Executive Director, JHU Institute for Assured Autonomy & Bloomberg Distinguished Professor


Johns Hopkins University
Whiting School of Engineering

The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) at Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins University AppliedPhysics Laboratory (APL) invite nominations and applications for the newly created role of Executive Director of the Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA) and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor (BDP).  Building upon current strengths in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, cybersecurity, and data science, Hopkins is making significant investments in order to take a clear leadership role in assurance, security, and privacy practices for a world that is increasingly shaped by autonomous machines and systems. The University’s distinctive resources and these broad commitments are converging in a new enterprise, jointly established by the University, WSE, and APL: The Institute for Assured Autonomy, or “IAA.” IAA activities span the breadth of the research spectrum from fundamental research and advanced technology development to fielding and validating real-world systems. The Executive Director & BDP will be an employee of the University with appointments at both WSE and APL.

For more information about IAA, visit https://www.jhuapl.edu/iaa/. To access a full account of the Institute and the Executive Director position, see here.

 Candidates for the Executive Director & BDP role will have extensive research and applied experience with autonomous systems and assurance. They will possess an earned doctorate in computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, or a closely related field and a record deserving appointment as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with tenure at the rank of full professor. A mix of senior-level experience in academia, industry, and the government is particularly welcome. The selectee will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Johns Hopkins University has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. CraigSmith, Partner, and Jeffrey Stafford, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Applicants should submit a single pdf containing a letter of interest outlining their research and leadership experience, their CV, and a two or three-page statement of research interests to craig.smith@opuspartners.net.  Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should go to the same address. Review of credentials will begin promptly and will continue until the appointment is finalized. Target appointment date is January 2, 2021.

 The Whiting School of Engineering and the Applied Physics Laboratory are committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Across its divisions, Johns HopkinsUniversity is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. TheUniversity promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. JohnsHopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.