Brown University — Tenure-Track Faculty in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Brown University is hiring a tenure-track faculty member at the level of Assistant Professor. We strive to build a diverse and inclusive environment for all members of our community, and are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship, teaching and service can further our efforts. Brown also aims to foster a diverse and inclusive environment; its detailed vision and action plan for realizing this commitment is articulated in Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion.

We are focused on candidates whose research addresses at least one of the following:

  • theoretical computer science, especially design and analysis of algorithms
  • computer science education
  • algorithmic fairness, accountability, and transparency with application to broader social issues

While we are specifically interested in candidates who connect to the areas listed above, we will also consider other candidates who have the potential to make exceptional contributions to our goals. Applicants whose research may relate to our other open position in Data Science ( are encouraged to apply to both searches.

These positions are a part of a major expansion plan for the department as it works to increase its faculty roster by close to 50% over a five-year period. While many of these positions will be used to strengthen and expand core CS areas, some will be used to build bridges with other campus disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching. As a part of our overall plan, we are also emphasizing socially responsible computing throughout our curriculum.

The department has 31 tenure-stream and 3 research faculty members, 3 lecturers, and several adjunct and visiting faculty members. In addition to its strong graduate program, the department has a strong undergraduate culture, anchored by a mature, endowed program for undergraduate teaching assistants and research assistants. Department members frequently take advantage of Brown’s interdisciplinary culture via collaborations with numerous other Brown units including Applied Mathematics, Biology, Brain Sciences, Cognitive Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Public Health, Public Policy, and Visual Arts, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design. CS is a founding partner and plays key roles in major university-wide programs and initiatives including Data Science, Humanity Centered Robotics, Cybersecurity, and Computational and Molecular Biology.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and global academic community. As an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. The department is similarly committed to building a diverse faculty and strongly encourages women, underrepresented minorities and those who can contribute to the excellence, diversity, and inclusivity of our academic community. We strongly encourage the candidates to report any relevant experience, including work with diverse constituents, and plans in their teaching statements or in a separate diversity statement.

Brown University is located in Providence, RI, an hour from Boston and about three hours from New York City, both accessible via frequent rail service, and close to Narragansett Bay. Providence has been consistently rated among the Northeast’s most livable cities and is home to diverse intellectual, artistic, and business communities.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the start of the position. The initial appointment as assistant professor is for four years and is renewable. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a CV, a teaching statement, and a research statement. Candidates must also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be submitted through the application website. Please also provide a diversity statement (which can be included as a part of your teaching statement), in which you summarize your past and planned contributions to diversity and inclusion. These contributions may arise from teaching/mentoring, outreach, lived experience, or other activities. (For additional information about the university’s and department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, see and We are eager to try to accommodate the needs of, and welcome applications from, dual career couples.

Applications will be considered until the position(s) are filled but we strongly encourage the candidates to submit complete applications (including reference letters) by December 1, 2020 for full consideration. We will start application reviews and interviewing immediately and highly encourage early applications. Applicants who would like confidentiality should explicitly mention this desire in the first paragraph of their cover letters. To apply, please use Interfolio: ( Inquiries may be addressed to: