University of British Columbia, Department of Computer Science

Position ID:UBC-ComputerScience-RAP [#23592, JR10351]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1Z4, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Computer Science / Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Starting Date:2023/07/01
Appl Deadline:2022/12/12 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/11/08, finished 2023/06/17)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver invites applications from outstanding new investigators for one full time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of artificial intelligence or machine learning, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023. The department has an additional preference (but not a requirement) for candidates whose work makes interdisciplinary connections to Economics. Appointment at a higher rank may be considered for an applicant of exceptional qualifications and experience.

This position is offered as part of a new, interdisciplinary research cluster, AI Methods for Scientific Impact (AIM-SI) within UBC's Centre for AI Decision-making and Action (CAIDA). CAIDA consists of over 100 researchers whose research leverages AI; AIM-SI will hire 5 new faculty members across three departments: Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics; the first two were already hired last year. Those recruited will join over a dozen existing researchers who are highly active in the core AI Methods research community.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field and must demonstrate evidence of research success and a high potential to be leaders in their research field. The successful candidate should have a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience and will be expected to develop an independent research program in an area that complements existing Department expertise and aligns with opportunities at UBC. The successful candidate will be expected to effectively supervise Computer Science graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, obtain external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate Computer Science courses, and actively participate in departmental activities.

Candidates will have strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and a commitment to creating a welcoming community where those who are historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized are treated equitably, feel respected, and belong.

UBC is ranked as the top CS program in Canada and in the top 25 Computer Science departments worldwide, with over 2500 undergrads, 240 grads, and 64 faculty including 16 new hires in the past three years. Faculty members excel in both theory and methods research as well as collaborative research with domain-area experts.

The hiring process will involve a departmental hiring committee, which will follow the department’s standard hiring process and consider criteria for a faculty member in areas of research, teaching and service contributions, and an AIM-SI Steering Committee, which will assess whether the candidates short-listed by the departmental hiring committee satisfy the following criteria: (1) the candidate’s demonstrated focus on AI methods research and sustained record of publication either (i) at recognized AI-methods venues or (ii) of work that the Steering Committee judges meets the bars both for quality and for focus on AI Methods required for publication at such venues; and (2) candidate’s commitment to interdisciplinary scientific impact, based on publication record and an interdisciplinarity statement. This statement, with a maximum length of two pages, must explain the candidate's track record and future plans for AI methods research aiming at scientific impact. This statement must also describe and advocate for a workshop the candidate would be interested in helping to organize at UBC for both AIM-SI members and interdisciplinary researchers beyond the cluster.

Interested applicants should submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, a diversity statement, the interdisciplinarity statement described above, and the names of at least three references. In addition to surveying key themes in their past and future research, candidates may choose to use part of their research statement to explain why their research program should be understood as focusing on AI methods. The teaching statement should address the applicant’s teaching interests and provide a record of their teaching experience. The diversity statement should describe an applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body, as well as past, present, and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within a particular discipline.

All applications must be submitted online through Academic Jobs Online Review of applications will begin on December 12, 2022. Applications which are complete by this date, including the receipt of at least three reference letters, are guaranteed full consideration. The application website may remain open past that date at the discretion of the recruiting committee.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Applicants will be asked to complete an equity survey when submitting their application through Academic Jobs online. The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Applicants’ participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential and takes only a minute to complete. Applicants may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups, or may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing "not disclosed." All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Questions about the search can be directed to the committee chair, Dr. Kevin Leyton-Brown, at the address

*** Please do not apply via the UBC Career website. Applications made via the UBC Career website will not be reviewed. Please apply directly on the Academic Jobs Online application site ***

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