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Iowa State University Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Computer Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University seeks outstanding applicants for a Post Doc Research Associate position. This position is expected to be filled as early as January 2021. The candidate will be responsible for conducting research in broadly defined areas of programming languages (PL) and software engineering (SE) with a specific focus on SE/PL for AI, ML and Data Science.

The department is leading a National Science Foundation HDR:TRIPODS Phase I initiative on dependable data driven discovery (D4). The goal of this TRIPODS project is to advance foundational research on ensuring that data-driven discoveries are trustworthy and of high quality. The successful candidate is being sought in part to contribute to this project.

The successful candidates will be responsible for developing and sustaining a strong research program; developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research; publishing in top venues; mentoring outstanding graduate students; and enhancing ISU through professional and institutional service. We are interested in exceptional candidates that can directly contribute to the D4 initiative. Preference will be given to candidates working on SE/PL for AI, ML and Data Science.

Opportunities to contribute to undergraduate and graduate education are also available.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely related field.• Publication in top tier venues.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience that demonstrates a strong publication record.• Demonstrated ability or potential to mentor research of undergraduate and graduate students.• Demonstrated ability or potential to engage in professional and institutional service and leadership.• Evidence of ability to work with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations.

Department/Program & College Description:

The Computer Science department resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest college at Iowa State University. The department currently consists of twenty-nine full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, six term faculty, and three lecturers. We offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science. We are also one of the founding departments for the B.S. in Software Engineering, B.S. in Data Science, Data Science Minor and Certificate along with the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. We are active in interdepartmental graduate programs in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Human-Computer Interactions, and Information Assurance. We have many interdisciplinary research collaborations, especially with faculty in the bio-sciences, mathematical sciences, and engineering. The Computer Science department has 684 B.S. students, 47 M.S. students, and 118 Ph.D. students. Almost all Ph.D. students are supported by research or teaching assistantships. We have strong research and educational programs in Algorithms and Complexity, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Databases, Data Mining, Information Assurance, Programming Languages, Molecular Programming, Multimedia Systems, Networks, Operating Systems, Robotics, and Software Engineering. Our department has over $16 million in active research grants. With the above interdisciplinary activities included, we contribute to active research and training grants totaling approximately $25 million.

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Proposed Start Date:January 1, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:December 31, 2021

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:November 17, 2020

Posting Close Date:December 16, 2020

Job Requisition Number:R3525

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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