In response to the State of North Carolina’s initiative to “engineer a smart and secure future”, the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking applications for 6 full-time tenure-track positions. Exceptionally qualified candidates could be considered for tenured positions.
Successful candidates will bring computer science expertise to contribute to one or more of the areas of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and human-centered computing. They will also have the opportunity to apply their expertise to one or more of the engineering thematic foci of the research clusters; energy systems, transportation and advanced mobility, digital manufacturing, and smart sustainable cities. We invite diverse candidates across all these areas to apply.
As these positions are part of a larger $40+ million investment by the State of North Carolina and the University, successful candidates will also benefit from collaborative opportunities arising from a parallel cluster hire (6 positions) in the College of Engineering. This large initiative also encompasses the design and construction of state-of-the-art facilities, acquisition of advanced equipment, and growth of several University undergraduate and graduate programs.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in computer science or another closely related field and have a background aligning with one of the listed research foci. In addition, they must demonstrate significant accomplishments or outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and research, corresponding to the rank of appointment. Successful candidates are expected to: 1) develop and sustain nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research programs as evidenced by high-quality publications and successful mentoring of students; 2) contribute to teaching and curriculum development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; and 3) contribute to diversity initiatives at the University, and engagement inside and outside the University.
These positions will remain open until filled. The review of applications will start Feb 1, 2023.
Please review the expanded information in the posting and submit applications accordingly. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.charlotte.edu/postings/47278 and must include a cover letter, CV, contact information for at least three referees, and a statement of fostering diversity.
As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE institution strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. All finalists are subject to criminal background check.
For questions about the position or the application process or for confidential informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Ahmed Helmy, Associate Dean for Research, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte is one of the most comprehensive and most innovative computing colleges in the country. With over 130 faculty and staff and 4,000+ students, CCI graduates more than 1000 Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. holders a year. The College is organized in four academic units: Department of Computer Science (CS), Department of Software and Information Systems (SIS), Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics (BiG) and the School of Data Science (SDS). CCI has distinct research strengths in AI & Machine Learning, Cybersecurity & Privacy, Computational Bioinformatics & Genomics, Human-Centered Design, High-Performance Computing and CS education. Located in Charlotte, the largest and fastest growing city in the Carolinas, CCI engages with the community and neighboring industries around common social, research, and development initiatives. The College is an active innovation partner with every major industry in the region.
The College’s curricula, pedagogy, and administrative structures are designed to be modern, agile, adaptable, and socially responsible. CCI enrolls and graduates one of the most diverse student populations in the country. CCI graduates the largest number of women, the largest number of Black students, and the largest number of Hispanics in the Carolinas. It was featured in a 2020 Communications of the ACM article and presented as a model of inclusive excellence for other computing programs. At the Masters level, CCI has been broadening its offerings to meet the growing needs of lifelong learning for professional development and personal growth.
The College has a vibrant and innovative research program with a current annual expenditure of more than $10M/year. Nine faculty members are NSF Career awardees and five were ranked among the top two-percent of scientists in the world based on the study conducted and published in 2020. The CCI faculty research and programs rank high in almost every metric (Visualization top 30, parallel and high performance computing (PHPC) top 40, and Robotics top 45). Expertise in the college is clustered around the scientific foundations of computing and algorithms; the engineering of complex, high performance, reliable, and secure computing systems; the nature and quality of collaborations between humans and computing systems; and the use of computational methods to understand, predict, and affect biological and human systems. By design, the college’s research is driven by a balance between an unbounded curiosity for fundamental questions and an urgent sense of mission to affect the important issues we face as a society. Cross-pollination between the researchers and the disciplines is highly encouraged and supported. This is what led, for example, to the creation of the School of Data Science, a school grounded in CCI and composed of faculty from four other university colleges interested in the application and use of data analytics to a wide range of areas from genomics, to political science, criminal justice, misinformation detection, to education.
The college has more than 20 faculty members whose primary area is in Artificial Intelligence. Research includes machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, robotic collaboration, augmented reality, visualization, and high performance computing. Our research is supported by NSF, NIH, DOE, DARPA, and DoEd. Two CCI teams each received a $1M from the NSF convergence program. Four of our AI faculty are CAREER awardees and one is an AAAI Feigenbaum Awardee. Research centers in the college include the Ribersky Center for Visual Analytics, which promotes the science of visual analytics and advances in interactive visualization for attacking key real world applications. The college, through SDS, runs an annual conference on data analytics, highly attended by the local fintech and other industries. CCI also houses an Industry - University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) site in Visual and Decision Informatics. We have partnerships in AI with the Electric Power Research Institute, Intel, Lowe’s, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, and Duke University Medical Center.
For more than 20 years, cybersecurity and privacy has been a cornerstone of CCI’s education and research. CCI was one of the first colleges to obtain the designation of Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research by the National Security Agency in recognition of the wide range of cybersecurity educational programs and cutting-edge research conducted by its faculty and students to enable industry and government professionals to protect their organizations from cyber threats. CCI hosts an annual symposium in Cybersecurity every fall, attended each year by more than 700 professionals. CCI also houses an IUCRC site in Cyber Security Analytics and Automation.
In line with the national trend towards cross disciplinary research with a focus on impact, CCI has been growing its research imprint and collaboration as measured by the number of collaborative proposals, the number of ongoing collaborations with other disciplines and the focus on mitigating current and future risks. The relevance and impact of the research of our bioinformatics faculty in understanding the genetic signatures of viruses and their mutational trajectories came to full light during Covid-19 epidemics and reinforced the need to redouble these areas of focus. The application of their work to wastewater testing in student living spaces was featured in the New York Times in 2020. One of the new interdisciplinary research awards is the site of an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC), Precision Microbiome Engineering Research center (PreMiEr), led by Duke University.