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Multiple Tenure Track Positions in Bioinformatics and Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State University

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park invites applications for multiple tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate and/or Full Professor levels. The department has hired 20 faculty in the last four years (13 in the last two years) and aims to continue its rapid growth across areas over the coming years. CSE welcomes diversity among its workforce and works within the Penn State community to address dual career considerations, as needed.

We are seeking candidates whose primary research is in the intersection of CSE and life sciences. Some of the potential areas of focus within CSE include algorithm design and analysis, security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, high-performance computing, or broader computational science and data science. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally/internationally recognized record of scholarship and research in the application of computer science to address pressing issues in the life sciences, including in areas such as infectious diseases, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomes, structural biology, precision medicine, drug and vaccine development, biomedical imaging, plant sciences and others.

In addition to submitting the Penn State application, an application must be submitted at and at In order to be considered, candidates must apply on both sites.

Penn State is one of the worldwide leaders in Bioinformatics, currently ranked 7th in the world in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics by The applicant will have a tenure home in CSE and choose to be affiliated with one or more of the centers for excellence or institutes in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences ( CSE and the Huck Institutes provide a rich environment in which faculty, research professors, postdocs and graduate/undergraduate students regularly interact and conduct collaborative studies. Affiliated faculty have access to the Huck Institutes’ state-of-the-art core facilities and the opportunity to work closely with colleagues from the 33 Huck Institutes’ cross-cutting centers and institutes (e.g., the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (, the Center for Medical Genomics (, the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (, the Plant Science Institute, the Neuroscience Institute, to name a few) as well as university-wide institutes including the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences ( The NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the NSF-funded North East Big Data Innovation Hub (wherein Penn State is one of the 5 lead institutions) and Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Programs in Bioinformatics and Genomics and in Biomedical Data Sciences (both funded by NIH) offer additional opportunities for collaborative research and graduate education.

Please note that the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has two faculty ads posted. The other ad is available under the title of Multiple Tenure Track Positions in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State University.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science or closely related field by the start date and should be committed to excellence in both research and teaching. The Assistant Professor must have demonstrated the ability as a teacher or research worker; and must have shown definite evidence of growth in scholarly or professional achievement. Those considered for the Associate and Full Professor level must have established a national/international track record of excellence in scholarship and research. The Associate Professor should possess the same qualifications as the Assistant Professor but must also provide evidence of an established reputation in scholarly or professional achievement. The Professor should possess the same qualifications as the Associate Professor but must also provide evidence of a substantial record of advanced research and/or creative work, and of leadership in their field of specialization.

Our department, and the University as a whole, provides unusually rich collaboration opportunities due to a large, diverse range of colleges and departments, numerous venues for inter-departmental colloquia and the like, and excellent internal support for successful grantsmanship. We expect our hires to establish a strong research program, supervise graduate and undergraduate students, and teach relevant undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vita listing all publications, research and teaching statements, and the names and email addresses of four references. Applications will be reviewed starting from December 1, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

Penn State is a premier public research, land grant university. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is part of the School of EECS in the College of Engineering which strives to enhance its already diverse culture and research strengths. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all of its forms. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

The University is located in State College, which is ranked one of the best college towns in the U.S. The area offers a wide variety of cultural and outdoor recreational activities, and outstanding University events, from collegiate sports to fine arts productions. The public-school system is excellent, with a nationally ranked high school by U.S. News and World Report.

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