Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering



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Job description

Position Type:

Salary Range:

$109,080 – $121,131 Based on experience, education, and expertise.


The Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Santa Clara University invites applications for three tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. To complement expertise of current faculty, address areas of strong interest to students, and enhance collaboration opportunities with local industries, the department is particularly interested in candidates with specializations in software engineering, programming languages/compilers, computer architecture, blockchain, and metaverse areas. However, Silicon Valley is an area of broad and ever-changing technical interests and needs, and strong candidates will be seriously considered regardless of area of specialization.

Santa Clara University (https://www.scu.edu) is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Distinguished by the highest retention rate and has been ranked first among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is now elevated to a new category in national rankings, “Doctoral/Professional Universities.” Santa Clara University’s ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #55. Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The School of Engineering is committed to improving the human condition through engineering education, practice, and scholarship, promoting the University’s mission to “fashion a more humane, just and sustainable world.”

SCU maintains small class sizes and promotes close faculty/student interaction. The University enrollment is approximately 5,900 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. The Department (https://www.scu.edu/engineering/academic-programs/department-of-computer-engineering/) offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with 25 full-time faculty, and a strong pool of approximately 20 part-time adjunct faculty who instruct about 450 undergraduate majors, and about 590 part-time and full- time graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) majors. The School of Engineering maintains strong ties to local industry.

SCU and the computer science and engineering profession are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service have prepared them to help fulfill these commitments. All SCU faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The ideal candidate will express enthusiasm for teaching lower and upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of specialization, fulfilling all responsibilities related to those courses, and for engaging students from diverse backgrounds in learning. The candidate will demonstrate a passion for developing an active research program appropriate to Santa Clara University’s mission that leads to high-quality research publications, research funding applications, and engaging students as participants. Successful candidates will be expected to develop their own scholarly research, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

We welcome candidates ready to contribute to our mission to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion and cultivate knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. We especially encourage applicants whose goals and professional or life experiences enrich the department and school community and who can serve as a role model to a diverse student population.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a doctorate in computer science, computer engineering, or in a closely related field; have demonstrated a strong potential for high-quality research in computing; and have a strong commitment and ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of specialization, and courses of a fundamental/core nature, and fulfilling all responsibilities related to those courses.

The standard academic year course load for tenured and tenure-track positions is seven quarter-level course equivalents, generally with a one-course equivalent reduction for scholarly or creative work. The first-year tenure-track assistant professor is granted an additional one course release. Limited course buyout may be approved using external grant funds.

Course equivalents include lectures and supervision of labs, theses, dissertations, and projects, distributed across three quarters of 10 weeks each. Each quarter is 10 weeks excluding the final exams week.

Developing a research program that leads to high-quality publications, competitive for funding by external sources, and engages students as participants in that research.

Appropriate service to the department, school, university, and profession.

Start Date: 09/01/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes

Work Authorization:

A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/policies-reports/

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, [email protected] , www.scu.edu/title-ix. Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its’ commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at [email protected].

How to apply

Applicants should upload a letter of application, three statements, a detailed CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

All applications MUST include the following required documents:

  • Letter of Interest, with
  • Statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and statement of equity, diversity and inclusion (an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement describes past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in engineering or other areas)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information of three Professional References

All materials should be submitted online.

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