Jobs: Tenure-track positions in game design/development or HCI at Virginia Tech

Tenure-track positions in game design/development or HCI, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science is searching for multiple tenured and tenure-track faculty members to join our vibrant, collaborative, and rapidly growing department. We are especially encouraging applicants with expertise in either game design/development *or* human-computer interaction (HCI).

Gaming-focused applicants working in any technical area of digital game design/development are also encouraged, and this position is one of several gaming-related faculty searches happening this year as part of the new Creative Technologies + Experiences strategic growth area.

HCI-focused applicants may complement our faculty’s existing strengths, including virtual/augmented reality, visualization, social informatics, tangible interfaces, digital libraries, and creativity support, or bring new expertise in HCI.

For more details, or to apply:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or related field at the time of appointment and a rank-appropriate record of scholarship and collaboration in computing research, broadly defined. Successful candidates should give evidence of sensitivity to issues of diversity in the campus community and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor graduate students, and develop a high quality research program.

The department has 39 tenured and tenure-track faculty, over 700 undergraduate majors (17% women), 68 MS students, and 181 PhD students. Departmental research expenditures last year were $14 million. Candidates will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of productive research groups within the department including computational biology and bioinformatics, computational science, computer science education, cybersecurity, data analytics and machine learning, human-computer interaction, software engineering, and computer systems. Several research centers led by CS faculty enable large multidisciplinary efforts, including the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (, the Discovery Analytics Center (, stack@cs, the Synergistic Environments for Experimental Computing Center (, the Biocomplexity Institute (, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology ( The department also plays a central role in several university-wide research and teaching initiatives (, leading to new investments in Data Analytics and Decision Sciences, Integrated Security, Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities, and Creative Technologies and Experiences. The department is in the College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 15th and graduate program ranks 21st among U.S. engineering schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2015).

These faculty positions are located at the main campus in Blacksburg, VA, in a region that is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. The positions require occasional travel to professional meetings. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. Selected candidates must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.

Applications must be submitted online to for posting #TR0160116. Applicant screening will begin on November 20, 2016 and continue until positions are filled [Note: This announcement was posted to GAMESNETWORK on November 28 –ML]. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Ali Butt, Search Committee Chair,

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