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Hiring Assistant Professor in HCI/Visualization - Virginia Tech

 Tenure-track Faculty Position in Human-Computer Interaction

Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech


The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time tenuretrack

position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, from candidates with expertise in human-computer interaction

(HCI). The department is especially interested in sub-areas of HCI involving human interaction with big data or

advanced technologies, such as large-scale data visualization and human-robot interaction, but candidates from all

areas of HCI are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline at

the time of appointment; a strong record of scholarship in human-computer interaction and interdisciplinary areas;

demonstrated ability to contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in HCI and related subjects;

sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community; and the skills to establish and grow a multidisciplinary

research group. Selected candidates are expected to travel occasionally to attend professional conferences/meetings.


CS faculty have been involved in HCI research since the early days of the field, and lead the interdisciplinary Center

for Human-Computer Interaction, a university-wide effort that brings together faculty with strengths in

multi-sensory interactive communication, ecologies of displays and devices, social/collaborative computing, and

human aspects of data/information/knowledge. Within CS, there are rich opportunities for collaboration in data

mining/machine learning, parallel and distributed computing, computational biology and bioinformatics, information

retrieval, software engineering, cyber security, cyber arts, and CS education. Beyond the department, HCI faculty

members collaborate with researchers in design and the arts (the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology), in

engineering and science (the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science), and in education, business, and

liberal arts.


The Department of Computer Science has 36 research oriented tenure-track faculty and 11 research faculty. There

are a total 12 NSF/DOE CAREER award winners in the department. Research expenditures during FY2013 were

$11.7 million; total research funding at the beginning of FY2014 was $34 million. BS, MS, and PhD degrees are

offered, with an enrollment of over 550 undergraduate majors (12% women) and over 200 PhD/MS students. In

2010, CS@VT was ranked 5th in the country in recruiting quality of CS undergrads by the Wall Street Journal. The

department is in the College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program was ranked 6th and graduate program

was ranked 12th among public engineering schools in 2013 by US News and World Report. Other research centers

associated with the department include the new interdisciplinary Discovery Analytics Center, which

focuses on ‘big data’ problems in areas of national interest including intelligence analysis, sustainability and health

informatics, and the Center for High End Computing Systems known for its expertise in

high performance computing, including energy efficient and/or heterogeneous supercomputers. Recently, we

designed and acquired HokieSpeed, a CPU/GPU 200+ node machine for use by computational scientists and

engineers across campus through a $2M NSF MRI grant. HokieSpeed ranked 11th in the world on the Green 500

List in November 2011. CS faculty also participate in the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and

Technology,, a cyber security center.


Virginia Tech is a comprehensive research university with over 31,000 students. This hire is for the main campus in

Blacksburg, consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live

Salary for suitably qualified applicants is competitive and commensurate with experience. Selected candidates must

pass a criminal background check prior to employment.


Applications must be submitted online to for posting # 117036. We welcome applications from

women and minorities. Applicant screening will begin December 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Early applications are encouraged. Inquiries should be directed to  Dr. Doug Bowman, HCI Search Committee


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