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Faculty Employment Opportunities

--updated October 29, 2020



The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) is launching a multi-year faculty recruitment and hiring process in Computer Science for 20 tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels over and above normal hiring patterns, with preference at early-career appointments. This year, the initiative will support at least six new faculty positions. Destination-CS is part of the university’s recently launched Destination Vanderbilt, a $100 million university excellence initiative to recruit new faculty. Over the next two to four years, the university will leverage the investment to recruit approximately 60 faculty who are leaders and rising stars in their fields. All hires who are part of this initiative are over and above the normal faculty hiring rate at the university.

We seek exceptional candidates in broadly defined areas of computer science that enhance our research strengths in areas that align with the following investment and growth priorities of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering:

  1. Autonomous and Intelligent Human-AI-Machine Systems and Urban Environments
  2. Cybersecurity and Resilience
  3. Computing and AI for Health, Medicine, and Surgery
  4. Design of Next Generation Systems, Structures, Materials, and Manufacturing

Our priorities are designed to ensure the strongest positive impact on computer science and cross-disciplinary areas at all five academic departments in the School of Engineering and other colleges and schools across campus. The hiring initiative builds on these strengths and aspires to propel the Vanderbilt computer science program to one of the leading academic programs nationally and beyond. Successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to develop and grow vigorous programs of externally funded research.

Ranked #14 nationally, Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally recognized research university located on 330 park-like acres 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities. The university has a student body of over 13,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including 36% minority students and over 1,100 international students from 84 countries. The School of Engineering is on a strong upward trajectory in national and international stature and prominence, and has built infrastructure to support a significant expansion in faculty size. In the rankings of graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, the school ranks in the top 20 private, research-extensive engineering schools. Five-year average T/Tk faculty funding in the EECS department is above $800k per year. All junior faculty members hired during the past 15 years have received prestigious young investigator awards, such as NSF CAREER and DARPA CSSG.

With a metro population of approximately 1.9 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune, was ranked as the #1 most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management, and was named by Forbes as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years. The top major industries by employment include trade, transportation and utilities; education and health services; professional and business services; government; and leisure and hospitality. Other industries include manufacturing, financial activities, construction, and information. Long known as a hub for health care and music, Nashville is a technology center with a considerable pool of health care, AI, and defense-related jobs available. In recent years, the city has experienced an influx of major office openings by some of the largest global tech companies and prime Silicon Valley startups.

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Applications should be submitted on-line at: For more information, please visit our web site: . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning December 15, 2020 with interviews beginning January 1, 2021. For full consideration, application materials must be received by January 31, 2021.


The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Vanderbilt University invites applicants for a professor of the practice or lecturer of computer science position with a target start date of Fall 2021. Primary responsibilities are to teach three core EECS courses ranging from introductory to upper-division per semester. Ideal qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline and prior teaching experience in these programs. This is a term appointment, eligible for renewal, contingent on performance. The computer science and computer engineering programs at Vanderbilt are growing, are committed to teaching and research excellence, and include a number of professors of the practice and lecturers who are fully integrated into EECS faculty operations.

Applications should include a full CV, statement of teaching experience and interests, as well as names and email addresses of three references. Applications should be submitted on-line at: For questions regarding the position, send an email to: Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt is a private, coeducational university with approximately 6,700 undergraduates and 5,200 graduate and professional students. Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer.