Gina Cody Research Chair in Computer Science
Date posted: September 23, 2019 2019
Revised: October 7, 2019
Application deadline: January 15, 2020
Position code: 18_C_CSSE_M
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
The Department seeks an outstanding candidate for the Gina Cody Research Chair in Computer Science at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The ideal candidate is an internationally recognized researcher with an exceptional scholarly record, and has proven leadership qualities, She/he is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the supervision of Masters and PhD students and attract strong external funding. We seek individuals with interests including, but not limited to: fundamental research in machine learning including deep learning and reinforcement learning; natural language processing; computer vision; robotics; medical imaging; computer graphics; computer games; theoretical computer science and algorithms; databases and big data analytics; high performance computing. The five year research chair is renewable and comes with an attractive research funding package.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally-recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.
About the Department
The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering has over 45 faculty members, working in varied fields in computer science and software engineering, and has seen a major expansion in recent years. The Department is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and to educating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Computer Science and in Software Engineering. Concordia University is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, a multicultural city with a lively intellectual and cultural life. Montreal has emerged as a global hub in artificial intelligence, and is synergistically benefitting from a number of university researchers and research institutes collaborating with established companies as well as startups on the next breakthrough discoveries. It is also home to many leading high tech companies in areas such as telecommunications, computer games, aerospace, and biotechnology. More information about the department is available at: ginacody.ca/cse
About the Faculty
Ranked among the top ten engineering schools in Canada, the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer science students and 235 faculty members. The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science has about 4,500 graduate students enrolled in 35 graduate programs. The School’s research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. For more information on the School, please visit: www.concordia.ca/ginacody
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Applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related field. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in the province of Quebec, is desirable. The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however, knowledge of French is an asset. The ideal candidate is an internationally recognized researcher with an exceptional scholarly record, and has proven leadership qualities, and the ability to collaborate with industry. She/he is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the supervision of Masters and PhD students and attract strong external funding.
How to apply
Applications must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (18_C_CSSE_M), detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and names of four referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by January 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate has been identified. Only short-listed applicants are notified. The appointment is expected to commence in July 2020 or shortly thereafter.
Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio‐cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.
As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- conducting research with underrepresented and / or underserved communities
- committee work
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.
Kindly forward your electronic applications to:
Dr. L. Narayanan, Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at email@example.com or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.