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Senior Endowed Chair Director of the Center for Computational Science

Barnard College

New York City, New York
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Barnard College welcomes applications for the position of Senior Endowed Chair in Computer Science and Inaugural Director of the Center for Computational Science. In this newly-created role, the Director will have the opportunity to plan and launch a new academic program in Computer Science and frame programming and content for a new Center in support of the College’s ongoing commitment to advancing computational science and providing the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving women. With this recruitment, Barnard seeks a scholar and pedagogical leader who will over time build a department of computer science at the College that works in close collaboration with and complements the Department of Computer Science in Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Barnard is the nation’s most selective women’s college and one of the first liberal arts colleges with a distinct technology requirement. The endowed chair position will be a senior appointment within the Department of Mathematics at Barnard until a department of computer science is formally established.

Barnard benefits from extremely close ties and collaborations with academic departments and units across Columbia University, and it is expected that this individual will have an affiliate position and intellectual home in both the Computer Science Department and at the Data Sciences Institute at Columbia University. In addition to curricular development, the Director will have the ability to recruit junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars and stimulate interactions with a variety of academic units across Barnard, many of which have quantitatively and computationally oriented components, and with Columbia.


The successful candidate will be a leader in the field of computer science with a distinguished record of scholarship. Barnard is open to candidates from a variety of research areas. An interest and ability to develop curriculum, an understanding of the importance of collaboration across disciplines, a deep commitment to the undergraduate experience and the importance of women’s colleges, and excellent communication skills are required. Barnard is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates must qualify for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Associate/Full Professor at Barnard College and Columbia University and have a Ph.D. or its professional equivalent. The new Chair and Director is expected to be in place no later than September 2018.

Applications should be submitted electronically and include the following: curriculum-vitae including a publication list, a description of research accomplishments, a statement of research and teaching interests and plans, contact information for three experts who can provide letters of recommendation,and up to three pre/reprints of scholarly work.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in strict confidence to:

Jane McMahon, Managing Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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