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Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Computer Science - 318400

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Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Assistant Professor

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week:




Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications

Proposed Start Date:


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Department of Computer Science is a major research and teaching department at UNC Chapel Hill with over 40 tenure & teaching track faculty, and several research and adjunct faculty members, who serve 1,500+ undergraduate students and hundreds of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. It is the second oldest free standing computer science department in the United States. Teaching and research activities are currently assisted by nearly 200 graduate students. Twenty-four SHRA positions and eight EHRA-NF positions, including technical and administrative personnel, support the infrastructure of the department. The Department’s driving research ideal is collaboration – as it has been since the founding of the department in 1964. We believe that computer science’s greatest purpose in addition to developing foundational science and systems for computing is in working with other scientists to solve problems in their own disciplines. Therefore, we actively seek opportunities to generate new research with our colleagues and with scientists in other departments across campus, including in science, medicine, and the humanities. Several computer science faculty members have adjunct or joint appointments in other departments, lead large interdisciplinary research groups, and collaborate with colleagues from multiple universities across the Research Triangle, the United States, and across the world. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) established a School of Data Science and Society (SDSS) in 2022. This new school aims to contribute to the burgeoning field of data-oriented modeling and analysis, to solve pressing problems in healthcare, business, transportation, engineering, and other domains, and to study the implications of the usage of data science tools on society at large. The school is developing a core curriculum for training the next generation of data scientists at the undergraduate and graduate level. The BS and BA degrees are being developed collaboratively by CS, SDSS, and several other disciplines.

Position Summary:

The Department of Computer Science and the School of Data Science and Society (SDSS) invite applications at the rank of tenure track Assistant Professor with a starting date of July 01, 2024. We are seeking candidates who embrace excellence in research and teaching, and have a commitment to diversity, mentoring and collaboration. The CS Department is strong in areas such as machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, graphics, augmented and virtual reality, medical imaging, robotics, visualization, robotics, real-time systems, embedded and cyber-physical systems, formal verification, mobile computing, security and computer systems, and bioinformatics. We are specifically seeking candidates from all of these areas, who have a strong connection to data-driven methods in their research and teaching and can build bridges between these areas and data science. S/he will hold a 50-50 joint appointment at CS and at SDSS, with equally split teaching load, will be able to attract and advise graduate students from both units, and will also be conferred tenure from both units. The successful candidate will be expected to direct an independent research program supported by extramural funding, to participate in data science activities and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the CS department and SDSS.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Candidates must possess a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field by the start date of the appointment. Applicants must also have a strong record of research, teaching, and service commensurate with the level of the appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to direct an independent research program supported by external funding, to develop and participate in curriculum building initiatives, and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in coordination with other departments on the campus who are active in data science (e.g., MATH, CS, STOR, CAS, and SDSS).

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with primary expertise in one of the CS department’s core areas, at the intersection with data science including machine learning, and potential for developing significant collaborations. Consistent with current SDSS themes, candidates with some background in Artificial Intelligence and Health are particularly encouraged to apply.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

We will begin considering candidates after December 1, 2023, and candidates with all required materials submitted at that time will be given full consideration. However, we will continue accepting applications until the position is filled. The application materials should include the applicant’s cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, research & teaching statements, a list of 3 most important publications, and the names and contact information of 4 references. For further information on the CS department, please visit ; or SDSS


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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