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Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Two Positions in Multiple Areas

University of Guelph

The School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph invites applications for two (2) tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level, with specialties in one of the following areas: AI and Big Data, AI and Software Engineering, or Human-computer interaction (HCI). The expected start date for both positions is November 1, 2023 and no later than January 1, 2024.


Education and Background
At the time of appointment, candidates are required to have a PhD in Computer Science or a related field. Those with previous academic experience, including post-doctoral or prior academic appointments, as well as research technician roles, will be considered an asset. Relevant industrial experience will also be taken into consideration.

The successful candidate should have a remarkable research in Computer Science with demonstrated impact. Preference will be given for those working in the areas of the hiring. However, exceptional candidates in all fields of Computer Science will be considered. The candidate must propose an independent and fundable research program in their Research Statement and demonstrate their ability to conduct innovative research that complements the school’s current research strengths. Preference will be given to candidates whose research programs foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians.

The candidate must have a keen interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching. They must demonstrate their ability to teach university-level courses that align with their background. They should be capable of teaching core computer science undergraduate courses at all levels and graduate courses related to their research area. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in supervising students and/or staff on research-oriented projects.

Evidence of community engagement is crucial, such as organizing conferences, participating in outreach, volunteering, or being involved in student clubs or councils. Such evidence demonstrates the candidate's ability to provide service to the School, University, and research community.


The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally recognized research program and secure external funding from tri-council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) or similarly prestigious funding agencies. They will also be expected to supervise graduate students in the current MSc and PhD programs. The candidate will typically teach three courses per year at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 80% of their time will be divided equally between research and teaching, with the remaining 20% for providing service to the School, College, University, and research community at large.
The School of Computer Science has 5 undergraduate programs with 954 undergraduate students and 4 graduate programs with 108 graduate students. It is currently in a growth cycle that could see undergraduate and graduate enrolments increase The School of Computer Science is currently comprised of 26 faculty and 11 staff.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a collective purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that collective purpose in every experience associated with our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process
Assessment of applications will begin on July 5, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a Teaching Statement (including teaching philosophy, interests, experiences, and course evaluations if available); (4) a Research Statement (including a summary of research achievements and a proposal for future research and funding plan); and (5) names and complete contact information for three references. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Minglun Gong
Professor and Director
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississauga’s of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbors as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion ( is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.