Tenure-Track Faculty Position: Theoretical Computer Science

Employer: McMaster University

Closing Date: January 30, 2023

Location: Hamilton, ON

Job Description:

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

McMaster University, Department of Computing and Software

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga

Nations and, within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering invites applications for four tenure-track positions at the

rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software; however, exceptional

candidates may be considered at the rank of Associate Professor. The positions will be located on the

main university campus to begin on July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants in all areas of Computer Science and Software Engineering are encouraged to apply. The

Department has identified specific needs in Theoretical Computer Science. Applicants specializing in

subareas such as algorithms, data structures, computational complexity, parallel and distributed

computation, probabilistic computation, quantum computation, automata theory, combinatorial

algorithms, cryptography, program semantics and verification, computational geometry, and

computational number theory and algebra, should apply.

The Department of Computing and Software is one of the top departments for Computer Science and

Software Engineering in Canada. We have 35 faculty members with expertise in computer systems,

software engineering, theoretical computer science, security, privacy, machine learning, data analytics,

scientific computing, and bioinformatics. The department mentors over 1,600 undergraduate students in

three programs: computer science, software engineering, and mechatronics engineering. It also mentors

more than 120 graduate students in masters and doctoral programs in computer science and software


Ranked among the top engineering schools in Canada and worldwide, McMaster Engineering has a long

history of excellence in cutting edge research, student-focused education, innovative programs, leading

faculty, and achieving students. We integrate experiential learning into every facet of the student journey,

offer Canada’s largest undergraduate research program, vibrant co-op opportunities, and much more.

With 200 faculty members, about 7,500 undergraduate and 1,250 graduate students, we are a world class

centre for academic excellence and innovation.

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 80

in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022 and is home to more than

70 research centres and institutes. Named Canada’s most research-intensive university in 2017, 2018,

2019 and 2020 by Research Infosource, McMaster is dedicated to teaching, learning and service. With a

student population of more to 36,000, McMaster welcomes students from 120 countries as well as

Canada. Discover more of what McMaster Engineering and the Hamilton area can offer to academic

professionals and their families by reviewing the Information Guide highlighting our research excellence,

family-friendly resources and rich local culture. Opportunities for continuous personal and professional

growth are also made available through our Faculty’s Fireball Academy and the MacPherson Institute.

Successful Candidate

We seek talented and dynamic individuals who will contribute to the excellence of the department in

research, teaching, and service. Applicants are expected to have a PhD in Computer Science, Software

Engineering, or a related discipline, by the time of the appointment. They must demonstrate a record of

excellence in teaching and research and a willingness and ability to contribute to the department’s

collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as university-wide inclusive excellence goals and

priorities. The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Research

excellence will be reflected in the successful mentoring of graduate students, particularly doctoral

students, extramural grant acquisition, and publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals and

conferences. They will be expected to establish a strong externally funded research program, and foster

collaborations within the Department, Faculty, University, and beyond.

Applicants should also possess outstanding leadership and communication skills, a commitment to

excellence in service, and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. All

candidates will be expected to participate in the normal administrative, educational, and professional

activities of the Department, Faculty and University. Applicants are expected to have licenses for the

practice of engineering in Canada or the ability and eligibility to apply for an engineering license with the

Professional Engineers of Ontario within 3 years.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research

and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared

Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and

has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will

contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First

Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with

disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process. It takes

approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer.

All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the

applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about

the Diversity Survey may be directed to hr.empequity@mcmaster.ca.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of

the Dean of Engineering at 905-525-9140 ext. 24900 to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal:



[Job Opening 50522]:


Department of Computing and Software

1280 Main Street West

McMaster University,

Hamilton, ON Canada L8S 4L7

• letter of application demonstrating how the candidate meets the selection criteria outlined above

and describing, if applicable, the impact that career interruptions may have had on research

productivity (1-2 pages)

• curriculum vitae

• statement on research interests (1-2 pages)

• a selection of recent research publications (3)

• statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness)

• statement on contributions to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, and service, including a

description of how you will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive

community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the

campus community (2 pages)

• the names and contact information of at least three referees, including postal and email

addresses. The referees should not be in a conflict of interest, with at least one being recognized

as an international authority in the candidate’s field and not residing in the country in which the

candidate is currently working. In cases where the applicant is a Canadian Indigenous researcher

(First Nations, Inuit or Métis) based in Canada, the name and contact information of an

international referee is not required

Complete applications that are received by January 30, 2023 will be given full consideration; however,

review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. The effective date of appointment is

negotiable, but July 1, 2023 is preferred. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of

their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Letters of

recommendation from referees will be requested during the later stages of the search process. Direct any

inquiries about this position to chaircas@mcmaster.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents

will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University

gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian

citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all

applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Vaccination Policy:

The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning

environments for all employees, students, volunteers and visitors. The University’s Vaccination Policy-

COVID-19 Requirements for Employees and Students (the “Vaccination Policy”), requires all McMaster

community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person to be fully

vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. While

the Policy will be currently paused, this Policy may resume quickly and on short notice, as informed by

public health advice and direction. As a result, failure to achieve and maintain fully vaccinated status or

an approved human rights-based exemption may result in termination of employment. This is a term and

condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health

organizations to define fully vaccinated status.

Further information is available at the following link: https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/vaccination-mandate/.

More information on the University’s Health and Safety framework is available online

at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/resources/covid19/. Questions regarding the above requirements or any

accommodation requests through the recruitment process can be directed to


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