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Computer Science Open Positions

The Tulane Computer Science Department is seeking candidates for the following open positions to begin Fall 2016:


Faculty Positions

To Apply

A complete application should include a CV, statements on research and on teaching, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applications for this position will be reviewed starting January 1, 2016; the review and interview process will continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to final administrative approval.

Candidates interested in the Yahoo! Founder Chair position may access the electronic application via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/31595. and candidates interested in the tenured/tenure-track open rank positions should apply electronically via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/31616.

The Tulane University Computer Science Department invites applications for multiple open positions at all levels. Candidates at the associate and full professor level are especially encouraged to apply. These positions begin in Fall 2016. This is part of our continuing effort to build a computer science program that focuses on interdisciplinary research with other areas represented at Tulane.

The areas of focus are:

Yahoo! Founder Chair in Systems: We are seeking outstanding applicants for an endowed chair in systems. The successful applicant will be an internationally recognized leader who is capable of establishing and leading a systems group of the first rank. The Yahoo! Founder Professor will anchor our new systems group, with additional hires expected to complete the group. We are especially interested in candidates in network and distributed systems, systems security or software systems. Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Michael Mislove, chair of the computer science department, at mislove@tulane.edu to discuss their candidacy.

Machine Learning: We also expect to fill positions in Machine Learning as part of our effort to build a research group in the area. This group will augment our existing research activity in Artificial Intelligence.

We also welcome applications by outstanding candidates from other areas of computer science. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who are interested in helping us build a program that emphasizes the application of computer science to areas where its principles and tools can have a defining impact on the course of research.

Interested applicants should review the research interests of the department faculty, as well as those of other departments at Tulane to determine the potential for research collaboration. Notable among these are ongoing research collaborations with the departments of biomedical engineering and psychology, the economics department in the School of Liberal Arts, and the department of biochemistry on Tulane’s downtown campus. We also anticipate collaborations with the Center for Computational Science, which is located in the same building as computer science. The department’s Master’s Program in Computational Linguistics involves faculty in linguistics, and also leverages our close connections with the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, which has a number of internationally renowned scholars in Natural Language Processing on its staff.

Electronic Applications

A complete application should include a CV, statements on research and on teaching, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applications for this position will be reviewed starting January 1, 2016; the review and interview process will continue until the position is filled. Positions are subject to final administrative approval.

Candidates interested in the Yahoo! Founder Chair position may access the electronic application via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/31595.

Candidates interested in the tenured/tenure-track open rank positions should apply electronically via the following link: apply.interfolio.com/31616.

Tulane University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / ADA Employer that is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We therefore encourage applications from underrepresented groups.


Information about the Computer Science Department and about Tulane University

The Tulane Computer Science department was re-established in July 2012. We currently have five tenured/tenure-track faculty, each of whom is working on applying computer science to related areas of research. These areas include structural computational biology, computational geometry, artificial intelligence and computational social choice, scientific visualization and large data, and computational models for classical and quantum computing. We also have a professor of practice who oversees our undergraduate program. Overall, our goal is to achieve a critical mass of 10 tenured/tenure-track faculty within the next 2 years, and a stable state of 15 faculty within another 2 -3 years.

The department offers an undergraduate coordinate major in computer science. The focus of the program is to produce computer scientists who understand the application of computer science and its principles to one of the myriad related areas of research strength at Tulane. Each student is required to complete a capstone project that demonstrates the application of computer science and its principles to a related area in which the student is also doing research. The related area is usually the student’s primary major, but any academic area in which the student is working can be the focus of the project.

We also have an interdisciplinary PhD program in collaboration with a number of departments and programs at Tulane. These include mathematics and statistics, biology, chemistry, the health sciences, linguistics, physics and psychology, as well as other possibilities. In this program, an individualized curriculum is devised to suit the particular interests of each student, incorporating the application area with a group of computer science and interdisciplinary courses that reflect the student's interests.

We also intend to establish a stand-alone Computer Science PhD program. Our areas of hiring emphasis are aimed at broadening the range of expertise in the department to provide the breadth expected of leading PhD programs.

More information about the faculty and their research interests can be found on the Computer Science Department home page.

The Tulane Computer Science Department is housed in the School of Science and Engineering, which has strong research representation in a number of areas that are relevant to the searches we are conducting. View Departments »

Included among these are:


There also are strong links to the health sciences, including:



The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition is an independent not-for-profit research institute of the State University System of Florida. IHMC has grown into one of the nation’s premier research institutes with multiple university and industry affiliations and more than 100 researchers and staff investigating a broad range of topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines. Current active research areas include: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, robotics and exoskeletons, advanced interfaces and displays, cyber security, communication and collaboration, linguistics, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, big data and machine learning, and other related areas. IHMC researchers receive funding from a wide range of government and private sources. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, NSF, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, NIH, IARPA, DOT, IDEO, Raytheon, IBM, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Lockheed, SAIC, and many others.

Tulane has close ties with IHMC — Professor K. Brent Venable has a joint appointment at IHMC. Any of the appointments could have a similar joint appointment splitting time between Tulane and IHMC. In addition to someone who shares interests with Professor Venable, the areas of particular interest include:


  • Machine Learning and Big Data, which are becoming enabling technologies for other areas of joint interest — cyber security and natural language to name two
  • Natural language and dialogue systems, which is one of IHMC’s strengths
  • Ad hoc networks and the related area of Agile Computing, which have strong representation at IHMC.

IHMC is a leader in robotics, particularly walking robots and exoskeletons, areas that already have representation at Tulane in the Biomedical Engineering Department.


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