Research Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences Division

Illinois, United Staes
09 May 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Chicago: Physical Sciences Division: Department of Computer Science


Chicago, IL

Open Date

Jan 21, 2020


Computer Science, Machine Learning for Computer Networking

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago invites applications for a full-time Research Assistant Professor. Working in collaboration with a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science, the Research Assistant Professor will conduct original research and provide leadership for a research group working in Computer Science, with a particular focus on developing open-source software tools in support of large-scale, data-driven research projects in the area of communications networks and computer security. It is expected that the holder of this position will develop open-source software, publish research papers in top-tier computer science conferences and publication venues, and obtain grants, gifts, and/or contracts to fund the position. 

The Research Assistant Professor is expected to have considerable research experience in applications of machine learning to communications networks and a history of successful projects at the boundary of computer science and other disciplines. The Research Assistant Professor is expected to initiate and manage research projects with faculty, researchers, post-docs, and students, specifically with Professor Nick Feamster and his lab. The Research Assistant Professor should have extensive experience developing large-scale systems, managing large and distributed datasets, and executing scalable analyses using parallel and distributed computing infrastructure. Knowledge of existing machine learning software toolkits and libraries is also strongly desired. The Research Assistant Professor should have a strong publication record in Computer Science. 

The Research Assistant Professor will play an active role in obtaining and carrying out funded research, and will serve as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator on federal, foundation, and corporate research grants.

The University of Chicago has the highest standards for scholarship and faculty quality, is dedicated to fundamental research, and encourages collaboration across disciplines. We encourage connections with researchers across campus in such areas as bioinformatics, mathematics, molecular engineering, materials science, physics, and statistics to mention just a few. 

The Chicago metropolitan area provides a diverse and exciting environment. The local economy is vigorous, with international stature in banking, trade, commerce, manufacturing, and transportation, while the cultural scene includes diverse cultures, vibrant theater, world-renowned symphony, opera, jazz, and blues. The University is located in Hyde Park, a Chicago neighborhood on the Lake Michigan shore just a few minutes from downtown. 


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field. Applicants must have at least five years’ research experience, demonstrated success in writing grant proposals, a strong publication history, and a commitment to research.  

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Chicago's Academic Jobs website, which uses Interfolio: Applications are required to include a cover letter, the names of two external references, curriculum vitae, and a research statement. Additionally, applicants must submit two published or unpublished research papers. 

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Invited candidates will be required to present a Research Seminar.