Careers in this Department

Faculty Position for Peter and Adrienne Barris Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

As part of a long-term plan to significantly expand Computer Science at Northwestern, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University invites applications for the Peter and Adrienne Barris Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We seek candidates at the Associate or Full Professor level (with tenure) with a strong track record of intellectual leadership and a clear future research agenda.

Although the focus of the current search is the Barris Chair, applications at all levels are welcome. We seek outstanding candidates with a clear passion to make a difference in Computer Science and who are excited by the opportunity to help build the future of CS at a great University. Candidates in all areas of Computer Science are encouraged to apply.


The department has a strong faculty engaged in research in core areas of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, as well as significant interdisciplinary efforts across the University. Northwestern is a world leading research and teaching university, with one of the top ten endowments in the United States. We are located in the beautiful, culturally rich and highly diverse city of Chicago and its large metropolitan area. The department is committed to building a diverse educational environment; women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible. Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter indicating rank applied for, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) three to five references (4) statements of research and teaching interests, and (5) two representative publications. For general questions about the search or application assistance post submission, contact

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and the Learning Sciences

Northwestern University’s programs in Computer Science (CS) and Learning Sciences (LS) offer a tenure track assistant professor faculty position to be jointly appointed in the School of Education and Social Policy and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. The successful applicant will be one who contributes to important and impactful research in both fields. We seek a scholar who advances understanding of how new technologies can be best designed to improve learning, while also pushing boundaries in the design of these new learning technologies.

We welcome applications from candidates with interests in the design and study of new and pervasive computational technologies for learning such as computer-based modeling, visualization, scaffolded tools, virtual reality, games, AI, robotics, ubiquitous computing, digital fabrication, physical computing, learning analytics, models for teaching and learning at scale, or social networking, that have the potential to enable powerful learning in schools and other settings. We are open to a wide range of approaches to scholarship within these general areas.  

An interest in broadening participation in computing, computational thinking or computational literacy is desirable. Teaching and advising responsibilities will include doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students in both Computer Science and Learning Sciences.


Applicants should submit electronically a letter outlining their research program and teaching experience, a current CV, representative reprints, and three letters of reference, to Professors Larry Birnbaum & Uri Wilensky (Search Committee Co-Chairs). Upload instructions are found at

For general questions about the search or application assistance post submission, contact Review of materials will begin on November 15, 2015, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials before that date. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis. Minorities and women are urged to apply. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago. For more information about the School of Education and Social Policy, please visit and about the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at

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