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Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Required Documents to be uploaded:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Brief Research Statement (2 page maximum)
  4. Brief Teaching Statement (2 page maximum)
  5. 2 Publications
Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18010
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Suzie Hockel
406-994-4780
suzanne.hockel@montana.edu

Classification Title Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Brief Position Overview

Tenure-track position with primary responsibilities developing a nationally-recognized, externally funded research program, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the candidate’s background, and participating in professional/service activities.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant
Position Number TBD
Department Computer Science
Division College of Engineering
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester Fall & Spring
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Gianforte School of Computing, housed in the College of Engineering, invites applications for one or more full-time tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor with primary responsibilities in research, teaching and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Computer Science program. Duties will include developing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, teaching and developing courses consistent with the candidate’s background and participating in professional/service activities.

Because increasing diversity of the computing profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program; produce scholarly works; contribute to Computer Science undergraduate and graduate instruction, mentoring and advising; and participate in professional/service/outreach activities.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. PhD in Computer Science or related field by start date.
  2. Potential to build a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program.
  3. Evidence of scholarly and professional achievements commensurate with experience.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Research expertise that enhances our organization’s capabilities and strengths. We will consider all areas of computer science, and would especially welcome candidates in the broad areas of data science (inclusive of database systems, data mining, data analytics, applied computing, visualization, intelligent systems, security, etc.) and systems.
  2. Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Computer Science program. Ability to promote the advancement of diversity and inclusion in computer science.
The Successful Candidate Will

Be a dynamic researcher and communicator who has: excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to inspire and mentor students; the ability to establish a funded research program; the potential to teach in a diverse University community; the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed; and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department

The Gianforte School of Computing, housed in the College of Engineering, offers PhD, MS and ABET-accredited BS degrees in Computer Science. Approximately 490 BS students, 25 MS students and 25 PhD students are supported by twelve full time faculty. Due to the pervasive nature of computing, our research collaborators include a wide range of other academic departments, campus research centers and industry. We are on an exciting growth trajectory that enabled us to transition from a Computer Science Department into a School of Computing in Fall 2016. We anticipate continuing growth as computing becomes increasingly instrumental to the success of the university’s research enterprise and to the region’s burgeoning industry.

The College

The College of Engineering comprises five academic units – Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Gianforte School of Computing, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and is home to the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), Western Transportation Institute (WTI), Montana Microfabrication Facility (MMF), Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC), and Army and Air Force ROTC Units. The College enrolls approximately 3,900 students with more than 200 studying in graduate degree programs. Doctoral degree programs include a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Engineering with options in the fields of Applied Mechanics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

With a wide array of research programs in progress, MSU engineering faculty and students have garnered an impressive number of awards. In the past five years, MSU engineering students have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including two Rhodes Scholarships, a Marshall Fellowship, a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, as well as eight Goldwater scholarships. Excitement in the College is building in anticipation of the new Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center (NAIC) expected to be completed in Fall 2018. This innovative facility will transform engineering education and scholarly activity at MSU.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies One or more
Desired Start Date August 15, 2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and continue until an adequate applicant pool is established or the position is filled. Candidates are welcome to submit applications at any time.

Special Instructions

Required Documents to be uploaded:


  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Brief Research Statement (2 page maximum)
  4. Brief Teaching Statement (2 page maximum)
  5. 2 Publications

Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
  4. Research Statement (max 2 pages)
  5. Publication #1
  6. Publication #2
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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