University of Alberta

Tenure Track Position in Artificial Intelligence

SCI Computing Science

Competition No.  -    A105033663
Closing Date  -    Oct 18, 2017

The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta invites applications for tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at all levels.  Candidates with a strong research record in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI), in particular (but not limited to) Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Games, Visualization, Security, Planning/Heuristic Search, and Algorithmic Game Theory, will be considered for this position.

According to csrankings.org the department is ranked #1 in Canada and averaged #3 in the world in terms of number of publications at top AI venues in the last 10 years, and it is also home to Amii (www.amii.ca), the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, formerly known as AICML.  It is noteworthy that the 2017 Government of Canada Budget included an investment of $125 million into a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy which features a major investment in research at the University of Alberta. According to the most recent Times Higher Education World University ranking, the department is ranked 3rd in Canada and 67th in the world. The department is home to 46 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and over 200 graduate students in its Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs. The University of Alberta is home to over 31,000 undergraduate students, 7,600 graduate students, and 600 postdoctoral fellows.

Successful candidates will have strong communications skills and also demonstrate a commitment to highly effective graduate and undergraduate teaching.  They will establish their own funded research programs, supervise graduate students, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses.  Strong potential for productive interactions with researchers in the department or in other disciplines at the University of Alberta will be considered an asset.  The candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree by the appointment date.
   

Applicants are asked to submit the following (all files must be submitted in PDF format):

  • full curriculum vitae
  • 1-2 page research statement which should (1) highlight contributions to their field of research, (2) present an overview of their  planned research program for ~5 years after initial appointment, and (3) describe how the candidate will interact, collaborate with and complement other researchers at the University of Alberta
  • 1-page teaching statement including their experience and interests
  • most significant peer-reviewed published contributions to their field of research

Each applicants must also ensure that three referees will submit (through the submission website) confidential reference letters about their accomplishments and their potential as an independent researcher.   

A successful candidate for the position may be considered as a nominee for, a funded/endowed research chair position, e.g., Canada Research Chair (CRC), in the Faculty of Science, if the appointment advances the strategic considerations of the Department of Computing Science, the Faculty of Science and the University of Alberta.   

All applications are to be submitted at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9185, and complete applications and all reference letters must be received by Oct. 18th, 2017.   

For further information please email the Department Chair’s Executive Assistant at cs.ea@ualberta.ca (please use “AI Faculty Position” as the email’s subject).

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.