Careers in Computer Science

Northwestern University continues its initiative to grow and transform the Computer Science (CS) Department. We seek candidates for tenure-track faculty positions — in core computer science areas and collaborative "CS+X" appointments with our numerous top-ranked schools — as well as a number of non-tenure track teaching faculty and postdoctoral fellowships. We seek outstanding candidates with a clear passion for making a difference in computer science and an enthusiasm for building the future of CS at a great university.

Northwestern is a world-leading research and teaching university with an unrivaled combination of excellent schools that provide extraordinary opportunities for collaboration across a wide range of disciplines. Located just outside of Chicago in beautiful Evanston on the shores of Lake Michigan, Northwestern faculty have ample opportunities to connect with the city’s growing technology sector.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science

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Northwestern University is pursuing an ambitious plan to grow and transform Computer Science (CS) [http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2016/06/major-expansion-in-computer-science.html]. We are in the midst of adding twenty new tenure-track faculty in the next five years—ten in core Computer Science, and ten collaboratively with other disciplines (CS + X)—as well as a number of non-tenure track teaching faculty.  

To support this growth of our faculty, increase our research impact, and meet growing student demand, we invite applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science and Postdoctoral Fellowships in CS+X . Combining research with teaching duties, these positions come with attractive benefits and will have considerable autonomy, while still enabling close mentoring by and collaboration with Northwestern faculty members. 

Applicants for the Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science are welcome from all Computer Science research disciplines, and will continue to advance their research agendas, expand their research community, and strengthen their teaching and mentoring capabilities.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships in CS+X are a result of a partnership with Northwestern’s Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences and are focused on growing the boundaries of Computer Science, including by providing students and faculty across the University with education in areas of computation that will help them in their work.   CS+X Fellows will work across disciplines to develop advanced courses for non-CS students who are working in fields where computation is becoming more and more important.   These Teaching Fellows will also be part of the process identifying areas of intersection and impact in drawing computational thinking into new research areas. 

The teaching load for Postdoctoral Fellows is one course per quarter over the three quarter academic year (including an advanced-level course in the candidate’s research area).  These are two-year positions, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.

Northwestern is a world leading research and teaching university with an unrivaled combination of excellent schools that provide extraordinary opportunities for collaboration across a wide range of disciplines. Located just outside of Chicago – a diverse and culturally vibrant world-class city – Northwestern faculty have ample opportunities to connect with the city’s growing technology sector.
We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible; appointments begin Fall 2021 quarter. Applications received by January 31, 2021 will be given full consideration; however, the positions will remain open until filled

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for three to five letters of reference
  4. A statement of research goals
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy
  6. Two representative publications

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Questions: Contact facsearch@cs.northwestern.edu

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.