The Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CS&E) is an outstanding place to pursue a career in research and teaching. We are part of the University of Minnesota, a land-grant university; we engage in all aspects of the University’s teaching, research, and outreach missions, and we strive to drive discovery and innovation that improves the lives of individuals and communities throughout our state and the world.
Over the last 50 years, the department has become a national force in computing education, research, and innovation. We have established world-renowned programs and expertise in areas such as data mining, robotics, human computer interaction, virtual reality, and more.
All candidates who share our commitment to innovative research, inclusive teaching, and broadening participation in computing are encouraged to apply during the next recruiting cycle. Successful candidates will have an outstanding academic record and are expected to establish a vigorous, funded research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and be involved in service to the University and the profession. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer and actively seeks applications from underrepresented groups.
All positions offer generous research start-up packages (along with research laboratory space), excellent benefits, and competitive salary packages commensurate with experience.
Why choose the University of Minnesota?
Be part of a world-class public research university
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a top 10 U.S. public research university with world-class academics, award-winning faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Our researchers and students improve our understanding of the world and create technologies and ideas that improve our quality of life.
The University's faculty are known for life-changing inventions such as the pacemaker, the retractable seat belt, HIV drug Ziagen, cancer therapies, biodegradable plastics, and technologies that advance agricultural production. In the past 10 years, the University of Minnesota has seen record growth in the number of new licenses, research agreements, and invention disclosures. 170 startup companies have been launched based on University research.
Continue our tradition of academic excellence
We have granted over 10,600 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the last half century, and we currently have 460 graduate and 1,600 undergraduate students in the department. The number of undergraduates in our programs continues to skyrocket, with enrollment doubling since 2014. To meet this demand, we currently have nearly 60 tenured, tenure-track, and teaching faculty to teach and inspire these students.
We continue to evolve our course offerings and degree programs to meet the needs of students and industry. In addition to core computer science degrees, we offer a M.S. in Software Engineering specifically designed for working professionals. As of fall 2020, we are offering two new degree programs. For undergraduates, we have worked with Statistics and several other departments to create a B.S. in Data Science. This comes on the heels of the successful M.S. in Data Science that launched in 2015. At the graduate level, the College will now offer an M.S. in Robotics through the newly-established Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI).
The department is also dedicated to broadening participation in computing. In 2020, we were awarded funding from Northeastern University’s Center for Inclusive Computing to help recruit and retain more women in our computer science programs and boost the representation of women in the field as a whole.
Conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research
Research is at the heart of the department. Our faculty have advanced the field of computer science through their pioneering research in recommender systems and collaborative filtering, graph partitioning, spatial computing, micro-robotics systems, and more. We have faculty conducting research in almost every area of computing, with our main research areas being:
- Architectures, Compiler Optimization, and Embedded Systems
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Data Mining, Databases, and Geographical Information Systems
- Graphics and Immersive Computing
- High Performance Computing
- Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
- Networks, Distributed Systems, and Security
- Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
- Software Engineering and Programming Languages
- Theoretical Foundations
Our faculty are strongly collaborative, working with each other and conducting extensive amounts of interdisciplinary research with faculty from the College of Science and Engineering and the entire University community. Professors are currently conducting research with colleagues from areas including mechanical engineering, psychology, forestry, architecture, American Indian studies, public health, and with several departments in the University’s Medical School.
We have collaborative research spaces and cutting-edge lab equipment to create an environment that encourages new discoveries and the development of new technology. The University also has dedicated resources to support entrepreneurship and business development, such as the Office of Technology Commercialization and the Venture Center, that provide a pathway for our discoveries to reach the market. The department has a long history of innovations leading to successful startups, including Nfluence Analytics, Farm Vision, Corebiome Inc., Ninja Metrics, Recon Robotics, and Net Perceptions.
CS&E faculty have access to many outstanding affiliate research and outreach facilities including the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, the Digital Technology Center, the Informatics Institute, the Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering, the Center for Transportation Studies, the Charles Babbage Institute for Computing, Information & Culture, and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.
Strong support and mentoring for assistant professors
The entire department is engaged in the success and professional development for our junior faculty. Our outstanding assistant professors are the future of the department, and supporting them is the most important thing we can do for our department’s future success.
New faculty members are provided generous startup packages (this typically means support for summer salary and two research assistant support for two years, equipment for a suitable laboratory, and travel) as well as a reduced teaching load (only one course the first year, one course per semester until tenure, and one additional course release in one of their last three years before tenure), significantly reduced service load, and suitable office and laboratory space.
In addition, our department has an outstanding structure for mentoring and continual evaluation of our young faculty. Each new faculty member is paired with a three-member mentoring committee whose mission is to support, mentor, and guide the new assistant professor. Each assistant professor also receives a thorough annual review from our Non-Tenured Faculty Evaluation Committee, whose mission is to provide constructive critical feedback akin to a tenure evaluation. Finally, the Department Head meets individually and informally with each of our assistant professors multiple times every year to gauge the atmosphere, their progress, and answer questions about anything on their mind. This mentoring and evaluation system ensures that there are absolutely no surprises come tenure time—our assistant professors know what is expected of them and where they stand in the process, and we provide the guidance and support to enable them to succeed.
Live and work in the Twin Cities
The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions, and where opportunities to collaborate with industry abound.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul are incredibly diverse cities with vibrant neighborhoods, award-winning parks and recreation opportunities, exciting professional sports teams, renowned restaurants, and top-notch entertainment options.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. From natural resources and recreational opportunities to a robust job market, affordable cost of living and high quality health care, the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota top many livability rankings:
- No. 3 overall best state (U.S. News 2019)
- No. 3 in quality of life (Forbes 2019)
- No. 6 best place to live (U.S. News 2019)
- No. 21 on cheapest place to live (U.S. News 2019)
- No. 22 on best places to live for quality of life (U.S. News 2019)
- No. 1 (Minneapolis) and No.3 (Saint Paul) best park system (ParkScore Index 2020)
- No. 2 best state for working moms and dads (WalletHub 2020)
- No. 1 best state to raise a family (WalletHub 2020)
- No. 3 safest state in the U.S. (WalletHub 2020)
- No. 1 best international airport (Airports Council International 2019)
In addition, Minnesota has a strong business climate—with 16 Fortune 500 companies and many of the nation’s largest companies, including UnitedHealthGroup, Target Corporation, Cargill, Best Buy, 3M, General Mills, and C.H Robinson Worldwide, headquartered here. Companies excel across a diversified mix of sectors, including manufacturing, retail, medical devices, biosciences, health care, information technology, agriculture, clean energy, and water technology.
The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the University, visit http://diversity.umn.edu