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Montana State University Hambly Professor - Gianforte School of Computing in Bozeman, Montana

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Announcement Number FAC - VA - 23005

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Ana Gaskill



Classification Title

Working Title Hambly Professor - Gianforte School of Computing

Brief Position Overview

The Gianforte School of Computing invites applications for the inaugural Hambly Chair, an endowed professorship. The successful candidate will be an early (at least three years beyond earning a Ph.D.) to mid-career researcher with impressive accomplishments that are commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be expected to build and/or maintain an internationally recognized research program, teach both undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the candidate’s background, and participate in professional/service activities.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Number 4A6637

Department Gianforte School of Computing

Division College of Engineering

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Gianforte School of Computing, housed in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering ( NACOE ), invites applications for the Hambly Chair, an endowed professorship with primary responsibilities in research, teaching and service/outreach. The successful candidate will be an early to mid-career researcher with impressive research accomplishments that are commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be hired as an Assistant or Associate Professor and become an integral part of the School of Computing. Duties will include building and/or maintaining an internationally recognized, externally funded research program, teaching and developing courses consistent with their background and participating in professional/service activities. Candidates with machine learning expertise will have the opportunity to contribute to a statewide, $20 million, 5-year NSF EPScOR grant entitled SMART FireS (https://www.mtnsfepscor.org/projects/smart-fires) (Sensors, Machine learning, and Artificial intelligence in Real Time Fire Science).

The Hambly Chair was established through the generosity of Larry and Anne Hambly. Larry Hambly earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from MSU in 1968 and a master’s degree in physics from California State University, Los Angeles in 1972. He pursued a 35-year career defined by the rise of computing, first in the aerospace industry and culminating with 20 years at Silicon Valley-based Sun Microsystems, where he held numerous executive positions in sales, marketing and services.

Because increasing the diversity of the computing profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities in computing are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain a nationally recognized, externally funded research program; produce scholarly works; contribute to Computer Science undergraduate and graduate instruction, mentor and advise; and participate in professional/service/outreach activities.

We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field that was earned three or more years ago upon start date.

  • An established, internationally recognized research program (Associate Professor candidates) or a research program that can gain international recognition (Assistant Professor candidates).

  • Evidence of scholarly and professional achievements commensurate with experience.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Research and teaching expertise that enhances our organization’s capabilities and strengths.

  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Computer Science program. Ability to promote the advancement of diversity and inclusion in computer science.

    The Successful Candidate Will

Be a dynamic researcher and communicator who has: excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to inspire and mentor students; the ability to maintain a funded research program; the potential to teach in a diverse University community; the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed; and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Gianforte School of Computing (GSoC) at Montana State University supports the mission of the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and the University through its teaching, research, and service activities. The GSoC serves approximately 500 majors, 100 minors and 50 graduate students by preparing them for computing careers and for a lifetime of learning.

The GSoC offers a broad array of curricular opportunities in computing areas that include Computer Science (minor, B.S. degree, B.A. degree, M.S. degree, Ph.D. degree), Data Science (minor, a proposed B.S. degree, M.S. degree) and Cybersecurity (M.S. degree). Montana State University received a generous $50 million dollar gift for a new computing building in 2022 and the GSoC looks forward to serving as its anchor occupant when the building opens in 2026.

The College

The Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering comprises five academic departments (Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Gianforte School of Computing, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) and is home to numerous research centers such as the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Western Transportation Institute. The College enrolls approximately 3,400 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on or before November 15, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Required Documents to be uploaded:

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief Research Statement (2 page maximum)

  • Brief Teaching Statement (2 page maximum)

  • Other: Two (2) Publications

Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment/dualcareer.html.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-guidelines/affirmative_action_plan.html.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/policy/discrimination/index.html.