Faculty and Staff Openings

Faculty Positions

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following faculty positions. If you have questions about the College of IST or the faculty recruitment process, please email facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Penn State's Human Language Technologies Lab, directed by Dr. Shomir Wilson, seeks applications for an Assistant Research Professor on a project at the intersection of privacy, natural language processing, and computational social science.

This is part of an NIH-funded effort to use transcripts of broadcast police communications to study adverse interactions between law enforcement officers and male minority youth. The hire will participate in all parts of the project but will focus on (1) identifying and mitigating privacy concerns presented by the dataset and (2) studying privacy-related aspects of broadcast police communications more broadly.

The Assistant Research Professor should possess a terminal degree or its equivalent in an academic field related to their research. The candidate must have demonstrated ability as a researcher; and must have shown evidence of professional growth and scholarship in their discipline. 

Candidates should have a strong background in privacy research, including differential privacy and anonymization. Candidates also should have experience mentoring students and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Prior experience with natural language processing and computational social science is a plus.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire. The possibility of renewal beyond that period will depend upon the availability of funds.

​Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Contact information for two references.

Application review will begin on June 11th and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application.

For specific questions about the position, applicants should first consult instructions in Dr. Wilson's Advising FAQ and then contact him if necessary.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) seeks a visionary leader to serve as the Assistant/Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This position is responsible for advancing equality and impact for the college and those it serves; creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff; and will be the key senior leader to guide and implement this work.

Working closely with the College’s dean, faculty, and staff, the Assistant/Associate Dean is responsible for associated strategic planning activities and for implementing and managing College climate programs designed to recruit, retain, and support diverse pools of undergraduate and graduate students in the College. The Assistant/Associate Dean collaborates with the dean and faculty to design and implement programs focused on increasing the diversity of the college’s faculty. This is a full-time, 48-week administrative position and will report to the dean of Information Sciences and Technology.

Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership and be the focal point for all DEI related initiatives.
  • Coordinate DEI programs for educating the college community and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Design, develop and implement strategies to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity, and improve DEI related initiatives, programs, and activities.
  • Lead the Inclusion and Diversity Action Council.
  • Lead and support faculty efforts to promote DEI through gifts, grants and contracts.
  • Stay abreast of current DEI trends and benchmarks in industry and higher education.
  • Create educational opportunities via workshops, training sessions, invited speakers, and curriculum development in the area of DEI.

Communication and Outreach

  • Provide effective and timely communication within the college regarding DEI issues and initiatives.
  • Partner with college and university leaders to identify, plan, implement and assess activities that promote DEI, including training and educational programs related to managing a diverse workforce, reducing implicit bias, and other relevant topics.

Advocacy

  • Provide advocacy for underrepresented faculty, staff and students in matters related to DEI.
  • Partner with relevant university office to assist in recruiting diverse faculty, staff and students and help create an environment conducive to retaining a diverse community.
  • Provide mentorship for faculty, staff and students from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Partner with relevant university officers to address issues of accessibility of buildings, facilities, and grounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph. D or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Record of excellence and experience in building, delivering, and advancing institutional DEI programs and activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others and in developing professional networks.
  • Experience developing techniques to analyze and assess DEI programs, their successes and their opportunities for improvement.
  • Familiarity with laws and legislations pertinent to DEI and fair employment practices.
  • Experience in communicating with various stakeholders and presenting to large and small groups in various forums.
  • Ability to support the college’s broad range of activities and initiatives.

While not required, individuals with faculty credentials/qualifications will be appointed to the position with a faculty affiliation. Appointment as Associate Dean will be based on commensurate experience.

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as aligned with the mission of the College of IST in their cover letter and resume.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for multiple, Open-Rank Teaching Faculty positions. Review of applications begins immediately, with positions starting as early as Fall 2022. These are non-tenure-line, multi-year appointments with an excellent possibility of renewal.

The primary responsibility will be teaching undergraduate courses including residential, online, and hybrid courses. As appropriate, qualified faculty may also teach graduate courses. Successful candidates should be prepared to teach relevant introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in one or more of the following areas:

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations:

  • Information security
  • Applied cryptography
  • Systems security, software security, cloud security, network security to include firewalls, intrusion detection, and cryptographic network protocols
  • Malware analytics and software reverse engineering
  • Penetration testing
  • Network traffic analysis
  • Cyber Forensics including network, mobile device, memory, desktop, etc. forensics
  • Cybercrime and Cyber law
  • Security management

Data Science:

  • Introduction to Data Sciences
  • Data Management for Data Sciences
  • Privacy and Security
  • Data Integration
  • Data Visualization
  • Programming Models for Big Data
  • Applied Data Sciences
  • Data Sciences Capstone

Enterprise Technology Integration:

  • Development for enterprise web technologies
  • Organizational and project management
  • Database management and administration
  • Systems and enterprise integration
  • Advanced database design and management
  • Cloud-based technology solutions and integration
  • Discipline-specific application and integration in the use of technology (e.g. healthcare, finance, business, agriculture, etc.)

Human-Centered Design & Development:

  • Introductory, intermediate, and advanced programming in Java
  • Programming for the web
  • Programming for mobile applications
  • Software design and development
  • Interaction design and development
  • High and low fidelity prototyping, and user interface development tools
  • Studying users, interface design, and interaction

Security Risk Analysis:

  • Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis
  • Threat of Terrorism & Crime
  • Overview of Information Security
  • Decision Theory and Analytic
  • Visual Analytics
  • Risk Analysis in a Security Context
  • Statistics for Security and Risk Analysis
  • The Intelligence Environment
  • Deception and Counter-Deception
  • Security Risk Analysis Capstone

Foundational first- and second-year undergraduate courses addressing:

  • Introduction to Information, People, and Technology
  • Introduction to Application Development
  • Organization of Data
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics

Applicants must have a master’s or terminal degree in a related field including but not limited to informatics, information science, information systems, computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, data science, or human computer interaction by appointment date and a commitment to teaching learners at all levels and from all backgrounds. Successful candidates will be prepared to teach courses in one or more of the areas listed above. Candidates will be considered for a teaching faculty rank commensurate with their education and experience in accordance with AC21.

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. Applicants must include with their application the following materials:

  1. Cover letter detailing qualifications for the position including relevant educational background as well as any teaching or industry experience related to the areas of interest mentioned above
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. One-page teaching statement
  4. Statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college and align with the mission of the college
  5. References (as indicated below)

Applicants should also arrange for at least three reference letters to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu. Inquiries about the positions may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu. It is imperative that you describe the area(s), programs, or specific classes you closely align with, as described above.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with approximately 44,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. The College of IST has award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Both faculty and students are dedicated to collaboration and applying knowledge to make our lives better. See: http://ist.psu.edu. University Park is located in State College, PA, ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the US by CQ Press and the 8th best college town by Best College Reviews.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is seeking an academic administrator with a strong background in operational management to serve as its Assistant Dean for Academic Services. The Assistant Dean will provide day-to-day leadership, administration, planning and oversight for academic services within the college, including:

  • Academic Advising
  • Student Recruitment and Engagement
  • Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement
  • Instructional Design
  • Academic Operations (Undergraduate and Graduate, Residential and Online)
  • Curricular Planning and Assessment

The successful candidate’s responsibilities include managing and mentoring assigned staff in administrative functions including, but not limited to, hiring, training, performance management, professional development, and salary recommendations. The Assistant Dean will regularly meet and consult with the Dean and other college leadership on a wide array of matters pertaining to the college for both operational and long- and short-range strategic planning needs. The Assistant Dean will oversee a significant portion of the college’s strategic plan. In conjunction with college leadership colleagues, the Assistant Dean will provide data-informed decision-making insights to the Dean with a focus on key performance indicators and assessment of student, faculty, staff, resource management and external influences.

This is an academic administrator position that requires a Master’s degree and at least eight years of effective experience in higher education administration. A doctorate and previous experience in education, counseling, advising, higher education administration, or a related field is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience in exercising sound judgment, strong leadership, a high level of motivation and exceptional collaboration skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a proven record of success as a member of a professional team are highly desired.

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST.

Applications should include: a letter describing how your interests and experience integrates with the mission of the college and the responsibilities of the position, a resume or curriculum vitae, as well as the names, addresses, and contact information of three potential references.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) at The Pennsylvania State University, as part of a major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Sciences (DS), invites applications for open-rank tenure-line faculty positions in AI beginning in Fall 2022. IST will serve as the tenure home.

We seek outstanding candidates with a strong track record of research and publications on AI/DS methodologies for accelerating science or scientific discovery in one or more scientific disciplines, e.g., biomedical and health sciences, life sciences, material sciences, behavioral, cognitive and brain sciences, among others. While we welcome applications from individuals with expertise in Scientific AI, we are especially interested in candidates with a strong track record of contributions in:

  • Novel methodologies in literature-based scientific discovery e.g., extraction, annotation, integration, and validation of scientific claims, hypotheses, and supporting and opposing evidence from the literature
  • Scientific knowledge representation, e.g., frameworks for encoding, communicating, and reasoning with models or abstractions of scientific domains, and scientific artifacts (data, experiments, hypotheses, models, scientific arguments, etc.)
  • Experiment planning, optimization, documentation, and replication
  • Machine learning and causal inference from observational or experimental data, especially methods that integrate information from multiple modalities and scales, incorporate prior knowledge or constraints (e.g., physics), or explain the learned models and their predictions
  • Human-AI communication, interaction, and collaboration in scientific discovery

Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses including residential, online, or hybrid courses. Successful candidates for the Assistant Professor position will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Informatics, Computer Science, Statistics) prior to beginning employment at The Pennsylvania State University and should demonstrate strong research potential and commitment to interdisciplinary research and education at the interface of AI, DS, and one or more scientific discipline. Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor position will have the same qualifications as the Assistant Professor and a strong track record of research, publications, and funding. Candidates for the Full Professor position the same qualifications as candidates for the Associate Professor and a track record of research, publications, and funding that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in AI, Informatics, or Data Sciences. All candidates must pass a background check before beginning employment.

