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Assistant Professor, Computer Science

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Department: Computer Science
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Computer Science

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Computer Science in the College of Computing at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor. Applicants with the required education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments commensurate with a higher rank will also be considered for an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Two positions are available. We encourage applicants in all research areas of computer science, especially those with expertise in systems, software engineering, data science and cybersecurity. Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for their research, an enthusiasm for undergraduate and graduate education, and a strong commitment to cultivating diverse and inclusive environments. The anticipated start date is August 2024.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Establish a successful and sustained research program, as evidenced by a respected publication record and securing external funding
Advise graduate students
Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate classes, and assist with curricular/program assessment, evaluation, and development
Participate in service activities at the department, college, and University level, as well as the appropriate professional organizations and societies
Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work
Adhere to applicable safety protocols

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Successful applicants must have a record of scholarship in computer science or a closely related field.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff
Experience teaching in an institution of higher education
Experience designing a course at the university level
Experience with proposal writing or development of externally funded grants
Demonstrated familiarity with financial/funding resources and opportunities for the candidate’s research program

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Effective written and oral communication and presentation skills
Ability to teach a variety of courses in a computer science, cybersecurity, data science, or software engineering undergraduate curriculum
Ability to teach effectively at the graduate level
Experience or demonstrated interest in conducting research with students (graduate and undergraduate students)
Ability to independently lead a successful research program within a small department

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Ability to teach broadly across a core computer science curriculum
Ability to conduct collaborative research across disciplines
Experience teaching computing courses to diverse students
Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2023, and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should upload the following documents:

~Curriculum Vitae
~Cover Letter
~Research Statement (no more than 4 pages in length), The research statement should clearly identify one or two publications to which the candidate has made a significant contribution.
~Teaching Statement (no more than 2 pages in length)
~The names and contact information for at least three reference providers. 

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

For more information, please visit or contact the search committee chair, Dr. Jean Mayo,

Additional Information

The CS department has 25 full-time faculty members, 595 undergraduate students in four bachelor’s degree programs (Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Software Engineering), 120 graduate students in four master’s degree programs (Applied Computer Science, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science) and 32 students in one PhD program (Computer Science). The Department of Computer Science actively works to ensure that all faculty thrive and the university provides many opportunities for professional development and growth.

The Department of Computer Science is housed in the College of Computing, which is the only academic college in Michigan focused on computing. The College is currently experiencing significant growth, with enrollments doubling over the last eight years. In addition to the programs in the Department of Computer Science, the College offers bachelor’s programs in Computer Network & System Administration, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechatronics, and master’s programs in Health Informatics and Mechatronics.

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply. (See for more information on Michigan Tech’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our strategic planning framework).

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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