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The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech is in a period of dramatic growth and opportunity. With substantial multi-year investments from the Commonwealth of Virginia and infrastructure investments by Virginia Tech, we anticipate hiring multiple faculty members at all ranks and in all areas for several years.  (Specific positions for the current recruiting season are described below.)  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 67 faculty members, including 56 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 17 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 31st 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.  Candidates for faculty positions at the Innovation Campus are encouraged to apply to separate announcements for those opportunities.

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: 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 20, 2021 and continue until the position is 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 (AI) and machine learning (ML).  We especially encourage applicants with expertise that combines physics-based modeling and ML, e.g., science-guided ML, combining ML based surrogate models and physics informed simulation models, ML algorithms optimized to work with physics models, etc. 

Applicants must apply online at jobs.vt.edu: 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.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Ali R. Butt at facdev@cs.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: 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, 2021 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: 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, 2021 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.

Professor position in AI/ML (Northern Virginia, Innovation Campus)

The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and the Department of Computer Science seek applicants for a senior professor (tenured) position in AI/ML to be part of the founding group of faculty at Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus.  Outstanding candidates will be considered for an endowed chair position. Candidates for the endowed chair position should have an excellent record of research, advising, teaching, and/or service commensurate with a distinguished level of scholarship.

The Innovation Campus is a bold, new vision for research and 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. Construction has begun on the 11-story first academic building for the Innovation Campus, which is set to open in 2024. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to design and shape the cutting-edge research and instructional programs to be offered at the Innovation Campus.  

We seek candidates who can lead and foster the themes of the Innovation Campus vision (see https://vt.edu/innovationcampus/about.html), in particular use-inspired research, building pathways for a diverse graduate student cohort, and creating partnerships with industry. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to deep learning, immersive analytics, machine learning in adversarial settings, bias/unfairness/ethics in AI, and emerging paradigms in ML including in areas of self-supervised learning and reinforcement learning. Candidates working at the intersection of machine learning/AI and other computing or application domains---such as cyber-security, urban computing, and distributed and IoT systems---are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate an interest in initiating and sustaining collaborations within computing as well as with domain scientists.


The successful candidate will have opportunities for collaboration with and appointment in the Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics, which conducts transdisciplinary research in data science and AI in areas of national interest including national security, sustainability, and public health. Formerly known as the Discovery Analytics Center, the center today includes 20 faculty, 4 staff members, and over 120 full-time graduate students conducting research in all areas of data science and AI across both our Northern Virginia and Blacksburg campuses. Faculty and students have garnered several competitive awards from agencies like NSF, NEH, IARPA, DARPA and from corporations such as Facebook, Google, HP Labs, and C3.ai. The center’s researchers study not just the algorithmic aspects of converting data to knowledge and of automated decision-making, but also human-AI collaboration and teaming, and the ethical and social aspects of AI.

Applications must be submitted online to jobs.vt.edu. 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 12/15/21 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Naren Ramakrishnan, search committee chair, at naren@cs.vt.edu.

Collegiate faculty or professor of practice positions (Northern Virginia, Innovation Campus)

The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and the Department of Computer Science seek applicants for two collegiate assistant professor or assistant professor of practice positions for our graduate programs to be delivered in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Qualified candidates may be considered for appointments at the ranks of collegiate associate professor or associate professor of practice.  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. Construction has begun on the 11-story first academic building for the Innovation Campus, which is set to open in 2024. These faculty will have the unique opportunity 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. Collegiate faculty members and professors of practice are full members of the faculty who are encouraged to participate in research and scholarship, mentor graduate students, participate in department and professional service, etc. The positions do not offer tenure but do offer a clear promotion path with the potential of increasingly long-term contracts. 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. Candidates with demonstrated knowledge of CS education research topics such as project-based learning, education-related software systems, student data analytics, CS bridge programs, distance and on-line education, or diversity in CS are encouraged to apply.

Collegiate faculty candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field at the time of appointment.  Professor of practice candidates must have a Master’s  in computer science or a closely related discipline and significant professional experience in a computing related field.

CS graduate programs have been offered for more than forty years at facilities in Falls Church and Arlington. The department plays a key role in the Commonwealth’s multi-year plan to expand the number of computer science graduates for Virginia employers.  Courses are currently taught at our Falls Church facility.  The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, under construction in the Potomac Yards development in Alexandria, Virginia will be the home for our rapidly growing CS graduate program in the near future.  

Applications must be submitted online to jobs.vt.edu. 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 12/15/21 and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Sara Hooshangi, search committee chair, at shoosh@vt.edu.