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Thursday, October 26, 2017

2017 Fall Jobs Post

You're finishing up grad school or a postdoc and ask yourself what should I do for the rest of my life? We can't answer that for you but we can help you figure out your options in the annual fall jobs post. We focus mostly on the academic jobs. You could work in industry but there's nothing like choosing your own research directions and working directly with students and taking pride in their success.

For computer science faculty positions best to look at the ads from the CRA and the ACM. For theoretical computer science specific postdoc and faculty positions check out TCS Jobs and Theory Announcements. AcademicKeys also lists a number of CS jobs. If you have jobs to announce, please post to the above and/or feel free to leave a comment on this post.

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. Think global--there are growing theory groups around the world and in particular many have postdoc positions to offer.

The computer science job market remains hot with most CS departments trying to hire multiple faculty. Many realize the importance of having a strong theory group, but it doesn't hurt if you can tie your research to priority areas like big data, machine learning and security.

Remember in your research statement, your talk and your interview you need to sell yourself as a computer scientist, not just a theorist. Show interest in other research areas and, especially in your 1-on-1 meetings, find potential ways to collaborate. Make the faculty in the department want you as a colleagues not just someone hiding out proving theorems.

Good luck to all on the market and can't wait for our Spring 2017 jobs post to see where you all end up.

22 comments:

  1. UIC's Math (MSCS) department, is looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to join the Mathematical Computer Science (MCS) group, which includes all areas of theoretical computer science (and other fields too). The full-consideration deadline is December 10th. Applications are accepted via mathjobs, here: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/10863.

    For more info on the MCS group within the Math department, see: http://homepages.math.uic.edu/~mcs/. And here's some info about the TCS efforts at UIC: http://theory.cs.uic.edu/.

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  2. UMass Amherst has one opening "for an Assistant or Associate level Professor in Theoretical Computer Science with a preference for candidates whose work is related to Data Science including, but not limited to, theoretical aspects of machine learning, privacy, game theory, optimization, and algorithms for processing large data sets and graphs." Best to apply by December 15.

    https://www.cics.umass.edu/job/assistantassociate-professor-data-science-theory

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  3. Two Canada Research Chair positions in Data Science (Tier 1, 2), at the University of Ottawa's Department of Maths and Stats. Hurry up! Deadline is November 15th!

    https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/10547

    https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/10548

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  4. Postdoc at Caltech's CMI:

    Caltech's Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI) has openings in the CMI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, for positions beginning in Fall 2018.

    Deadline: December 15, 2017
    Webpage: http://www.cmi.caltech.edu/positions.shtml
    Email: vidick@cms.caltech.edu

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  5. In the theory group at the department of Computer Science of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, there are openings for

    one assistant professor in algorithms (W1)
    (Deadline November 9,
    http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/service/stellen/prof/index.html)

    and

    two postdocs (up to 3 year) in algorithms and complexity
    (http://www.mi.fu-berlin.de/inf/groups/ag-ti/,
    Contact: mulzer@inf.fu-berlin.de)

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  6. Associate Professorship/Professorship in Algorithms and Complexity Theory at the University of Oxford.

    Deadline: 12.00 noon (UK time) 5 January 2018
    Advert: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/news/1383-full.html

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  7. Washington University in St. Louis has tenure-track openings in Computer Science & Engineering. In particular, data privacy is a focus of this year's search, which would be favorable to theory candidates. The deadline for applications is December 15.

    Apply at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10124

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  8. The Computer Science Department at Rutgers University invites applications for a Tenure-Track position focusing on Algorithms and Foundations of Computer Science. Our priority is to search for an Assistant Professor, but invite applications at all levels.

    Deadline January 12.

    https://www.cs.rutgers.edu/employment/tenure-track-position-in-algorithms-and-foundations-of-computer-science

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  9. CS department at UIUC plans to hire multiple faculty. We are also looking for a Head of the Department. Security/crypto/privacy, (applied) machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, and several other areas with overlap in theory are some of the priority areas though the call is open. There are also Chaired professorships under the umbrella of data science. Several teaching faculty positions as well. More information available at the link below.

    https://cs.illinois.edu/about-us/faculty-positions

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  10. To elaborate on Standa's comment above on the position at Oxford, note that Associate Professor at Oxford corresponds to US Assistant/Associate Professor. We are looking for applicants at any level, including postdocs/graduating PhD students.

