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The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech is in a period of rapid growth and expanding opportunity. With substantial multi-year investments from the Commonwealth of Virginia and by Virginia Tech, we anticipate hiring multiple faculty members at all ranks and in all areas for several years.  We seek 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 and Data Analytics. The department is home to over 1,400 undergraduate majors and over 600 graduate students, with university commitments to continue growing all programs. The department is 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.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our program in the Washington, D.C., area offers unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024.  Note that specific positions listed below are designated either for the Blacksburg campus or the Innovation Campus.  

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.

Open rank, all areas, tenured/tenure-track faculty positions (Blacksburg)

The department invites applications for multiple tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at all ranks in all areas of computer science. 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 and tenure-track 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.

Applicants must apply online at jobs.vt.edu (Job no: 522279): application materials include a cover letter; 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 positions are filled. Questions regarding these positions should be directed to Dr. Ali R. Butt at facdev@cs.vt.edu.

Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor (Blacksburg)

The department 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.

Applicants must apply online at jobs.vt.edu (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 facdev@cs.vt.edu.

Senior Faculty Position in Human-Computer Interaction (Blacksburg)

The department invites applications for a tenured associate professor position in human-computer interaction (HCI) and related areas. Exceptional candidates at the rank of full professor will also be considered.  (Note: HCI-oriented faculty candidates at the assistant professor level are encouraged to the department’s general all-areas search.) Strong candidates from any area related to HCI, user experience, or interactive computing are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage applicants with interests in novel interactive experiences and technologies, including but not limited to: physical computing, immersive environments (AR/VR/XR), human-AI collaboration, internet of things, human-robot interaction, and creative technologies. The successful candidate will have opportunities for leadership and collaboration in the interdisciplinary Center for Human-Computer Interaction that includes more than 50 faculty across campus and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in computer science or a 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. Successful candidates will also have demonstrated leadership ability and a vision for enhancing HCI research, education, and community at the institutional level.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to hold a partial appointment in the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, with a corresponding reduced teaching load.

Applicants must apply online at jobs.vt.edu (job number 522279): application materials include a cover letter (please mention your interest in this senior HCI 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. The position requires occasional travel to professional meetings. Review of applications will commence on November 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Doug A. Bowman at dbowman@vt.edu.

Collegiate assistant professor position (Blacksburg)

The department invites applicants for a collegiate assistant professor position. Higher ranks (collegiate associate professor or collegiate full professor) will be considered based on the applicant’s qualifications.  Collegiate faculty members have a primary commitment to our instructional mission: duties will include graduate and undergraduate teaching, curricular and program development, and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy. Successful candidates will contribute to enhancing curricula and promoting teaching excellence. The collegiate faculty rank is a non-tenure-track position that offers a promotion path with increasingly long-term contracts. Collegiate faculty are full members of the faculty and are encouraged to participate in research and scholarship, mentor graduate students, and participate in department and professional service. Candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of research groups in the department, including a nationally-recognized group in CS education research.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in computer science or a closely related field at the time of appointment, a proven ability to work collaboratively, a commitment to interdisciplinary instruction, and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges. Candidates with demonstrated knowledge of CS education research topics such as education-related software systems, student data analytics, CS education for non-majors or at the K-12 level, cybersecurity education, data science education, distance and on-line education, experiential learning, or diversity in CS are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must apply online at jobs.vt.edu (Job no: 522277): application materials include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement discussing teaching perspective and goals; a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Stephen Edwards, search committee chair, at edwards@cs.vt.edu.

Instructor positions (Blacksburg)

The department invites applicants for two instructor positions. Instructors have a primary commitment to the teaching mission of the department: duties include teaching at the undergraduate level, curricular and program development, and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy. Successful candidates should give evidence of potential to teach multiple computer science courses and to excel in classroom instruction.  The instructor rank is a non-tenure-track position that offers a promotion path with increasingly long-term contracts. 

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in computer science or a closely related field at the time of appointment, a proven ability to work collaboratively, a commitment to interdisciplinary instruction, and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges.

Applicants must apply online at jobs.vt.edu (Job no: 522278): application materials include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement discussing teaching perspective and goals; a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Stephen Edwards, search committee chair, at edwards@cs.vt.edu.

Instructional faculty position (Innovation Campus, Alexandria)

The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and the Department of Computer Science seek applicants for one non-tenure-track instructional faculty position for our graduate programs based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Qualified candidates may be considered for appointments at the ranks of assistant or associate collegiate professor or professor of practice.  Additionally, we seek to hire candidates who can contribute to advancing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus is a bold, new vision for graduate education in computer science and computer engineering. Located adjacent to the nation’s capital in Alexandria, Virginia, it will unite industry, government, and academia in dynamic project-based learning and purpose driven research to shape the way emerging technologies influence society. The 11-story academic building of the Innovation Campus is set to open in 2024. Joining now offers a unique opportunity to be part of an emerging Virginia Tech graduate program while helping to design and shape the cutting-edge instructional programs to be offered at the Innovation Campus.

Successful candidates will have a primary commitment to our instructional mission.  Duties will include graduate level teaching, curricular and program development, and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy. To the extent possible, collegiate faculty members and professors of practice are encouraged to participate in research and scholarship, mentor graduate students, participate in department and professional service, etc. Instructional positions offer a clear promotion path with the potential of increasingly longer-term contracts.

The Innovation Campus currently has 14 faculty members including 12 accomplished, tenured, award-winning faculty with appointments in Virginia Tech’s highly ranked Computer Science and Computer Engineering academic departments. The Innovation Campus currently serves over 250 graduate students and has a mission to grow to 50 faculty and over 700 students over the next several years.

Applications must be submitted online to jobs.vt.edu (job no: 522742). Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references. Application review will begin on 12/15/22 and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Sara Hooshangi, search committee chair, at shoosh@vt.edu.

Details coming soon:

  • Senior faculty positions at the Innovation Campus (Alexandria)