The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) is launching a multi-year faculty recruitment and hiring process in Computer Science for 20 tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels, but with preference at early-career appointments. This year, the initiative will support at least six new faculty positions. Destination-CS is part of the university's recently launched Destination Vanderbilt, a $100 million university excellence initiative to recruit new faculty. Over the next two to four years, the university will leverage the investment to recruit approximately 60 faculty who are leaders and rising stars in their fields.
We seek exceptional candidates in broadly defined areas of computer science that enhance our research strengths in areas that align with the following investment and growth priorities of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering (http://vu.edu/destination-cs):
Autonomous and Intelligent Human-AI-Machine Systems and Urban Environments
Cybersecurity and Resilience
Computing and AI for Health, Medicine, and Surgery
Design of Next Generation Systems, Structures, Materials, and Manufacturing
Our priorities are designed to ensure the strongest positive impact on computer science and cross-disciplinary areas at all five academic departments in the School of Engineering and other colleges and schools across campus. The hiring initiative builds on these strengths and aspires to propel the Vanderbilt computer science program to one of the leading academic programs nationally and beyond. Successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to develop and grow vigorous programs of externally funded research.
Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally renowned research university located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee, and with the adjoining Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is the largest employer in the region. Its 10 schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities. The School of Engineering is on a strong upward trajectory in national and international stature and prominence, and has built infrastructure to support a significant expansion in faculty size. In the rankings of graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, the school ranks in the top 20 private, research-extensive engineering schools. Five-year average T/TK faculty funding in the EECS Department is above $800k per year. All junior faculty members hired during the past 15 years have received prestigious young investigator awards, such as NSF CAREER and DARPA CSSG.
With a metro population of approximately 1.9 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine, was ranked as the #1 most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine, and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years. The top major industries by employment include trade, transportation and utilities; education and health services; professional and business services; government; and leisure and hospitality. Other industries include manufacturing, financial activities, construction, and information. Long known as a hub for health care and music, Nashville is emerging as a technology center with a considerable pool of health care, AI, and defense-related jobs available. In recent years, the city has experienced an influx of major office openings by some of the largest global tech companies and prime Silicon Valley startups.
Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Applications should be submitted on-line at: http://apply.interfolio.com/80624 . For more information, please visit our web site: http://vu.edu/destination-cs. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning December 15, 2020 with interviews beginning January 1, 2021. For full consideration, application materials must be received by January 31, 2021.
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