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Open-Rank Tenure-Track Professor of Computer Science in Computational Biology

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Open-Rank Tenure-Track Professor of Computer Science in Computational Biology

Norman, OK
Open Date:
Dec 2, 2021

As part of a sustained, multiyear, strategic growth initiative, the School of Computer Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering (GCoE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position in the area of Computational Biology, open at any rank (assistant, associate, or full professor). We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to be integral contributors to the advancement of our inclusive and diverse communities. The candidate who fills this position should look to support OU’s strategic research verticals on The Future of Health and Society and Community Transformation; be prepared to engage in multi-college, multi-campus research; be capable of dealing with large, complex data from areas such as healthcare and medicine including furthering collaborations between the School of Computer Science and the OU Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, both located in Oklahoma City, just 17 miles from the Norman Campus.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 31,000 students and has more than 2900 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In Fall 2019, approximately 23% of OU's freshmen were first-generation students, 33% of all students belonged to a minority race/ethnicity, and 6% were international. The School of Computer Science is growing rapidly in size, diversity, and impact. As of Fall 2021, it has two dozen faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds and more than 700 students; features initiatives such as CS INCLUDES to foster inclusion and equity as well as vibrant research and teaching programs aligned with OU’s strategic plan; and is a key partner in OU’s world-class Data Science and Analytics Institute.

The University of Oklahoma invests in its faculty by providing support and resources through our Center for Faculty Excellence and Vice President for Research and Partnerships Office. The Gallogly College of Engineering supports faculty development through mentoring, new faculty orientation series, and access to research and educational supports. We encourage candidates to apply who are seeking to work in a rapidly growing college, in collegial interdisciplinary groups, and in strong academic units. We encourage people from groups historically minoritized in computer science and STEM, including women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, veterans, people from low-income backgrounds, persons who were the first in their family to attend college, and all other systemically minoritized groups to apply.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field and be able to effectively conduct and lead research, form research collaborations, teach computer science courses at all levels, and advise M.S. and Ph.D. students. We are excited to consider appointments at all ranks as appropriate to the qualifications of the applicant. More senior positions require concomitant levels of experience beyond the doctorate.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for teaching as well as research. Excellent and innovative instruction, development of innovative research projects, an ethos of care and support of students, effective mentorship and guidance of research-active students, and a commitment to inclusive environments in the classroom, office, and labs are all critical characteristics of the successful candidate.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio at

To apply, please submit the following materials: 1) a letter of interest; 2) complete curriculum vitae; 3) a list of three people who can serve as references (with full mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers); 4) brief (~2-3 pages each) statements of (a) research, (b) teaching, and (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 5) 2-3 papers that best represent research contributions and scholarship. The research statement should summarize your prior contributions to research and your goals for developing a research program at OU. The teaching statement should summarize past instructional and mentorship experiences, your pedagogical philosophy, plans/goals for teaching at OU (including existing and proposed courses) and advising a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. The diversity, equity, and inclusion statement should summarize your understanding and experience working with diverse communities and outline plans for contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through research, teaching, and service.

Professor Dean F. Hougen, Associate Director of the School of Computer Science and Co-Chair of the search committee, would be happy to answer any questions you may have about this position at [email protected]. We will begin processing applications starting February 1, 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

 The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.


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