Open Position: Senior Scientist

UC Berkeley invites applications for an approved joint position as SENIOR SCIENTIST, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing (50%) and tenured ASSOCIATE / FULL PROFESSOR, Dept. of EECS (50%), beginning Fall 2013. The appointee will play an active leadership role in the conception and realization of programs in the new Simons Institute, serve as research mentor to junior scientists and maintain a strong program of research and teaching in core areas of theoretical computer science and its outreach to the sciences, engineering and society. 

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is an exciting new venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science. Established in 2012 by a grant from the Simons Foundation, the Institute will be located on the UC Berkeley campus and expected to be fully operational by Fall 2013. The Institute’s goal is to bring together the world’s leading researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields, as well as the next generation of outstanding young scholars, to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation.

Applicants should hold the Ph.D. or equivalent in theoretical computer science or a related field; experience at the level of a tenured professor including a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research and mentorship as well as intellectual leadership in theoretical computer science and its applications.

Additions/updates to job posting: 

Expanding on the criteria published earlier, the appointee should have an exceptionally broad vision of theoretical computer science and its relationship to other scientific disciplines, as well as a demonstrated ability to formulate major programs involving numerous domestic and international participants in significant collaboration, an established record of excellent and innovative teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, strong mentoring of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers, and a history of distinguished intellectual leadership and highly significant research achievements in theoretical computer science and related areas.

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, a statement summarizing their research and teaching interests as well as their experience and professional contributions as they relate to the goals of the Institute, three selected publications, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references who will send (upload) reference letters. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The extended application period closes July 31, 2013, and applications received after that date cannot be considered. All previous applications remain on file, and should not be re-submitted.

All reference letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality:

To apply, use the EECS Online Application.

If you do not have Internet access, you may send your application materials by postal mail to:

Joint Simons/EECS Search Committee
c/o Chair David
Culler, Computer Science
Division of
EECS, 395 Soda Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

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