Assistant Professor (Computer Science)



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Job description

Available Title(s):
270-NN_FACULTY – Assistant Professor

Business Title:
Assistant Professor (Computer Science)

Employee Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
9 Month

Position Details:

The School of Engineering & Applied Sciences on the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Computer Science. Of particular interest are applicants whose research and teaching expertise are in one or more of the following areas: cybersecurity, mobile computing/IoT, data mining, machine learning/AI, visual computing, and high-performance computing. Applications from candidates with demonstrated expertise are encouraged, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate will be expected to provide outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor graduate students, develop/maintain a vigorous extramurally funded research program, contribute to professional and university service, and participate broadly in the computer science curriculum.

The School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS) is an integral unit within the university’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Faculty in SEAS actively collaborates with the nearby Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a world-class Department of Energy research enterprise that advances the frontiers of science and engineering and offers joint appointments to qualified WSU faculty. Reflecting strategic directions of SEAS, this position will contribute to the growth of computer science education and research programs on the Tri-Cities campus. In SEAS, faculty members are empowered towards professional success.

Faculty provide a supportive, yet challenging learning environment that encourages innovation and inspires lifelong learning and the realization of aspirations. Students benefit from strong mentoring by accessible professors. The close-knit campus community encourages personal and academic growth and establishes lifelong ties that extend well beyond graduation.


This is a permanent, full-time, tenure-track faculty position with a 9-month academic appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor at the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA. Appointment, salary, and research startup package are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will begin August 16, 2022.


  • Conduct research in one or more of the targeted areas listed above through the development of a nationally and internationally recognized externally funded research program that supports graduate students and addresses problems of significant societal impact
  • Publish high-impact technical articles in top-tier journals and conference proceedings
  • Develop and teach graduate and undergraduate courses in computer science, particularly in the applicant’s area of research, thereby fostering experiential learning
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate, MS, and PhD students
  • Contribute to advancing computer science education and research
  • Participate in service to the department, college and/or university through committee work, recruitment, and interaction with industry
  • Advance the college’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism among its faculty, staff, students through research, teaching, and community outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities
  • Collaborate closely with other appropriate faculty throughout WSU, including but not limited to colleagues with interest and expertise in the applicant’s research areas


  • Earned doctorate in computer science or closely related field, prior to the hire date
  • Demonstrated specialization in one or more of the targeted research areas listed above
  • Knowledge of relevant current subfields in the applicant’s areas of research
  • Record of research accomplishment commensurate with rank
  • Ability to develop an externally funded research program in the applicant’s research area
  • Ability to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, particularly those related to the applicant’s research area.
  • Commitment to teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both students and colleagues in written and verbal forms
  • Excellent communication abilities in written and verbal forms


  • A track-record of publications in one of more of the targeted research areas
  • Minimum of one year of post-doctoral research in one of the targeted research areas
  • Demonstrated evidence of expertise in the preparation of compelling research proposals
  • Ability to initiate novel research directions that advance the field of the applicant’s research area
  • Identify emerging technologies and maintain deep awareness of the state of the art in the applicant’s research area
  • Interest in international collaborations in education and research
  • Ability to establish industrial national lab collaborations


Successful candidates will reflect the teacher-scholar model with demonstrated passion for teaching and enthusiasm for research that involves undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates will also have an opportunity to collaborate with engineering and computer science colleagues in SEAS and in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on WSU’s Pullman campus.

A Carnegie R1 highest-research-activity land-grant university, Washington State University is one of the nation’s top 60 public research universities according to U.S. News and World Report. WSU conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to a diverse student population of approximately 30,000 students statewide. Founded in Pullman in 1890, WSU today consists of four campuses: Pullman (~24,000 students), Spokane (~1,200 students), Tri-Cities (~2,000 students), and Vancouver (~3,000 students). This multi-campus system shares one central administration and one faculty. The various campuses operate as units of one single state-wide university campus, according to WSU’s philosophy of one faculty that is geographically distributed. Additional information about the appeal of joining WSU may be found at As a land-grant institution, Washington State University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff and students and is committed to excellence in research, learning, and outreach to all constituents.

WSU’s Tri-Cities campus is in Richland, WA on the west banks of the majestic Columbia river. In this region, Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco make up the Tri-Cities, Washington. The campus draws from a regional population of approximately 260,000, and is expanding its reach both nationally and internationally, also benefiting from a newly-renovated airport. The growing campus has approximately 2,000 students who are served by nearly 90 full-time and 250 adjunct faculty members, many of whom are full-time researchers and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory or local science and engineering firms. WSU Tri-Cities is experiencing a time of unprecedented growth and development. Legislative support, tremendous community leadership and backing, and partnerships with businesses and community organizations have resulted in many exciting new and expanded initiatives in dynamic student engagement, research, and community collaborations. Visit for more information.

The School of Engineering & Applied Sciences is among the newest academic units at WSU Tri-Cities, with programs in computer science and civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering at the Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral levels, encouraging interdisciplinary initiatives. All the undergraduate programs are accredited by ABET. The School currently has 314 students and expects continued enrollment increases. SEAS produces profession-ready graduates by educating them through project-based experiential learning. Students participate in laboratory experiences, develop industry-sponsored projects, complete paid internships, and participate in research with their professors.

Additional Information:

Department Name:

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

City, State, Zip:

Richland, WA 99352

Department Link:

Monthly Salary: $75,000.00 – $90,000.00

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

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Tenure Track:

This is a permanent, full-time, tenure-track faculty position with a 9-month academic appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor at the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA.

Position Type: This position is permanent.

Posting Close Date:

This position has been posted as Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin immediately and remain on-going until a finalist is identified.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

How to apply

The following application materials are required: a letter of application that describes how the applicant’s education and experience meet qualifications for the position, a research plan, a statement of your contributions to equity and diversity and a statement of teaching philosophy.

Candidates are also required to submit a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for three references with e-mail and telephone number. Only electronic application materials will be considered. For any inquiries, please communicate via e-mail with the search committee chair, Dr. John Miller, [email protected],

Required Documents:

  • Cover letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research plan (upload in teaching statement)
  • Statement of diversity (upload in teaching statement)
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience (upload in teaching statement)
  • Contact information for three references with e-mail and telephone number

Additional Instructions:

Applicants must attach the above required documents. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].

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Washington State University (WSU, WAZZU) is a public research university based in Pullman, Washington, in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1890, WSU is the state's original and largest land-grant university and confers bachelor's, master's, professional and doctoral degrees, and offers more than 200 fields of study.