Careers in Computer Science

Northwestern University continues its ambitious initiative to grow and transform Computer Science (CS). The Computer Science department is in the midst of adding twenty new tenure-track faculty in core Computer Science and collaboratively with other disciplines (CS + X), as well as a number of non-tenure-track teaching faculty. We seek outstanding candidates who are excited by the opportunity to help build the future of CS at a world-class university. Northwestern is a leading R1 university comprising a number of highly ranking schools that provide extraordinary opportunities for collaboration across a wide range of disciplines. Located in beautiful Evanston, on the shores of lake Michigan, just outside the diverse and culturally vibrant city of Chicago, Northwestern faculty have ample opportunities to connect with the city’s growing technology sector.

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Tenure-track Faculty In Computer Science, All Levels

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We invite candidates to apply for new positions as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Computer Science. We are interested in applications from outstanding candidates in all areas of Computer Science. The department is especially interested in applicants with an exceptional research track record in the following areas: database systems, complexity theory, quantum computing (particularly quantum computer systems and quantum algorithms), parallel systems (particularly as it intersects with architecture, programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and high performance computing), global-scale networked systems as critical infrastructure, artificial intelligence (all areas, but especially cognitive systems, multimodal dialogue, automatic knowledge base construction, and cognitive vision/audio), high-level computer vision and image understanding (particularly as it applies to image segmentation, object detection/classification, autonomous navigation, and motion tracking), robotics (all areas, but especially bio-integrated and bio-inspired robotics, including with humans), and machine learning. Machine learning (ML) is a cross-cutting area of interest. Researchers that advance ML by grounding their work in problems that relate to any of the domains mentioned in this call are particularly encouraged to apply.

We also encourage applicants to CS + X faculty positions jointly with other schools or departments at Northwestern, for individuals and teams exploring new research boundaries in computation. In the last few years, we have hired jointly with Preventive Medicine, Statistics, Learning Sciences, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Communication Studies, Journalism, and the Segal Design Institute, and we remain committed to interdisciplinary research leveraging Northwestern’s unique strengths and world-class schools in many areas. Priority in all areas will be given to applicants with path-breaking research interests that have the potential to transform both Computer Science and other disciplines.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating the rank applied for
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Three to five letters of reference
  4. Statements of research and teaching interests
  5. An optional  diversity statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to diverse excellence
  6. Two representative publications

We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible. Applications received by December 10, 2021 will be given full consideration. However, the positions will remain open until filled. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis.

Computer Science Faculty Of Instruction and Lecturer Positions

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As part of transforming and scaling Computer Science education, we seek outstanding candidates for non-tenure-track teaching faculty in all areas of Computer Science. As the demand for CS education has grown well beyond the boundaries of traditional CS majors, Northwestern CS has continued to invest in new courses, non-major pathways, and new joint degrees to broaden the reach and quality of computing education.  The growth of the entire Computer Science education portfolio has been remarkable and we seek motivated, highly-qualified teaching-track faculty to help us continue our successful expansion.

The successful applicant will be an extraordinary teacher and mentor, combining strong and deep knowledge of Computer Science with a passion to convey that knowledge to a broad variety of Northwestern students. They will go well beyond delivering entry-level service courses to create a learning environment that motivates students to enroll, to work, to learn, and to find new applications of Computer Science that shape their careers and the world beyond.  This is a multi-year, renewable position.

To be eligible for the faculty of instruction positions, applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field. Candidates will be considered at the Assistant, Associate, or Full level depending on experience. For the Lecturer position, a Masters in Computer Science and a strong, demonstrable track record of Computer Science teaching is required. Faculty of Instruction typically teach two courses per term and are involved in advising students and in departmental curriculum development.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating the rank applied for
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Three to five letters of reference which can speak to the applicant’s teaching abilities
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy
  5. An optional  diversity statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to diverse excellence
  6. Recent teaching evaluations (if available)
  7. A teaching demonstration video (if available)

We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible. Applications received by December 10, 2021 will be given full consideration. However, the positions will remain open until filled. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis.

McCormick Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science

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

Applicants are welcome from all Computer Science research disciplines. McCormick Fellows will continue to advance their research agendas, expand their research community, and strengthen their teaching and mentoring capabilities. The teaching load for McCormick 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.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating the position applied for
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Three to five letters of reference 
  4. A statement of research goals
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy
  6. An optional  diversity statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to diverse excellence
  7. Two representative publications

We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible; appointments begin in Fall 2022. Applications received by January 30, 2022 will be given full consideration; however, the positions will remain open until filled. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis. 

McCormick and Shaw Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science and CS+X

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

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

The Shaw 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. Shaw Fellows will work across disciplines to develop advanced courses for non-CS students who are working in fields where computation is becoming increasingly important. The Shaw 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 McCormick Fellows and Shaw 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.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating the position applied for
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Three to five letters of reference 
  4. A statement of research goals
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy
  6. An optional  diversity statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to diverse excellence
  7. Two representative publications

We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible; appointments begin in Fall 2022. Applications received by January 30, 2022 will be given full consideration; however, the positions will remain open until filled.

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Questions: Contact faculty-search@cs.northwestern.edu

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