University of Alberta, Department of Computing Science

Position ID:UAlberta-Department of Computing Science-ASSTPROFCS2021 [#17845]
Position Title: Two Contingent Tenure-track Assistant Professor Positions in Computing Science
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Edmonton, Alberta T6G2E8, Canada [map]
Subject Areas: Computer Science / Artificial intelligence and machine learning, Compilers, Databases, Distributed Systems, Mobile Computing, Networks, Software Engineering and Systems, Systems, Social, Legal, and Ethical Implications
Appl Deadline:2021/02/14 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/12/22, updated 2020/12/21)
Position Description:    

The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta invites applications for two Assistant Professor positions starting on July 1, 2021. The appointments are subject to annual performance evaluations and continued funding.

The main areas of interest are: Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML), Databases, Systems, and Network Science. The following research topics are of particular interest:

 â—     Responsible AI, e.g.,

○     Security and robustness

○     Privacy

○     Interpretability

●     AI and Network Science, e.g.,

○     Mobile and crowdsensing applications

○     Smart buildings / cities

○     Energy and memory efficiency

○     Federated learning

●     Data management and AI/ML systems, e.g.,

○     Database management systems

○     Cloud and serverless database management

○     AI for DevOps (and vice-versa)

○     Software systems/programming/compilers to support AI/ML

Successful candidates may be considered as nominees for a funded/endowed research chair position, e.g., a Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair, if the appointment advances the strategic considerations of the Department of Computing Science and of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute.

According to the department is ranked #1 in Canada and averaged #4 in the world in terms of number of publications at top AI venues in the last 10 years.  It is noteworthy that the 2017 Government of Canada Budget included an investment of $125 million into a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy which features a major investment in research at the University of Alberta.  The department is home to 51 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, and nearly 300 graduate students in its Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs. The University of Alberta is home to over 40,000 undergraduate students from 156 countries (divided roughly as 80% undergraduate and 20% graduate students) and 600 postdoctoral fellows.

Successful candidates will have strong communication skills and also demonstrate a commitment to highly effective graduate and undergraduate teaching. They will establish their own funded research programs, supervise graduate students, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Strong potential for productive interactions with researchers in the Department or in other disciplines at the University of Alberta will be considered an asset. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree by the appointment date.  

Equity, diversity and inclusivity are important to the University of Alberta ( Hence, applicants should clearly explain, in their submitted statements (see below) how they will address EDI issues in their research and teaching. 

Applicants are asked to submit the following (all documents must be clearly identified with proper headers and collated into a single document in PDF format):

  • a full curriculum vitae,

  • a 1-2 page research statement which should (1) highlight contributions to their field of research, (2) present an overview of their planned research program for ~5 years after initial appointment, and (3) describe how the candidate will interact, collaborate with and complement other researchers at the University of Alberta, 

  • a 1-2 page teaching statement including their experience and interests,

  • a 1-2 page statement about equity, diversity and inclusion with regard to research and teaching,

  • their most significant peer-reviewed published contribution to their field of research

  • contact information of three references who will submit confidential letters about the applicant's accomplishments and potential as an independent researcher.

We strongly encourage applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas at the University and in our Department.

All applications are to be submitted (as a single PDF file) at, and complete applications and all reference letters must be received by February 14, 2021 for full consideration. Note that pending travel and other restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic, all of the recruiting process may need to be completed remotely and online. If interviews are completed in person, interviewees will have the opportunity to express the need for any accommodations, e.g., related to one’s mobility, dietary or child care.

For further information, please email Kathleen Dean, the Department Chair’s Executive Assistant, at (using “Contingent Faculty Positions 2021” as the email’s subject).

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.  The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply. 

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Department of Computing Science
2-52 Athabasca Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E8
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