Faculty Positions

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

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The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for full-time tenure-track faculty positions at all levels (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor). We particularly encourage applications in quantum computing, but also welcome applications from exceptional candidates in other areas.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

CS students celebrate graduation, May 2016. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)
CS students celebrate graduation, May 2016. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)

Applicants are required to have (or expected to receive) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Computer Science or a related field. 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. We seek applicants that will contribute to the diverse, vibrant and inclusive atmosphere in the department as we strive to make computing’s remarkable opportunities available to everyone through the continued expansion of our research and teaching activity in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago, and online. Quantum computing faculty will engage with a growing campus and state-wide quantum research community through the new Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST) and the Chicago Quantum Exchange.

The Department of Computer Science is home to U.S. News & World Report top-5 undergraduate and graduate programs and is a key component of The Grainger College of Engineering at Illinois, one of the nation's elite engineering schools. Our history is, in part, the history of computing. From the ILLIAC to Blue WatersOpenMP to MPIMosaic to YouTube, and the first vectorizing compilers to LLVM, Illinois CS faculty, students, and alumni have long been at the forefront of computing research and innovation. CS Department faculty have been founders of multiple startup companies including ReconstructRuntime VerificationVeriflow Systems, and others. Companies that have been founded or led by Illinois CS graduates include C3, Malwarebytes, Match.com, Microsoft, Netscape, Optimizely, PayPal, YouTube, and Yelp.

NCSA's National Petascale Computing Facility
NCSA's National Petascale Computing Facility

Illinois Computer Science includes 78 tenure track faculty members, 29 teaching and research faculty, and 60 academic and research staff and professionals, and enrolls nearly 2000 undergraduates and 1900 graduate students, including over 420 PhD students. The Department faculty include 20 IEEE Fellows, 17 ACM Fellows, and 40 NSF CAREER Award winners. Our research embraces all major technical specializations in the profession, and is at the heart of the University of Illinois' rich network of interdisciplinary centers and institutes such as the  National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center. We are pioneering innovations in computer science education, including new cross-disciplinary CS + X degrees for undergraduates and a growing online Master's Program, and our faculty are contributing the world’s first engineering-based College of Medicine. More details about the department can be found at http://cs.illinois.edu.

Qualified senior candidates may also be considered for tenured Associate Professor and Full Professor positions as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative in which new endowed professorships and chairs will be established in areas of strategic interest to The Grainger College of Engineering. Such areas include, but are not limited to, quantum, big data, machine learning, and robotics. More information about the Grainger Initiative can be found at https://grainger.illinois.edu/research/grainger-breakthroughs.

The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, home to Illinois Computer Science.
The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, home to Illinois Computer Science.

Application review and interviewing will begin immediately. All applications received before March 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Preferred starting date is August 16, 2021 but is negotiable. Applications can be submitted by going to http://jobs.illinois.edu and uploading a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a statement on commitment to diversity, along with names and contact information of at least three references who will be contacted to provide letters. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants who desire confidentiality should explicitly mention this in the first paragraph of their cover letter. 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 System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit "Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.”

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (https://provost.illinois.edu/facultyaffairs/work-life-balance/).

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

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The Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple full-time teaching faculty positions at all levels and in all areas of computer science. Special areas of focus include information retrieval, data mining, and artificial intelligence. We seek highly qualified applicants with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the ability to teach at all levels.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Staff for Student-run HackIllinois 2015. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)
Staff for Student-run HackIllinois 2015. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)

Teaching faculty positions are renewable, career-oriented, non-tenure-track positions. Initial appointments are typically at the rank of Instructor or Teaching Assistant Professor, with the possibility of promotion to the ranks of Senior Instructor or Teaching Associate Professor and Teaching Professor.  Applicants for Instructor positions must have at least a B.S. (M.S. preferred) and applicants for Teaching Professor positions (all ranks) must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in CS or a closely related field.  Competitive applicants will show the promise of excellence in classroom teaching and will demonstrate strong CS and teaching knowledge, as well as demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Senior-level appointments are available for candidates with significant additional experience, stature, and demonstrated teaching excellence.  Multi-year contracts are available for all positions.

Successful applicants will join the department’s thriving community of creative, passionate, and innovative teaching faculty who contribute to high-quality instruction, curriculum development, and student mentoring.  Many faculty also engage in other student engagement activities and outreach activities. Teaching Professors are expected to have a deep interest in improving pedagogy beyond the CS department, may take on leadership roles on campus, and many engage in research in computer science education or other areas of computer science.

CS Lecturer Mike Woodley judges entries at HackIllinois. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)
CS Clinical Assistant Professor Mike Woodley judges entries at HackIllinois. (Photo Credit: Priten Vora)

The University of Illinois has one of the strongest CS departments in the country, with more than 100 faculty and nearly 2000 undergraduate majors and 1900 graduate students across eighteen different degree programs.   In addition to our flagship undergraduate program in The Grainger College of Engineering, which includes more than 30% women in our freshman class, our innovative CS + X programs incorporate a strong grounding in CS with technical or professional training in the arts and sciences across 13 different disciplines.   Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked in the top five in the country by US News & World Report. We are also one of the leading teaching units on campus, offering computing education to students in every discipline. We welcome applicants that will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department as we seek to make computing’s remarkable opportunities available to everyone through the continued expansion of our programs and offerings in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago and online.  

The start date for these positions is flexible. Application review and interviews will begin immediately. In order to ensure full consideration for a Fall 2021 start date, applications must be received by April 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Applications should be submitted by visiting http://jobs.illinois.edu and uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, a statement on commitment to diversity, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants may also submit supporting material relevant to evaluating their teaching abilities. For inquiry, please 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 System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.”

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.