2012 Job Announcement - Cognitive Science

Department Head and Professor with tenure
Professor with tenure

Department of Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Department of Cognitive Science in Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) enjoys particular strength in computational cognitive science/modeling, human-level artificial intelligence, and perception and action, with very high annual research expenditures, a vibrant graduate program offering dedicated MS and PhD degrees in Cognitive Science, and three BS degrees:  Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychology.  The Department invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the positions of Department Head and Professor with tenure or Professor with tenure.

The successful applicant should be a well-funded research leader with an international reputation in computational cognitive science and/or artificial intelligence, and expertise specifically in one or more of the areas in which the Department, in keeping with HASS’s Faculty Expansion Initiative, is hiring: •computational linguistics, •cognitive neuroscience, •cognitive psychology, •cognitive robotics, and •the development and study of ontologies and semantics from a cognitive-science perspective.  

The Department Head provides leadership and long-term strategic planning while directing the academic, operational, and fiscal activities of the department.   Applicants seeking the Department Head position should have significant, sustained successful administrative experience and be capable of mentoring junior faculty in their goals toward establishing robust, internationally prominent sponsored-research programs.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from across the country and around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the "Tech Valley" region of the Hudson River Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers scholars and students opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science, and engineering.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five (5) professional references to:

Dean’s Office: School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Search: Cognitive Science
Attn: Kimberley Osburn
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Please send electronic submissions to: osburk@rpi.edu