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  11. Imperial College London's Department of Computing has 4 openings for the assistant/associate professor levels. While there are focus areas, exceptional candidates in all areas (including theory) will be given full consideration.

    https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/ENG00005/four-lectureships-or-senior-lectureships

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  12. Tufts Computer Science has multiple tenure track openings. While our ad did not list theory explicitly as a focus area, we have just learned that Prof. Anselm Blumer will be retiring, so we are now also actively looking in all areas of theory as well!!
    http://www.cs.tufts.edu/Jobs/employment-opportunities.html

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  13. There is an opening for two postdoctoral positions in math and computer science:

    http://milyon.universite-lyon.fr/en/appels-doffres/contrats-post-doctoraux/
    http://milyon.universite-lyon.fr/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/11/Milyon_call_postdocs_2018.pdf

    Deadline: January 10th 2018

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  14. University of Michigan is hiring in all areas of computer science, including theory. We have a chaired position in theory open, but are interested in theory applications at any level. http://eecs.umich.edu/eecs/jobs/

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  15. CU Boulder CS Theory solicits applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship beginning 2018! The postdoc will be hosted by Professors Alex Kolla and Joshua Grochow. Our theory group works on a wide variety of topics, from core areas such as algorithms, complexity, and cryptography, to connections with other fields such as machine learning, algebraic geometry, economics, dynamical systems, biology, and control theory. Prof. Kolla works on spectral graph theory, the Unique Games Conjecture, convex programming, and quantum computing, and Prof. Grochow works on algebraic/geometry complexity theory, algebraic algorithms (group isomorphism, matrix multiplication), and complex networks. Check us out at https://www.colorado.edu/cs-theory/.

    Boulder is a great place to live, especially if you love the outdoors. Great weather, great hiking, biking, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

    Competitive salary. Expected term 2 years (technically 1-year with 1-year renewal).

    Deadline: Jan 31, 2018
    https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=11598

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  16. The IBM Almaden theory group has openings for research staff members; please see http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view_group_subpage.php?id=4491.

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  17. Faculty at Northeastern University, Boston


    Northeastern University, Boston, continues to hire at all levels and in all areas, including theory. In addition to a number of positions in the College of Computer Science, there is also a position joint with the Mathematics department that includes a focus on Data Science, Machine Learning, Discrete and Computational Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, or
    Topological Data Analysis.

    Website: https://www.ccis.northeastern.edu/open-positions/

    Theory Group: http://www.ccs.neu.edu/theory/index.html

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  18. PhD positions in TCS

    The TCS Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for PhD positions in theoretical computer science. The application deadline is January 21, 2018. See http://apc.csc.kth.se/D-2017-0885-Eng.php for the full announcement with more information and instructions how to apply. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be sent to apc@csc.kth.se .

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  19. Postdoc positions in TCS

    The TCS Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for postdoc positions in TCS. The application deadline is January 21, 2018. See http://apc.csc.kth.se/D-2017-0898-Eng.php for the full announcement with more information and instructions for how to apply. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be sent to apc@csc.kth.se .

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  20. Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor position at UNSW Sydney in Algorithms

    UNSW Sydney invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Algorithms.
    This is a convertible tenure-track employment contract in the School of Computer Science and Engineering with an initial fixed-term period of 5 years, convertible to continuing appointment based on satisfactory performance and there being sufficient productive work available.
    The remuneration is AUD 103K-164K per annum, depending on the level of appointment, plus 17% superannuation (retirement fund) and leave loading.
    Female applicants are strongly encouraged.

    Closing date: 23 February 2018 (midnight, Sydney time)

    UNSW Algorithms group: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~algo/
    Further details: https://applicant.cghrm.unsw.edu.au/psp/hrm/NS_CAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=60594&PostingSeq=1

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  21. PhD in CS focused on SAT solving at KTH

    The TCS Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for a PhD position in computer science focusing on algorithms for solving the Boolean satisfiability problem (SAT) very efficiently for large classes of instances, and on analyzing and understanding such algorithms. The application deadline is January 21, 2018. See http://www.csc.kth.se/~jakobn/openings/D-2017-0883-Eng.php for the full announcement with more information and instructions for how to apply. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be sent to jakobn@kth.se .

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  22. Postdoc in CS focused on SAT solving at KTH

    The TCS Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for postdoc positions in computer science focusing on algorithms for solving the Boolean satisfiability problem (SAT) very efficiently for large classes of instances, and on analyzing and understanding such algorithms. The application deadline is January 21, 2018. See http://www.csc.kth.se/~jakobn/openings/D-2017-0893-Eng.php for the full announcement with more information and instructions for how to apply. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be sent to jakobn@kth.se .

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