Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Multiple Tenure-Track Positions) (33788)

  • Professional
  • DeKalb, Illinois
  • Posted 4 months ago
  • Expires on: February 29, 2024

Northern Illinois University
Computer Science

Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Multiple Tenure-Track Positions) – EXTENDED SEARCH; NO PRIORITY DATE

Department of Computer Science – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Northern Illinois University

 The Computer Science Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applicants to tenure-track faculty appointments, preferably in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or Data Science, at the Assistant Professor rank to start in August 2024.

The University: NIU values 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 within a commutable distance from Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas and less than an hour’s drive from two of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories Argonne National Laboratory and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  Our 16,000+ student body is diverse, with many first-generation, racially, and culturally diverse students and international students from 73 countries.  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.

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.

The Department:  The Department of Computer Science is vibrant and experiencing significant growth.  It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in Computer Science, with over 750 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students. Support for faculty research programs comes from industry and prestigious agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense.  Our faculty and students benefit from collaborations with research staff from industry and the nearby DOE laboratories, Argonne and Fermilab.  The Department values faculty research programs that enlist graduate and undergraduate students and supports such programs with commensurate teaching assignments.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

 The Assistant Professor will work within various areas of Computer Science. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Science, scholarship, acquiring external funding, curriculum development, mentoring students, and service. The Assistant Professor will lead Ph.D. dissertations and M.S. theses and guide undergraduate students in research projects and capstones.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Must have or expect to complete a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in computer science or related field by August 16, 2024;
  • Must have expertise or evident potential for quality teaching in computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Must show evidence of, or potential for, publishing in premier peer-reviewed scholarly venues, developing an independent line of research, and securing external funding.

 Additional Requirements:

  • 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, Machine Learning, or Data Science 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.


  • Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position includes a robust benefits package.

 Application Procedures:

 Prospective applicants should visit the NIU Job Posting to apply and submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae (no page limit)
    • Should include links to professional website(s) and profiles on platforms such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, DBLP, or similar 
  • Cover letter (2 page limit)
    • Should describe the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant’s expertise links to the department’s research and teaching missions
  • Research statement (3 page limit)
    • Should articulate current and proposed research topics, settings or application areas, and potential funding sources
  • Teaching statement (2 page limit)
    • Should describe the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate teaching interests and (both existing and future courses) and experiences in conveying the candidate’s understanding of evidence-based teaching practices
  • Contributions to diversity statement (2 page limit)
    • Should 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

Background check/EEO statement:

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.