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Computer Science Open Positions

The Tulane Computer Science Department is seeking candidates for the following open positions to begin Fall 2018:


Faculty Positions

To Apply

Complete applications for the Yahoo! Founder Chair or the tenured/tenure-track open rank positions should include a CV, statements on research and on teaching, and at least three letters of recommendation.

Candidates interested in the Yahoo! Founder Chair position may access the electronic application via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46655. and candidates interested in the tenured/tenure-track open rank positions should apply electronically via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46694.

Complete applications for the Professor of Practice position should include a CV, a teaching statement, and documentation to validate excellence in teaching, including at least three letters of recommendation that address teaching.

Candidates interested in the Professor of Practice position may access the electronic application via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46634.

Applications for these positions will be reviewed starting January 1, 2018; the review and interview process will continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to final administrative approval.

The Tulane Computer Science Department anticipates multiple hires at all levels as it continues to build its program. Applications are encouraged from leading researchers who are attracted by the chance to develop a new program whose focus is equally on computer science and on its applications to the myriad of areas where computer science is having a fundamental effect on how research is conducted. We are especially interested in researchers who focus on areas around data science, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, networks, scientific visualization, databases, systems, cloud computing and related areas. The department currently has seven tenured / tenure stream faculty and one Professor of Practice; we anticipate attaining a critical mass of ten faculty within the next year, and a stable state of fifteen faculty within the following two - three years.

The areas of focus are:

Yahoo! Founder Chair: The Tulane Computer Science Department invites applications for the Yahoo! Founder Chair in Computer Science. The Yahoo! Founder Chair will be a pivotal appointment for our program, providing an anchor for our current research activities while developing new collaborations across the university. The successful candidate will provide leadership by enhancing existing research collaborations and establishing new ones both within the computer science department, within the School of Science and Engineering and across the other Tulane schools and colleges. We encourage applications from senior colleagues whose work is in an area related to data. The successful candidate will have excellent research credentials nationally and internationally, a record of substantial research funding and experience in leading multidisciplinary research projects, and an established record of excellent teaching at the undergraduate and PhD levels. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Potential candidates for this position are encouraged to contact Professor Michael Mislove, chair of the computer science department, at mislove@tulane.edu about their candidacy.

Tenured/Tenure-Track Open Rank Positions: The Tulane Computer Science Department invites applications for multiple open rank positions at the tenured or tenure-track level to begin in Fall 2018. Our faculty are active in research related to a number of areas, all of which feature applications of computer science and its underlying principles to other disciplines in the sciences and health sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. We welcome applications from candidates with similar research interests. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates in systems and networking, in machine learning and its applications, in graphics and large data, and in data more generally. The successful candidates will have outstanding research records that emphasize the application of computer science and its principles to research in related areas, have excellent teaching records, and have strong records of attracting research funding on a continued basis. Junior faculty who have postdoctoral experience establishing their research program and who ideally have teaching experience also are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2018, and continue until the positions are filled.

The two position categories above have the potential for a joint appointment with the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition .


Professor of Practice: The Tulane Computer Science Department invites applications for a Professor of Practice position to begin in Fall 2018. The duties include expanding our introductory course offerings, CMPS 1500 and CMPS 1600, and teaching a range of undergraduate courses including the Capstone Project required of all coordinate majors. Tulane Professors of Practice are regular faculty members with term appointments that are renewable as long as teaching and mentoring meet expectations and as long as there is a continued need for the position. Initial appointments are for three years; at the end of the second appointment period, the faculty member may be considered for promotion to Senior Professor of Practice, with a term of five years. The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level, including mentoring undergraduates in research projects. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2018, and continue until the positions are filled.

Electronic Applications

Complete applications for the Yahoo! Founder Chair or the tenured/tenure-track open rank positions should include a CV, statements on research and on teaching, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applications for these positions will be reviewed starting January 1, 2018; the review and interview process will continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to final administrative approval.

Candidates interested in the Yahoo! Founder Chair position may access the electronic application via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46655.

Candidates interested in the tenured/tenure-track open rank positions should apply electronically via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46694.

Complete applications for the Professor of Practice position should include a CV, a teaching statement, and documentation to validate excellence in teaching, including at least three letters of recommendation that address teaching.

Candidates interested in the Professor of Practice position should apply electronically via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46634.

Tulane University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / ADA Employer that is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We therefore encourage applications from underrepresented groups.


Information about the Computer Science Department and about Tulane University

The Tulane Computer Science department was re-established in July 2012. We currently have seven tenured/tenure-track faculty, each of whom is working on applying computer science to related areas of research. These areas include structural computational biology, computational geometry, artificial intelligence and computational social choice, scientific visualization and large data, and computational models for classical and quantum computing. We also have a professor of practice who oversees our undergraduate program. Overall, our goal is to achieve a critical mass of ten tenured/tenure-track faculty within the next two years, and a stable state of fifteen faculty within another two - three years.

The department offers an undergraduate coordinate major in computer science. The focus of the program is to produce computer scientists who understand the application of computer science and its principles to one of the myriad related areas of research strength at Tulane. Each student is required to complete a capstone project that demonstrates the application of computer science and its principles to a related area in which the student is also doing research. The related area is usually the student’s primary major, but any academic area in which the student is working can be the focus of the project.

The department also offers a PhD program as well as an Interdisciplinary PhD program. Our areas of hiring emphasis are aimed at broadening the range of expertise in the department to provide the breadth expected of leading PhD programs.

More information about the faculty and their research interests can be found via the Computer Science Department home page.

The Tulane Computer Science Department is housed in the School of Science and Engineering, which has strong research representation in a number of areas that are relevant to the searches we are conducting. View Departments »

Included among these are:


There also are strong links to the health sciences, including:



The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition is an independent not-for-profit research institute of the State University System of Florida. IHMC has grown into one of the nation’s premier research institutes with multiple university and industry affiliations and more than 100 researchers and staff investigating a broad range of topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines. Current active research areas include: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, robotics and exoskeletons, advanced interfaces and displays, cyber security, communication and collaboration, linguistics, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, big data and machine learning, and other related areas. IHMC researchers receive funding from a wide range of government and private sources. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, NSF, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, NIH, IARPA, DOT, IDEO, Raytheon, IBM, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Lockheed, SAIC, and many others.

Tulane has close ties with IHMC — Both Prof. K. Brent Venable and Prof. Parisa Kordjamshidi have joint appointments at IHMC. New appointments in the Yahoo! Founder Chair or tenured/tenure-track open rank positions could have similar joint appointments splitting time between Tulane and IHMC. In addition to someone who shares interests with Prof. Venable and Prof. Kordjamshidi, the areas of particular interest include:


  • Machine Learning and Big Data, which are becoming enabling technologies for other areas of joint interest — cyber security and natural language to name two
  • Natural language and dialogue systems, which is one of IHMC’s strengths
  • Ad hoc networks and the related area of Agile Computing, which have strong representation at IHMC.

IHMC is a leader in robotics, particularly walking robots and exoskeletons, areas that already have representation at Tulane in the Biomedical Engineering Department.


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