complicated, interacting systems. Our recent hires have included transdisciplinary scholars in computational social science and medical imaging analysis for neurodegenerative diseases.

Advancement of SCI’s mission requires not only transdisciplinary scholars but also expertise in traditional areas of computer, information, and library science, and we encourage applications from individuals working across the entire spectrum of research in these disciplines, including but not limited to artificial intelligence; machine learning; Internet of Things; cognitive science; social informatics; data management; data visualization; digital equity; cloud and high-performance computing; cyber-physical systems; security and privacy; computational modeling, networking and others. Our recent hires in these areas have expertise in high performance computing, resilient networks, distributed systems and cyber-physical systems, and human computer interaction.

As part of our commitment to excellence, the School of Computing and Information admits students directly to their four-year undergraduate programs, and the faculty have created multiple interdisciplinary polymathic academic programs (undergraduate and graduate levels), in addition to the newly created Professional Institute that provides specialized education to working professionals in information technology fields. The School has also created the Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems (momacs) Institute to translate the science and technology of modeling and managing complicated, interacting systems into practice to address today’s most pressing challenges.  SCI has numerous connections to centers, institutions, and companies in the region, including the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the Center for Causal Discovery, the Center for Energy, the Center for Governance and Markets, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (Pitt/CMU), the City of Pittsburgh, Google, Uber, Oculus, Argo AI, and many others. Through these connections, there are ample opportunities to collaborate broadly and build multi-disciplinary research teams of the highest caliber. As we build and expand these initiatives, it is crucial that we continue and strengthen our leadership in addressing underrepresentation by fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, Pitt has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and programs to meet the needs of two career couples.

The University of Pittsburgh is a top ranked public research university located in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a vibrant hub of education, technology, and medicine, with many startups and established companies throughout the region. The region offers an exceptionally high quality of life, with low cost housing, excellent secondary schools, abundant outdoor activities, and rich cultural attractions well beyond other cities of its size. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education recently ranked Pitt as the top public university in the Northeast, and Pitt is ranked among the top 20 public colleges and universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Hold a PhD in a computing or information related field by the start of the appointment.
  • Research outcomes in relevant areas, published in respected peer-reviewed academic conferences and/or journals.
  • Promise for high-quality teaching, command of subject matter, and ability to organize and convey material effectively to students.
  • Willingness and interest to participate in departmental, school and professional activities.

In addition, applicants at the associate level are required to show:

  • Evidence of a successful research program, including research funding, publications in highly-rated scholarly venues, invitations to present at the national and international level, and the ability to advise graduate students; accomplishments as an educator and evidence for continuous growth, including teaching strategies; and a commitment to professional activities and service to their institution and the wider community.

Applicant at the professor level are required to further have:

  • A distinguished record of academic achievements with national or international recognition; innovation in approaches to learning and incorporation of new educational methods and technologies; leadership that extends beyond teaching and research to embrace the priorities of SCI, the university and the wider research community.

Application Instructions

Individuals interested in these openings may apply at https://sci.pitt.edu/r/ts/. Please provide the following to complete your application:

  • A cover letter reflecting on your interest and alignment with SCI’s mission
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A research statement describing your current and future research
  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy
  • A statement describing your experiences with diversity in your research, teaching, or service, and your potential to support SCI’s commitment to building and fostering an inclusive environment
  • The names and contact information for at least three recommenders for assistant professor level, and six recommenders for associate or full professor levels

Application review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We anticipate that individuals will be invited to interview on campus starting in January 2020. For best consideration, please apply by December 31, 2019. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2020. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Questions about the search and/or application status should be emailed to sci-recruit@pitt.edu. Nominations and inquiries for senior openings may be sent in confidence to the Search Committee Chair, Professor David Tipper, Department of Informatics and Networked Systems, dtipper@pitt.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.

Appointment Stream

Teaching Faculty Positions

The School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a search for teaching faculty in all school departments: Computer Science (CS), Informatics and Networked Systems (DINS) and Information Culture and Data Stewardship (ICDS). The School of Computing and Information is committed to hiring the next generation of faculty who will teach both foundational and elective courses that prepare students for both careers in industry and admission to top graduate programs in the various disciplines. The School of Computing and Information has a polymathic approach to education and is looking especially for faculty who espouse this approach. As we build and expand the school, it is also crucial that we continue to strengthen our leadership in addressing underrepresentation by fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff.

