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Assistant Professor Tenure Track, Computer Science

Wilfrid Laurier University

The Physics & Computer Science Department at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in computer science at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialty in data science and data mining. The position will begin July 1, 2019 and is subject to budgetary approval. In exceptional cases, a candidate may be considered at the rank of Associate Professor.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an individual with a passion for data science, data mining and teaching who can provide content leadership for our newly developed Bachelor of Data Science program. The successful candidate will join a strong and supportive team of experienced faculty members, be involved in new curriculum development and teach a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university renowned for its learning environment and student-focused educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving its well-earned reputation for undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning excellence. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range and depth of more than 100 academic programs taught by award-winning lecturers across nine faculties. For the third year in a row, Wilfrid Laurier University has been ranked No. 1 in the country in its category for student satisfaction in the annual Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities.

The Waterloo Region is a growing ecosystem of more than 1,570 tech-related businesses. It is home to Canada's largest tech, software, satellite and eLearning companies, and one of the world's top producers of visual technology displays. The city of Waterloo is home to the Communitech Data Hub Center dedicated to collaboration and innovation in Data Science.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in Computer Science or closely related area, and possess strong skills in data mining; excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms; experience with common data science toolkits and data visualization tools. Candidates must have evidence of a strong commitment to teaching, and creating a culture of inclusion as well as professional development and scholarship. Willingness to serve on the department’s committees is considered a plus. The successful applicant will deliver core courses CP321, CP422 and CP423 for the BSc in Data Science program. Research interests with student involvement is preferred, with a strong emphasis on serving as a mentor providing support for undergraduate and graduate research efforts.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement regarding teaching experience and interests, copies of recent publications, a statement of current and prospective research interests, and contact information (address, telephone, and email) for at least three referees to:

Dr. Chinh Hoang, Chair, Department of Physics & Computer Science,
c/o Kelly Kuepfer-Crane (email: kkuepfercrane@wlu.ca),
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5

Electronic submission of applications is preferred. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

Applicants can learn more about the Department at https://students.wlu.ca/programs/science/physics-and-computer-science/index.html

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and a person of any sexual identities and gender identities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Dr. Kenneth Maly (kmaly@wlu.ca), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science. Further information on the equity policy can be found at https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.4-employment-equity.html.

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact the Dean of Science office at jhaas@wlu.ca.

The Faculty of Science wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee, and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.