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.

Open positions

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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We invite candidates to apply for new positions as Assistant Professor of Computer Science. We are interested in applications from outstanding candidates in all areas of Computer Science. The department is especially interested in growing in computational photography, computer vision, machine learning, parallel systems, and theoretical computer science.

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.

We encourage candidates to send their applications as soon as possible. Applications received by December 10, 2023 will be given full consideration, but we may invite candidates for interviews starting November. The positions will remain open until filled. Applications received after December 10, 2023 will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applicants should submit

  1. A cover letter
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Three to five letters of reference
  4. A statement of research interests
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy
  6. A personal statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to diverse excellence
  7. Two representative publications.

For general questions about the search or application assistance post submission, contact faculty-search@cs.northwestern.edu.

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Computer Science Assistant Professor of Instruction/Lecturer

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Northwestern University Computer Science seeks outstanding candidates for non-tenure-track teaching faculty and Lecturers in all areas of Computer Science. Northwestern CS is a dynamic and growing academic community with students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level. The successful applicant will be an extraordinary teacher and mentor, combining deep knowledge of Computer Science with a passion to convey that knowledge to a broad variety of students. They will go well beyond delivering entry-level service courses to create learning experiences that motivate students to enroll, to work, to learn, and to find new applications of CS that shape their careers and the world beyond. This is a multi-year, renewable position; initial appointment terms are 3-5 years at the Assistant Professor rank.   Our goal is to help new faculty to build lasting and meaningful careers within a supportive community that values teaching and learning.

To be eligible for the Assistant Professor of Instruction position, applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field. 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 with ample graduate and undergraduate TA support. They are also involved in advising students and in departmental curriculum development. 

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter
  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. A diversity statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to inclusive, accessible, and equitable educational environments.
  6. Recent teaching evaluations (if available)
  7. A teaching demonstration video (if available)

 We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible. We will begin to reveiw applications on October 25, 2023. However the position will remain open until filled.

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Tenured Professor of Computer Science, Ginni Rometty Chair

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We invite senior candidates to apply for a new position as Tenured Professor of Computer Science, Ginni Rometty Chair. https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2021/11/Ibm-honors-ginni-rometty-with-five-million-dollar-gift-to-her-alma-mater/

We are interested in applications from outstanding candidates in all areas of Computer Science with preference for expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

We encourage candidates to send their applications as soon as possible. Applications received by December 10, 2023 will be given full consideration. The department may take early action on applications starting early November. However, the positions will remain open until filled. Applications received after December 10, 2023 will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Three to five letters of reference
  4. A statement of research interests
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy
  6. A personal statement that addresses how the candidate contributes to diverse excellence
  7. Two representative publications.

For general questions about the search or application assistance post submission, contact faculty-search@cs.northwestern.edu.

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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 2024. Applications received by January 15, 2024 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. 

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

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