About UMass Amherst
The College of Information and Computer Sciences was created in 2015 and is rapidly building on the foundation of our long-standing, world-class computer science department. Our college is highly supportive of new faculty, including a rich program of formal and informal mentoring. Our 70+ faculty are remarkably collaborative. Many of our faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research with other departments including statistics/mathematics, linguistics, electrical and industrial engineering, biology, physics, behavioral sciences, economics, political science, and nursing, as well as new green initiatives. We also have a long history of working with industry. Our centers in data science, cybersecurity, smart & connected society, and computational social science continue to expand the range of industry partners and funding. For more information, visit https://cics.umass.edu.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu), the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally-ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, with easy access to Boston and New York City. Amherst, a historic New England town, is the center of a vibrant and culturally rich area. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. For more information, visit https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/.
The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) invites applications for tenure-track faculty at the Associate and Assistant Professor levels in Information Retrieval (IR). Exceptional candidates at other ranks may be considered. Candidates are expected to build on and complement the internationally recognized strength in IR at UMass. The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval has been an important part of the research that has led to search engines being one of the most-used information technologies in current mobile and desktop environments. We are looking for a candidate to lead initiatives in conversational search, neural IR models, new approaches to interaction, or other developing areas of the field. As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring individuals from underrepresented groups in computer science.
Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related area and should show evidence of exceptional research promise. A record of applying computer science in another discipline is strongly preferred.
Starting Date: September 1, 2020. Other start dates (e.g., Spring 2021 or Fall 2021) may be considered.
UMass Amherst and CICS are very supportive of dual-career families. We have a Partner Employment Program and will work with candidates to find opportunities for partners within CICS, across the University, and in the nearby community. Although UMass does not guarantee job placement, efforts are made to help secure a position for spouses or partners. For more information on our Partner Employment Program or other faculty benefits, please see https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/work/balance.
Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries and requests for more information can be sent to: email@example.com.
We will begin interviewing in January 2020, but will continue to accept applications through Spring 2020 or until all positions are filled. To ensure consideration for a Winter/Spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than December 15, 2019.
All applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please include a statement in your cover letter that explains what it is about UMass Amherst and CICS specifically that makes you interested in this faculty position. Candidates should also include a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.