Laboratory for Software Design Recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow

June 09, 2023

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The Department of Computer Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University seeks outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory for Software Design supervised by Dr. Hridesh Rajan. This position is expected to be filled as early as July 1, 2023. The candidate will be responsible for conducting research in broadly defined areas of Programming Languages (PL) and Software Engineering (SE) with a specific focus on SE/PL techniques for AI/ML systems.

The laboratory is leading several initiatives in the area of modular deep learning, dependable data driven discovery and Responsible AI. The goal of these projects is to advance foundational research on ensuring that AI-enabled systems are trustworthy and of high quality. The successful candidate is being sought in part to contribute to the modular deep learning and D4 (Dependable Data Driven Discovery) projects.

The successful candidates will be responsible for developing and sustaining a strong research program; developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research; publishing in top venues; mentoring outstanding graduate students; and enhancing ISU through professional and institutional service. We are interested in exceptional candidates that can directly contribute to the two projects mentioned above. Preference will be given to candidates working on SE/PL for AI/ML systems. Opportunities to contribute to undergraduate and graduate education are also available.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience mentoring research of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience engaging in professional and institutional service and leadership
  • Experience that demonstrates a strong publication record.
  • Publication in top tier venues.

Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Computer Science resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offering B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and a brand-new M.S. degree in Artificial Intelligence. The department is proud to be one of the founding departments for the B.S. in Software Engineering, B.S. in Data Science, Data Science Minor and Certificate along with the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. We are active in interdepartmental graduate programs in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Human-Computer Interactions, and Cybersecurity. The department participates in many interdisciplinary research collaborations, including partnerships with faculty in bio-sciences, mathematical sciences, and engineering. The Department of Computer Science has 38 faculty professionals, 146 Ph.D. students, 59 M.S. students, and approximately 900 B.S. students. All admitted Ph.D. students are offered a two-year teaching assistantship from the department, and almost all are supported by research or teaching assistantships after that. We have strong research and educational programs in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Software Engineering and Programming Languages, Systems and Networking, and Theoretical Foundations. Our department has over $16 million in active research grants, including the interdisciplinary activities mentioned, and we contribute to active research and training grants totaling approximately $25 million.

To apply see link. For guaranteed consideration, apply on or before June 18, 2023.

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