Thursday, October 15, 2015

2015 Fall Jobs Post

When the 2014 fall jobs post is our most popular post, you know it is time for the 2015 jobs post. This year instead of (or in addition to) posting your jobs in the comments, post your theory jobs to Theoretical Computer Science Jobs site coordinated by Boaz Barak.

For job searchers the standard official sites for CS faculty jobs are the the CRA and the ACM. Check out postdocs and other opportunities on the TCS Jobs site mentioned above and Theory Announcements. It never hurts to check out the webpages of departments or to contact people to see if positions are available. Even if theory is not listed as a specific hiring priority you may want to apply anyway since some departments may hire theorists when other opportunities to hire dry up.

Many if not most computer science department should be trying to expand again this year to keep up with ever growing enrollments. Hiring in theoretical computer science is harder to predict, not likely to be a priority in many departments. You can make yourself more valuable by showing a willingness to participate and teach beyond core theory. Machine learning, data science and information security are areas of great need where theorists can play a large role.

Don't ignore postdoc and lecturer positions that will give you some extra training and a stronger CV for future searchers. Think global--there are growing theory groups around the world.

Good luck out there and I look forward to seeing your names on the Spring 2016 jobs post.


  1. Thanks Lance for plugging the TCS jobs site!

    At Harvard we are hiring for faculty positions in CS, and while TCS is not one of the main focus area, this is a broad search, see

    We are also looking for postdocs. In addition to postdoc opportunities with faculty in our group, this year we are happy to announce the inaugural Michael O. Rabin postdoctoral fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science. See for more details.

  2. Penn is hiring for multiple positions: TCS is not a main focus area, but machine learning, "cybersecurity", and several other high-level application areas are, which could be filled by people with theoretical inclinations.

    And as always, we are looking for Warren Center postdoctoral Fellows, which definitely includes TCS:

  3. The Computer Science Department at Boston University has multiple openings in all areas:
    Notice that one area of particular focus for this search is Algorithms.

  4. Aw, no Google Doc? I found it incredibly useful to see all the theory job searches listed in a single document in past years. Maybe Boaz (or someone) can extract a spreadsheet from the submitted ads?

    Illinois has multiple faculty positions available this year. Theoretical computer science is one of the focus areas for the search; other theory-friendly focus areas include machine learning, security/prrivacy, and computational biology. Here's the official ad:

    I am the chair of the search committee; feel free to contact me with any questions!

  5. Dartmouth is hiring for two positions. One in Theory. One in Security or ML. Ads here:

  6. Washington University in St. Louis has an open search for one position in any area of CS this year. As far as I am aware, there are no preconceptions about what kind of candidate we are after; we are simply trying to hire the strongest candidate possible. So even though the department made two hires in TCS two years ago, I would encourage candidates in TCS to apply. See the advertisement for more about the department:

  7. Colorado is hiring three positions, and one of the focus areas is theory:

  8. IT University of Copenhagen is hiring multiple faculty. Theory friendly areas of interest include security and machine learning. More info at

    In addition, the Scalable Similarity Search project seeks a post-doc from fall 2016. Contact Rasmus Pagh or visit to learn more.

  9. UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Science has multiple open positions in data science. We will be considering theorists under this general scope. Areas of interests include but not limited to learning theory, scalable algorithms, dynamical systems, game theory etc. If you have any question, feel free to contact me.

    There are open positions in security and privacy as well, which may be of interest to the cryptographers.

    The official ad is here:

  10. The University of California, Santa Barbara invites applicants for two tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Computer Science, effective July 1, 2016. We are looking for exceptional individuals from all areas of computer science, and are especially interested in the broad areas of Big Data and Physical Computing.

  11. The University of California, Santa Barbara invites applicants for two tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Computer Science, effective July 1, 2016. We are looking for exceptional individuals from all areas of computer science, and are especially interested in the broad areas of Big Data and Physical Computing.

    The official as is here:

  12. postdoc in Approximation Algorithms at U. of Alberta. See:

  13. Northeastern University is looking to hire *at least five* tenure-track faculty at any level and in any area of CS. Theory is one of the specific areas we're looking at. Senior candidates are especially encouraged to apply. See the link for more info

  14. Caltech's department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) is hiring junior faculty in all areas of computing. We're looking for candidates in all areas of CS, and, in line with the specificity of Caltech and CMS, even further: candidates whose research demonstrates strong connections to other fields, including the physical, biological, mathematical, and social sciences will be particularly appreciated!

    Official ad is here, with a deadline on Dec. 1st.

  15. Aarhus University is looking for Assistant Professors (Tenure Track) and Associate Professors.

    "Data-Intensive systems", and "Machine Learning" are of special interest, but applicants within other research areas are also very welcome. Deadline Jan 15th.

  16. We have an open postdoc position in algorithms/AGT at U. Wisconsin-Madison:

    Contact me if you have any questions.

  17. The theory group at IBM Almaden Research is recruiting!

    We anticipate positions for:
    -- a research staff member;
    -- a post-doctoral researcher;
    -- summer research interns (don't know how many yet).

    For more information, please see

  18. Postdoc position in computational complexity at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (deadline January 24, 2016)

    The Theory Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position in computational complexity.

    The application deadline is January 24, 2016. More information and instructions how to apply can be found at . Informal enquiries are welcome and may be sent to .

  19. Postdoc positions in computational complexity at Charles University (deadline January 20, 2016) and at Math Institute in Prague.

    for more details on the positions at Charles University
    and for the position at the Math Institute.

  20. We have just announced a search at Duke. Among the focus areas are machine learning, optimization, and cs-econ. For details, please see:

  21. Tenure-trace position with a preference for theory at Indiana State University. The ad is at