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Assistant Professor in Computer Science

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 3 for the salary history range. A reasonable estimate for this position is $99,100-$164,500. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Anticipated start: 07/01/2024

Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Computing provides a powerful new lens for viewing the world. The questions of where we choose to turn this lens, who gets to look through this lens, and what new steps society takes based on the information provided by this lens are some of the most important questions that we could ask ourselves. UC Santa Barbara understands that this is too important to the future of our society to be left to any population or discipline -- and we are building a department ready to address these questions head-on in authentic partnership with thought leaders across our campus and the world. UC Santa Barbara is a premier top-7 public research university. The Department of Computer Science is part of the highly ranked College of Engineering, which includes among its faculty three Nobel laureates and 16 members of the National Academy of Engineering.

In this search, we seek tenure-track faculty members in all areas of Computer Science. AI/Machine Learning and Quantum Computing are priority areas for the department this year. However, outstanding candidates in all areas will be considered. We seek faculty eager to build on our existing research collaborations in the Center for Responsible Machine Learning, the Center for Black Studies Research, the Center for Information Technology in Society, the Institute for Energy Efficiency and well beyond, and to help us establish new partnerships and research programs bringing computation and computational tools to problems of societal importance. We seek motivated and passionate researchers eager to work with a community of their peers to address issues of societal importance through surprising and creative applications of computing. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. A primary appointment will be in the Department of Computer Science but affiliate or joint appointments in any number of partner departments across engineering, social sciences, humanities, and/or physical sciences are strongly encouraged. The Department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara understands that computing intersects society in many complex ways but that by striving to be a place where every student, faculty, and staff can grow and thrive we will position ourselves to best be able to take on these challenges together!

Applicants will be considered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty and all applicants must have a demonstrated record of excellence in, or show exceptional promise for, high-quality research, teaching, and service to the community. Applicants with a demonstrated record of interest in, and commitment to, the mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations will be given particular attention. Candidates will be offered the opportunity to satisfy a portion of their undergraduate teaching responsibilities through active mentoring and leadership in programs that provide research and professional development opportunities for our diverse student body (e.g. through the Los Ingenieros, UCSB Women in Computer Science, the Early Research Scholars Program, or the CBSR Student Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science Program).

Candidates will be considered for an endowed chair in Computer Science. Chair appointments focus on attracting a leading-edge junior scientist and educator working in cutting-edge areas that help the University prepare our students and position the University for the future. The goal of the endowed chair is to identify, recruit, and nurture a junior scholar that will emerge as one of the next generation of leaders and educators.

In 2023-24, UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, antiracist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Banneker Initiative proposes to hire scientists, engineers and interdisciplinary scholars as UCSB faculty, whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work shares Banneker’s concerns as an African American scientist, especially his desire to advance scientific and engineering knowledge for the public good.

With the goal of creating a diverse community around such concerns, applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

In order to be considered, applicants should have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science or a related field, except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD degree must be conferred by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Applicants who show outstanding research potential and have a strong commitment to teaching and diversity. PhD in Computer Science or related field at the time of application.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Successful candidates for faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion in their application materials, including the Diversity Statement. This evidence can include:
    -Efforts to advance equitable access to education;

    -Public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population;
    -Research that informs our understanding of race or ethnicity or could contribute to the advancement of a more just and equitable society;
    -Mentoring and advising students, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations;
    -Creating effective strategies for the educational advancement of students in under-represented groups.

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2

  • Publication 3

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Reference letters will be assessed to determine research potential and commitment to teaching and diversity.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA