AI/ML SUNY Empire Innovation Professor

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: Watson, SUNY EIP
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Sep 15, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 8240 / 552
Position ID:: 167549

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University invites applications for 2 open faculty positions at the Full or Associate professor levels, with a planned start date of Jan 2024 or Fall 2024. Outstanding candidates at the Assistant Professor level may also be considered.

We invite prominent researchers in the interdisciplinary fields of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data science and their applications to complex societal problems. We seek, specifically, candidates who conduct and lead research in the design, development and implementation of advanced AI/ML and data theoretic approaches in socially relevant application domains including healthcare and public health, health disparities and equity, agriculture and food security, pandemic and natural disaster prevention and preparedness and energy and environment sustainability. Candidates should possess deep scientific and technical knowledge in the use of AI and Data Science to solve wicked problems and have proven experience in the application of these methodologies in one or more of the domains above. Ideal candidates will possess the fundamental expertise and the interest to apply and or translate their applied knowledge to different domains of critical importance. Expertise in AI ethics and policy are especially valued as is social systems intelligence and human centric AI.

Successful candidates will be expected to present a clear research vision and a strategic plan for securing research funding. They will be an integral part of the AI and Data Science cluster and join a team of exceptional researchers from across Watson College with expertise and passion to leverage advances in AI for solving complex socio-economic challenges of national and global priority. They may also establish fruitful cross-disciplinary collaborations with faculty in other schools within the University as well as with Watson College's strategic academic, federal and non-profit research partners. The EIP hires will have a direct role in the growth of the University's education programs related to artificial intelligence.

The positions advertised here are supported by the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire Innovation Program (EIP), a key initiative of the State of New York. EIP professors are recognized leaders in their fields with international reputation for outstanding research, established track records of scholarly achievements, high-impact publications and significant external funding. Faculty hired in this position at the Full or Associate Professor level will have the title, "SUNY Empire Innovation Professor" or "SUNY Empire Innovation Associate Professor" depending on their appointment rank. Faculty hired at the Assistant Professor level will have the title "SUNY Chancellors Early Career Scholar".

Binghamton University currently enrolls over 18,000 students and Watson College has over 3,100 students across its five departments (Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Science and Industrial Engineering) and two specialized programs (Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Design Division). The engineering school maintains close collaborations with other colleges within the University including the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in research and scholarship. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment, and seek applicants whose research, teaching and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in education and particularly in the interdisciplinary fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and data science, who share our goal, and in particular, underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Binghamton University has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Categorized as a highest research activity (R1) institution in the Carnegie Classification system, the University offers range of master's and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, nursing, and other professional programs. A premier research university, Binghamton is one of four SUNY university centers and currently generates over $48M in annual research expenditures. The National Academies, Fulbright, Ford, and Guggenheim have recognized the scholarship of the campus' faculty, and the University manages grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York State, and industry partners.

Binghamton University's unique program for convergence research, the Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAE), brings together faculty from across the campus to address problems of national relevance and societal importance. Of the six TAEs, two, namely, the Health Sciences TAE and the Data Sciences TAE, are closely aligned with the focus areas of this position and the EIP hire with expertise into AI, ML, and health sciences will have the opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to research efforts under these TAEs. The University also has a strong industry funded portfolio of AI research focused on AI tools and applications in healthcare (see, for example,;;


Candidates must have a doctorate in an engineering or computer science discipline or a closely related field, and must have outstanding research credentials including proven research leadership, strong record of scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and citations and a strong record of securing external funding in the area of Artificial Intelligence on closely related domains with a focus on socially relevant applications. In addition, candidates must have demonstrated experience as an effective instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

To apply: Applicants must provide a current curriculum vitae, a vision statement for high-impact research in AI/ML addressing critical societal challenges, a diversity statement (which describes your teaching, research and/or leadership experience and evidence in fostering and supporting diverse populations including first generation students, students and researchers from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and international students, and how these experiences would contribute to enhancing the diversity and climate of College and University), and contact information of at least three references (who will be contacted only with the candidate's permission if/as needed). For full consideration, candidates should submit their application materials by November 30, 2023; applications will continue to be accepted after this date until the position is filled. The State University of New York and Binghamton University are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at:


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Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

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Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

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Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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