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Assistant Professor - Human-Centered Computing

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Professor - Human-Centered Computing
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170152
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech ( seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position in human-centered computing. Exceptional candidates at higher ranks may also be considered.

Strong candidates from any area related to human-computer interaction, user experience, or interactive computing are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage applicants with interests in novel interactive experiences and technologies—including immersive environments (virtual reality and augmented reality), multi-sensory displays, multi-modal input, visualization, visual analytics, human-robot interaction, game design, and creative technologies.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Creativity & Innovation (C&I) Strategic Growth Area, one of several new university-wide initiatives at Virginia Tech (see The C&I Strategic Growth Area is focused on empowering partners and stakeholders to collaborate on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship efforts that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Faculty working together in this area comprise a vibrant ecosystem that melds the exploration of innovative technologies and the design of creative experiences with best practices for developing impact-driven and meaningful outcomes and solutions. Candidates with demonstrated experience in interdisciplinary teaching or research that aligns with the C&I vision ( are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have opportunities for collaboration in the interdisciplinary Center for Human-Computer Interaction ( that includes nearly 40 faculty across campus; the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology ( housed in the new Moss Arts Center; and the Discovery Analytics Center (

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or related field at the time of appointment and a rank-appropriate record of scholarship and collaboration in computing research, broadly defined. Successful candidates should give evidence of sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor graduate students, and develop a high-quality research program.

The department has 47 teaching faculty including 42 tenured or tenure-track faculty, over 800 undergraduate majors, and more than 250 graduate students. Departmental annual research expenditures over the last four years average $13 million. The department is in the College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 14th and graduate program ranks 27th among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR, 2017).

This position is located at the main campus in Blacksburg, VA, in a region that is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. The position requires occasional travel to professional meetings. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.

Required Qualifications:

• An earned Ph.D. in computer science or a closely related field.
• Record of significant research accomplishments, e.g., publications.
• Ability to contribute to the department’s teaching mission.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated interest in collaborative research with existing
departmental research strengths.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to work collaboratively with
faculty from a variety of disciplines.
• Contributions to improving the diversity of the discipline, and experience in working effectively with a diverse student population.
• Recognition of research excellence, e.g., best paper or society awards.

Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online to posting #TR0170152 . Applicant screening will begin on December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Doug Bowman, Search Committee Chair,

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Competitive and Commensurate with Experience
Department: Computer Science
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 10/06/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/01/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
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