Faculty Positions

Head and Professor – Computer Science

Professor (Open Rank) – Computer Science


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Engineering: Head and Professor – Computer Science

CS @ ILLINOIS Leadership Profile [8.9 MB PDF]

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a highly accomplished scholar and strategic leader as Head of the Department of Computer Science (CS).  This individual will succeed Professor Rob A. Rutenbar, who was recently appointed Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

CS students celebrate graduation, May 2016. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)The new Head will lead a department that has continuously advanced the forefront of computing research and innovation since its inception, and whose faculty and alumni pioneered the modern computing era.  From ILLIAC to Blue Waters, PLATO to Lotus Notes, OpenMP to MPI, Mosaic to YouTube, and the first vectorizing compilers to LLVM, the department’s faculty, students, and alumni have driven game-changing breakthroughs for both science and society at-large. The new Head will be uniquely positioned to build on the considerable strengths and illustrious history of the department to lead the next chapter of the digital revolution.

NCSA's National Petascale Computing FacilityA key component of the College of Engineering, one of the nation’s elite engineering schools, the CS department is home to a U.S. News & World Report top-5 graduate program. The department offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including innovative new cross-disciplinary CS+X degrees for undergraduates, as well as a newly launched MOOC-based master’s program in Data Science.  CS conducts outstanding programs in computer science education and research, embracing all major technical specializations in the profession, and is at the heart of the University of Illinois’ rich network of interdisciplinary centers and institutes. These include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Information Trust Institute, and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center. CS currently employees 64 tenure track faculty members, 16 teaching and research faculty, and 44 academic and research staff and professionals, and enrolls some 1790 undergraduate students and 920 graduate students.  The CS department is based at the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, a state-of-the-art building inaugurated in 2004.   More details about the department can be found at http://cs.illinois.edu.

The Head is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finance, academic affairs, external relations, and advancement, and is a tenured Professor in the department.  The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the University’s education, research, and service missions and will possess the scholarly record, leadership skills, and strategic capacity to advance the department.  Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience in a university, industry, or government environment, the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies, and a commitment to diversity. 

Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer ScienceThe Head position is a full-time, twelve-month administrative appointment accompanied by a full-time, tenured Professor appointment with full University benefits. The desired start date for this position is as soon as possible.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 10, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. 

The University has retained Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Nominations and applications, including cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names/contact information for three references, should be submitted electronically to Witt/Kieffer consultants John K. Thornburgh and Brian Bloomfield at the email address IllinoisCS@wittkieffer.com.  The consultants can be reached by telephone, care of Donna Janulis at 630-575-6131.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

CS @ ILLINOIS Fact Sheet [PDF]


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Engineering: Professor (Open Rank) – Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple faculty positions at all levels and in all areas of Computer Science. Applicants from both traditional as well as non-traditional and interdisciplinary areas of computer science are encouraged to apply. This is a 100% tenure-track appointment on an academic year (nine-month) service basis paid over twelve months.

Applicants are required to have (or expected to receive) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Additional qualifications include the ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and the potential to initiate and carry out independent research. Appointments with tenure and higher ranks are available for persons with commensurate research and teaching experience.

Staff for Student-run HackIllinois 2015. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)The Department of Computer Science at Illinois is one of the leading programs in the United States and is a key component of the College of Engineering at Illinois, one of the nation’s elite engineering schools.  CS @ ILLINOIS is home to a U.S. News & World Report top-5 graduate program and is pioneering innovations in education, including new cross-disciplinary CS+X degrees for undergraduates and a newly launched MOOC-based master’s program in Data Science. CS conducts outstanding programs in computer science education and research, embracing all major technical specializations in the profession, and is at the heart of the University of Illinois’ rich network of interdisciplinary centers and institutes. These include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Information Trust Institute, and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center.

CS @ ILLINOIS includes 64 tenure track faculty members, 16 teaching and research faculty, and 44 academic and research staff and professionals, and enrolls some 1700 undergraduate students and 680 graduate students. CS seeks applicants who will contribute to the vibrant atmosphere and positive learning climate in the department, as we seek to make computing’s remarkable opportunities available to everyone. More details about the department can be found at http://cs.illinois.edu.

Qualified senior candidates may also be considered for tenured full Professor positions as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, which is backed by a $100-million gift from the Grainger Foundation. Over the next few years, more than 35 new endowed professorships and chairs will be established, which will provide incredible opportunities for world-renowned researchers. More information regarding the Grainger Initiative can be found at http://graingerinitiative.engineering.illinois.edu/.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Friday January 5, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Preferred starting date is August 16, 2018, but is negotiable. Applications can be submitted by going to http://jobs.illinois.edu and uploading a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement, along with names of at least three references who will be contacted to provide letters. For inquiry, please call 217-333-3426 or email HR@cs.illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

CS @ ILLINOIS Fact Sheet [PDF]