Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in Smart & Autonomous Systems

  • Professional
  • Memphis TN
  • Posted 1 month ago
  • Expires on: March 10, 2020

University of Memphis
Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Memphis is seeking outstanding applicants for a state-endowed Chair of Excellence position beginning in Fall 2020. The position is available at the Full Professor or at the Associate Professor rank for a rising star. The endowed position provides unrestricted research funds. The salary is highly competitive and dependent upon qualifications.

In the past decade, the Department of Computer Science successfully doubled its enrollment and annual research expenditures, laying the foundation for the next phase of its development in pursuit of excellence. The department’s vision is to become an internationally recognized School of Computer Science with high-impact interdisciplinary research and high-quality graduates, contributing to the social and economic development of our community and nation.

Successful candidate is expected to accelerate the department’s research in smart and autonomous systems (e.g., smart health, smart learning, networked and secure systems), that has been supported by $50+ million in multidisciplinary federal grants in collaboration with 20 partner universities. Applicants should have a strong record of scholarship and funded research who can lead large-scale externally-sponsored research programs of high societal impact via interdisciplinary collaborations. Exceptionally qualified candidates in any area of computing that can make significant contributions to smart and autonomous systems (including edge computing, artificial intelligence, security & privacy, safety & fairness, HCI, software engineering, and CS education) are invited to apply. Candidates from minority and underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a PhD in Computer Science or a related discipline.

The Department of Computer Science ( offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs as well as graduate certificates in Data Science and Information Assurance. The Department has 20 faculty and more than 500 students (including 56 doctoral students). The department had approximately $9 million research expenditures in the last fiscal year and has been ranked 55th among CS departments with federally funded research. CS faculty lead the NIH-funded Big Data “Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K),” nationally-designated “Center for Information Assurance” (CfIA), and NSF-funded Learner Data Institute.

Well known as America’s distribution hub, Memphis was ranked as America’s 6th best city for jobs by Glassdoor in 2017. Memphis metropolitan area, with a population of 1.3 million, a vibrant culture, a pleasant climate with an average annual temperature of 63 degrees, no state income taxes, very low cost of living, excellent healthcare, and a world-class research hospital makes for a very desirable place to live.

Screening of applications begins immediately upon receipt. Application materials received by January 27, 2020, will be given full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the search is completed.

To apply, please visit Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and three letters of reference. Inquiries may be directed to Corrinne O’Connor (

A background check will be required for employment. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.