About the Position

At the School of Computing and Information, we pride ourselves on supporting and recognizing our teaching faculty. Our positions are long-term, career-oriented and renewable, and have established paths for promotion. Teaching faculty positions within the school include assistant professor, associate professor, full professor and professor of practice. These positions offer exciting and long-term opportunities to teach and develop novel undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science, information science, library science, and networked systems, including the rethinking of curricula to reflect emerging concepts, new skills, and the integration of computing and information into other disciplines. We strongly encourage scholars to apply who have experience working with diverse students and have made an investment in embedding inclusion in their teaching. Individuals filling these openings will have a unique opportunity to develop inclusive curricula foundational to an intellectually vibrant and successful academic community.

We are especially looking for candidates whose academic and professional backgrounds include expertise in one or more of the following areas: Cloud Computing, Information Retrieval, Text Mining, Networking, Cybersecurity, Computer Systems, Computer Theory, Computer Algorithms, Health Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Information Technology and Society, Data Curation and Digital Humanities.

About the School of Computing and Information

The University of Pittsburgh is ranked among the top 20 public colleges and universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

The School of Computing and Information (SCI) is the newest school at the University of Pittsburgh, and is in a period of growth. SCI currently offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Information Science, Computational Biology [in partnership with the Dietrich School] and Digital Narrative and Interactive Design [in partnership with the Dietrich School]. The last two majors are newly developed and fit with the school's overarching theme of polymathic education for our students. Several additional undergraduate polymathic majors are also currently in development. SCI also has several graduate programs, including the MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Information Science, and the MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) degree.

The School of Computing and Information also has recently launched a Professional Institute that provides specialized education to working professionals in information technology fields (see: https://www.sciprofessional.pitt.edu). Furthermore, in order to support our numerous interdisciplinary research programs, we have created the Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems (momacs) Institute (see: https://www.momacs.pitt.edu). SCI faculty have the opportunity to be involved in both of these endeavors.

About Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a thriving metropolis with small-city charm and has received national and international accolades for the quality of life, amenities, and livability over the last several years. Pittsburgh is recognized for being:

  • Most livable in the Continental US – The Economist
  • 17th Most Affordable City—Forbes Magazine
  • The New Cool – Forbes
  • A “Best Place to Live” – Time

To learn more about Pitt’s cool factor visit https://www.coolpgh.pitt.edu/live

Minimal Qualifications

  • Applicants for assistant, associate and full professor must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, Library Science, or a related area, by the start of the position.
  • Applicants for professor of practice must hold a Masters in Computer Science, Information Science, Library Science, or a related area. In addition, candidates should have 5 to 10 years of work experience.

Application Process

Individuals interested in these openings may apply at (https://sci.pitt.edu/r/as). Please provide the following

  • A cover letter that reflects on your interest and alignment to SCI’s teaching mission
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy
  • A diversity statement that highlights your experiences with diversity in teaching as well as service, and your potential to support SCI’s commitment to building and fostering an inclusive environment
  • The names and contact information for at least three recommenders for professor of practice and assistant professor level, and six recommenders for associate or full professor levels
  • Teaching evaluations if available

Application review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We anticipate that individuals will be invited to interview on campus starting in January 2020. For best consideration, please apply by January 15, 2020. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.

Questions about the search and or application status should be mailed to sci-recruit@pitt.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.

Boyce Chair

This search has been closed and will reopen in the fall of 2019.

We are seeking a visionary leader and scholar for the endowed Doreen E. Boyce Chair in Library and Information Science. This Individual should demonstrate inspired leadership within the information profession and have a commitment to dynamic, cross-disciplinary and collaborative research.

The individual filling this endowed chair will be internationally recognized for research, education, and service at the confluence of information, technology, and human behavior, especially from a social perspective. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, computing and information ethics, policy, and governance; theory and methods of knowledge reuse through data management, stewardship, and reproducibility; modeling and decision making in interacting systems; as well as socio-technical systems and the nature of human interaction with information and data. This position requires demonstrated impact and experience appropriate for appointment at the rank of professor.

Application Instructions

A PhD is required for tenure-stream positions.

Individuals interested in these openings may apply at https://sci.pitt.edu/r/boyce/. Please provide the following to complete your application:

  • A cover letter reflecting on your interest and alignment with SCI’s mission
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A research statement describing your current and future research
  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy
  • A statement describing your experiences with diversity in your research, teaching, or service, and your potential to support SCI’s commitment to building and fostering an inclusive environment
  • The names and contact information for at least four recommenders

Application review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We anticipate that individuals will be invited to interview on campus in both Fall and Spring semesters. For best consideration, please apply by December 15, 2018. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2019.

Questions about the search and/or application status should be emailed to sci-recruit@pitt.edu. Nominations and inquiries for senior openings may be sent in confidence to Bruce Childers, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Professor, at childers@pitt.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.