Director of the Center of Big Data

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Computer Science

Director of the Center of Big Data

The Ying Wu College of Computing (YWCC) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology ( invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty member to serve as the Director of the Center for Big Data (CBD).  Candidates must have a PhD in computer science or a related discipline with a demonstrated track record of scholarly accomplishments commensurate with the appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or above. Appropriate areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: pattern recognition, machine learning, natural language processing, social media, analytics, high-performance computing for integration, analysis, visualization, and stream processing of very large amounts of structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data in areas such as business data, scientific data, medical data, etc.

The Center for Big Data at NJIT, is a new multi-disciplinary center designed to synergize the strong expertise in various disciplines across the NJIT campus and develop a rich set of big data enabling technologies and services. The CBD aims to investigate, develop, and apply cutting-edge technologies to address unprecedented challenges in Data Science and Big Data with high Volume, high Velocity, high Variety, and high Veracity, in order to create high Value. The CBD groups faculty from Computer Science, Informatics, Math, Statistics and Management.

The successful candidate will hold a faculty appointment in the department of Computer Science and build the CDB into a vibrant research group. As the Director of the CDB he/she must attract funding and develop collaborative relationships with industry. He/she must demonstrate recognition for productivity and achievement in research and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. The ideal candidate should have a strong business sense, experience in new program/center development and an understanding of what it takes to enhance research funding in a competitive environment. Exceptional organizational and communication skills, financial acumen and the potential to fundraise are essential. As a faculty member of the Computer Science department, he/she is expected to (1) teach undergraduate and graduate classes within an adjusted workload, supervise graduate students; (2) develop and teach new graduate and/or undergraduate classes and (3) serve the Department, the College and the University.

Reporting to NJIT Senior Vice Provost for Research, the Director of the Center for Big Data will have his/her primary appointment in the Computer Science department within YWCC. NJIT’s Computer Science Department 40 faculty and approximately 1600 students at all levels across nine programs of study. The Computer Science Department participates alongside NJIT’s Informatics Department in generating the largest pool of computing talent in the tri-state (CT, NJ, NY) area. The department conducts research in a wide range of areas and plays a key role in the NJIT Center for Big Data and the NJIT Cybersecurity Research Center. The department has strong connections with local industry and works closely with many corporations through student Capstone projects, internships, co-ops and joint R&D projects.

The Computer Science Department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility renovated in Fall 2018. The department resides within the Ying Wu College of Computing, which is undergoing significant growth as a priority area for NJIT. This growth is an integral part of NJIT’s five-year strategic plan, called Vision 2020, which calls for consolidating NJIT as a world-class institution of higher education and research.  Applied research, collaboration with industry, innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported. Performance and tenure expectations are aligned with those of the broader computing community, with an emphasis on grant funding and publishing in top conferences and journals.

The Ying Wu College of Computing comprises 23% of the NJIT enrollment, educating more than 2,800 students in computing disciplines, and graduating close to 800 computing professionals every year.

NJIT is located in Newark’s University Heights, a vibrant sprawling downtown campus close to Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey Innovation Institute, Essex Community College, New Jersey Medical School, University Hospital, and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. NJIT is just a 30-minute train ride from New York City and its burgeoning Silicon Alley tech sector. In the near future, NJIT plans to open a facility in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from the financial district of Lower Manhattan in New York City.

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Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references.

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As an EEO employer, NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.