Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Assistant/Associate Professor-Informatics

 

Job Description

The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) invites applications for tenure-track faculty at the Associate and Assistant Professor levels from computer scientists whose research applies a computational lens to challenges from other disciplines. Exceptional candidates at other ranks may be considered. This position is part of a new initiative to develop a top-quality informatics program based on our highly-rated computer science program and our significant interdisciplinary collaborations such as the Computational Social Science Institute and the Center for Data Science.

Candidates are expected to help build a nationally recognized research group and provide leadership in the formation of a new informatics program in the college, including developing and teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are accepting applications in all areas of interdisciplinary computer science research, but have the strongest need for individuals in human-computer interaction (HCI), information visualization, health informatics, and computational social science.

As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring individuals from underrepresented groups in computer science.  

 

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

The College of Information and Computer Sciences was created in 2015 and is rapidly building on the foundation of our long-standing, world-class computer science department. Our college is highly supportive of new faculty, including a rich program of formal and informal mentoring. Our 70+ faculty are remarkably collaborative. Many of our faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research with other departments including statistics/mathematics, linguistics, electrical and industrial engineering, biology, physics, behavioral sciences, economics, political science, and nursing, as well as new green initiatives. We also have a long history of working with industry. Our centers in data science, cybersecurity, smart & connected society, and computational social science continue to expand the range of industry partners and funding. For more information, visit https://cics.umass.edu.

 

Requirements

Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related area and should show evidence of exceptional research promise. A record of applying computer or information science in another discipline is strongly preferred.

 

Additional Information

Starting Date: September 1, 2020. Other start dates (e.g., Spring 2021 or Fall 2021) may be considered.

UMass Amherst and CICS are very supportive of dual-career families. We have a Partner Employment Program and will work with candidates to find opportunities for partners within CICS, across the University, and in the nearby community. Although UMass does not guarantee job placement, efforts are made to help secure a position for spouses or partners. For more information on our Partner Employment Program or other faculty benefits, please see https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/work/balance.

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Inquiries and requests for more information can be sent to: facrec@cs.umas.edu.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/502780/assistantassociate-professorinformatics .

We will begin interviewing in January 2020, but will continue to accept applications through Spring 2020 or until all positions are filled. To ensure consideration for a Winter/Spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than December 15, 2019.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Please include a statement in your cover letter that explains what it is about UMass Amherst and CICS specifically that makes you interested in this faculty position. Candidates should also include a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.