Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science

Northern Illinois University
Computer Science

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Northern Illinois University

The Computer Science Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applicants to tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor to start in August 2023.

NIU and the Computer Science Department value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We expect candidates to equally value these principles and to serve as active participants and allies in working toward DEI initiatives.

NIU is a public research university in DeKalb, IL, an affordable and growing community that is commutable distance from Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas. Our 16,000+ student body is diverse, with many first-generation and racially and culturally diverse students. NIU prides itself on student-centered approaches to teaching and research, and has social mobility, equity, and inclusion at the heart of its mission. Recently, NIU was nationally recognized as a top college for diversity and LGBTQ+ students and has been named one of the Great Colleges to Work For two years in a row.

Position Summary:

 The Assistant Professor will work within the various areas within the field of Computer Science. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarship, acquiring external funding, and service.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

 Candidates must have or expect to complete a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in computer science or related field by August 16, 2023. Candidates must have expertise or evident potential for quality teaching in computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Further, candidates must show evidence of, or potential for, publishing in premier peer-reviewed journals, developing an independent line of research, and securing external funding.

Additional Requirements:

 Candidates must have effective interpersonal communication skills and a commitment to working effectively in a collegial, multicultural environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

 Candidates from all research areas are welcome, but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning in alignment with the department’s research vision and the President’s University Research Goals. Candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse cultural backgrounds, and who possess a commitment to improving their access to higher education and achievement.


 Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications; position includes a robust benefits package.

Application Procedures:

For full consideration, prospective applications should visit to apply, and upload the following materials as part of their application by January 20, 2023:

  • Cover letter (2 page limit and should describe the interest in the position and how the candidate’s expertise links to the department’s research and teaching mission)
  • Curriculum vitae (no page limit)
  • Research statement (3 page limit and should articulate current and proposed research topics, settings or application areas, and potential funding sources)
  • Teaching statement (2 page limit and should describe the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate teaching interests and experiences -both existing and future courses- and convey the candidate’s understanding of evidence-based teaching practices)
  • Contributions to diversity statement (2 page limit and applicants are encouraged to describe how their past, present or potential teaching, research, and life experiences will inform their efforts to advance equity for diverse communities, including populations that are historically underrepresented or marginalized in the field, to provide a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all students).

Applications submitted after January 20, 2023 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed. Successful completion of a background check will be required upon hire and prior to start date.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

 NIU is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an AA/EEO employer, NIU considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.