Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position: Tools and Approaches for Applied AI/ML and Big Data
University of Wyoming
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Type: Full Time
Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Gabrielle Allen (email@example.com).
Internal Number: 223009
The University of Wyoming (UW) is seeking to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in new tools and novel approaches for enabling applications of AI/ML and Big Data. This position is part of a three-faculty cluster hire in the School of Computing around Applied Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) and Big Data, in partnership with other named academic departments. The other positions advertised in the cluster hire are targeted around the broad areas of STEM applications of AI/ML and Big Data and applications of AI/ML and Big Data in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities. We seek a faculty hire who will catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration, attract significant external research funding, and enrich our undergraduate and graduate students’ experience.
The academic appointment and tenure home will be in the School of Computing, with a joint appointment with one of the partnering academic units listed below. The successful candidates are expected to teach courses that include computing in their own discipline as well as general computing across disciplines; mentor undergraduate, MS and PhD research scholars; and contribute to the School’s impact across Wyoming via initiatives in economic development, social entrepreneurship, outreach, and other engagement strategies. The successful candidate will play an integral role in establishing the culture, teaching, research, and engagement activities of the School of Computing, and in enabling close engagement and collaboration between the School of Computing and their partnering academic departments.
The School of Computing is a new academic unit at the University of Wyoming that focuses on the application of computing in and across all disciplines, and on delivering new academic programs that provide students with important computing and digital skills across all disciplines including supporting Digital for All. The School will be fundamentally interdisciplinary, using translational research to leverage new and critical computing technologies for solving grand challenge problems in science and society. The School of Computing’s hiring plan over the next five years includes new tenure track faculty, many of whom will have joint appointments with other academic units. The School currently hosts some 33 Founding Adjunct Faculty from across the university, has in place an Internal Advisory Board representing over a dozen academic areas, and is preparing undergraduate degree programs in Computing, Data Science, and Applied Software Development. The School is currently recruiting several research scientists to support its research and strategic initiatives and will have programs for undergraduate and graduate computing students in addition to visiting scholars.
The University of Wyoming has significant resources to support research computing and data science, including a long-term collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center through which a significant fraction of resources is reserved for UW use. In addition, the university hosts the Advanced Research Computing Center, the Shell 3D Visualization Center, the Innovation Wyrkshop, and the Wyoming INBRE Data Science Core. The mission for the School of Computing includes serving as a computing hub for faculty, staff and our industry, state, academic and community partners.
Partnering Academic Units and core areas of interest:
The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Tools and approaches for edge computing and AI applications to natural resources including but not limited to wildlife trafficking and monitoring, water resource allocation and prediction, sustainable development and growth, climate change mitigation and energy use optimization and early wildfire detection.
Department of Zoology and Physiology: Tools and approaches to enable applications of AI/ML to animal behavior, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, population and community ecology, physiology, and wildlife and fisheries ecology.
REMOTE WORK ELIGIBILITY:
This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.
Assistant professors shall normally hold a PhD degree or other terminal degree in a suitable discipline and shall have demonstrated ability, experience, and record of scholarship appropriate to carry out the functions of the position.
Doctorate degree in an appropriate field by date of appointment
Research productivity as demonstrated by number and quality of publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or other relevant research impact (e.g. peer-reviewed datasets, scientific software, or other complementary assessments of impact and influence).
Experience in applied, use-inspired computing that focuses on the use of AI/ML and/or Big Data.
Expressed interest in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary research.
Commitment and contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and interest in fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment based on integrity, trust, and respect.
Experience and/or demonstrated potential to develop an externally funded computing-focused research program in an area with potential for significant and sustained funding.
Interdisciplinary interests and/or experience that intersect and bridge the School of Computing and partnering academic department.
Experience and interest in collaborating with external stakeholders, such as industry, K-12, community colleges, innovation hubs, government, non-profit organizations.
Experience in aspects of teaching at the undergraduate level, and interest in working in a team environment to develop new undergraduate offerings.
Potential for excellence in teaching, training, and/or mentoring students in computing at the undergraduate and graduate level.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Applications should include (1) a cover letter that addresses how the candidate fits the listed minimum and desired qualifications; (2) contact information for three references; (3) a CV (Curriculum Vita); (4) a research statement; (5) a teaching statement, and (6) a DEI statement. This position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by 11/30/2022 will receive full consideration. Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Gabrielle Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities. We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives.