Monday, November 07, 2011

The Annual Fall Jobs Post

For these looking for an academic job in computer science next year, best to start on the jobs pages of the CRA and the ACM. Both lists seem long this year, perhaps the job market is finally beginning to pick up.
Also check out the postdoc opportunities on Theory Announcements.

Feel free to list other job opportunities in the comments.

My department has two faculty positions for next year. Neither one specifically in theoretical computer science but we do plan to treat the areas broadly.

My advice: Apply widely, the job market is quite unpredictable. Put real effort into your research statement and be sure your CV is informative yet concise. Most importantly: Choose your letter writers well.


  1. How do people choose letter writers?

    The question might be: how do committee members read letters?

    I've heard that some ignore letters from people they don't know. Really?

    One choice some people may face:
    no-name and much to say (close interaction) vs.
    big-name and not so much to say (less-close interaction)

    Any thoughts?

  2. Don't forget the CCI jobs site ( which remains a good source of information for postdocs and faculty positions specific to theory.

  3. Northeastern University, Boston, is hiring in all major areas in Computer and Information Science: We particularly welcome researchers in cryptography with an interest in security.

  4. A former student of mine, now on the faculty at California State University Fullerton, tells me that they're hiring faculty this year. It's definitely a teaching rather than a research job, though — that is, they expect you to continue doing some research, but the teaching load is higher than it would be at a research university, and you can't expect to teach only advanced classes in your specialty.

  5. As a job seeker, I find the ACM jobs site impossible to use/navigate.

  6. UCLA CS is hiring in all areas of CS, with multiple tenure-track openings. Theory candidates (especially in algorithms) are encouraged to apply!

  7. A paper has been published about P versus NP in IEEE. Follow the arguments in my blog with some comments for dummies and the corresponding links of the published paper and the preprint(in spanish and english):

  8. IMT Lucca ( is looking for post-docs and assistant professors (11 positions in all) in quantitative analysis of social and economic systems and complex networks. Deadlines for applications are coming up quick, but you can find all the details on the website.

  9. UMD will be hiring as well. Our ad will go out shortly. Hiring will be
    quite broad this year and we have several positions.

  10. IMT Lucca is looking for tenured faculty with a background in mathematics, engineering, computer science, economics, or physics, with research experience in domains such as (but not limited to) management science and quantitative finance, risk analysis, numerical analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining. Deadline to apply is December 31st; see for more info and the online form.

  11. Northwestern is hiring with multiple positions in Theory (and also in databases.)

  12. The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (MSCS)
    of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has tenure track openings
    across all areas of mathematics, statistics and mathematical computer
    science (MCS) -- this includes theoretical computer science.
    See for details. Application is
    by November 3, 2014 through MathJobs. There are postdoc opportunities as well.

    Please note that the MSCS department at UIC is different from the
    CS department at UIC, which is doing a separate search.

    For information about MCS at UIC please see

    Gyorgy Turan