Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor

Virginia Tech
Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech invites applications to hold the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professorship in the College of Engineering.  This endowed position will recognize a distinguished faculty member at the full professor rank, who will provide leadership in the department, college, and university in teaching and research in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML).  We especially encourage applicants with expertise in scientific ML and explainable AI, e.g., physics-informed ML, knowledge-guided ML, surrogate modeling, hybrid-science-ML modeling, multi-scale and multi-fidelity modeling, inverse modeling, statistical downscaling, discovery of scientific theories from data, and ML-aided optimization of scientific simulations.

The Department of Computer Science is in a period of rapid growth and expanding opportunity. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of fundamental and applied research and innovative teaching. We embrace Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (“That I May Serve”): we are committed to research, education, service, and inclusivity that makes a positive difference in the lives of people, communities, and the world.

The department currently has 75 faculty members, including 60 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 16 early career awardees, and numerous recipients of faculty awards from IBM, Intel, AMD, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Cisco and others. CS faculty members direct several interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and the Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics. The department is home to over 1,400 undergraduate majors and over 600 graduate students and is located in the College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 30th among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.  Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

This position is located at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. Our program in the Washington, D.C., area is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in computer science or a closely related field at the time of appointment, a rank appropriate record of academic accomplishments and a proven ability to work collaboratively; a commitment to interdisciplinary research and instruction and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges. Tenured faculty are expected to initiate and develop independent research that is internationally recognized for excellence, conscientiously mentor research-oriented graduate students, teach effectively at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and serve the university and their professional communities. The position requires occasional travel to professional meetings.

Applicants must apply online at (job number 522279): application materials include a cover letter (please mention your interest in this chaired position); curriculum vitae; statements discussing teaching and research goals; a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will commence on November 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Ali R. Butt at

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Services Center at or at (540) 231-9331 at least 10 days prior to the visit.