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The college is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

Applicants should include with their application: (1) a cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 3-5 page research statement outlining future research plans, (4) a one-page teaching statement, and (5) a statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in AI, Informatics, or Computational and Data Sciences. Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu.  Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should provide contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.

As part of the major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in AI and DS, the College of IST has an additional search for open-rank, tenure-track faculty hires in DS and AI. Candidates are welcome to apply to that search as well as this IST/ICDS co-hire position and express interest in both positions in the cover letter. The College of IST at Pennsylvania State University has a growing cadre of faculty with research expertise in informatics and data sciences (including artificial intelligence, machine learning, information integration, image analytics, text analytics, data privacy, and data ethics). IST offers a highly collaborative interdisciplinary research environment, strong research programs in data sciences, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, information security and privacy, and socio-technical systems, a strong Ph.D. program in informatics, and several highly successful undergraduate programs (including one in Data Sciences).

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), one of five university-wide interdisciplinary institutes, is home for advanced interdisciplinary computation and data-enabled collaborative science at Penn State. ICDS fosters both high-impact computational and data science methodologies as well as their applications to address a broad range of scientific and societal challenges, multifaceted models, and their societal impacts. ICDS supports a vibrant community of scholars, which includes more than 30 co-hired faculty and over 300 affiliated researchers with access to ICDS advanced research computing infrastructure and a cadre of technical experts, research scientists, and engineers.

As ICDS co-hires, the successful candidates will be expected to engage in computation and data-intensive research, including some of the development and/or application of innovative machine learning and computational methods, big data, complex simulations, and AI. Further information on the institute and its co-hires can be found at: icds.psu.edu.

Co-hires will contribute to interdisciplinary research initiatives of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications, a university-wide research center focused on AI for accelerating science. Co-hires will have a unique opportunity to contribute to innovative graduate and undergraduate education and training in Data Sciences, Informatics, AI and related areas. Co-hires will also have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in other newly established AI centers such as the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence and the Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems as well as other university institutes including the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Institute for Energy and Environment, the Social Science Research Institute, the Materials Research Institute, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with approximately 46,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class research infrastructure, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages.  The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its exceptional quality of life including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families, including two on-campus child care centers and well-regarded local school systems.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University, as part of a major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in Data Science (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), invites applications for multiple, open-rank, tenure-line faculty positions in Data Sciences (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) beginning in Fall 2022. The new hires will build on the College's existing strengths in artificial intelligence, data sciences, security and privacy, and relevant interdisciplinary research areas, as well as expand in new areas of strength.

We seek outstanding candidates with a strong track record of research and publications in all areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. This may include any of the following areas: human-centered DS/AI, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, causal inference, explainable AI, robotics, multi-agent systems, planning and decision making, reasoning under uncertainty, game theory, knowledge representation, affective computing, human-AI collaboration, data mining, data visualization, data integration, big data analytics, predictive analytics, database management and data architecture.

We are especially interested in candidates whose research contribute to DS/AI for social good, DS/AI for accelerating science and engineering, socially responsible DS/AI, and/or DS/AI that addresses societal or scientific challenges. We construe these areas broadly to include applications in fields like privacy, security, fairness, physical and mental health, social care, sustainability, energy, environment, engineering and science. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses including residential, online, or hybrid courses.

Successful candidates for the Assistant Professor position will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Informatics, Computer Science, Statistics) prior to beginning employment at Pennsylvania State University and should demonstrate strong research potential and commitment to interdisciplinary research and education. Candidates for the Associate Professor position will have a Ph.D. and a strong track record of research, publications, and funding. Candidates for the Full Professor position will have a Ph.D. and a track record of research, publications, and funding that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in Data Sciences and/or Artificial Intelligence. All candidates must pass a background check before beginning employment.

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The college is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

Review of applications begins on December 1, 2021, and will continue until positions are filled. Applicants must include with their application the following materials:

  • Cover letter detailing qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3-5 page research statement outlining future research plans
  • One-page teaching statement
  • Statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college and align with the mission of the College.
  • Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu.
  • Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should provide contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.

As part of the major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in AI and DS, the College of IST has an additional search for open-rank, tenure-line faculty hires in AI for accelerating science or scientific discovery, which is a co-hire position together with the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) at the Pennsylvania State University. Candidates are welcome to apply to that IST/ICDS co-hire position as well as this IST position in DS/AI and express interest in both positions in the cover letter.

The College of IST at Pennsylvania State University has a growing cadre of faculty with research expertise in informatics and data sciences (including artificial intelligence, machine learning, information integration, image analytics, text analytics, data privacy, and data ethics). IST offers a highly collaborative interdisciplinary research environment, strong research programs in data sciences, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, information security and privacy, and socio-technical systems, a strong Ph.D. program in informatics, and several highly successful undergraduate programs (including one in Data Sciences).  See: ist.psu.edu. Additional collaborative opportunities are offered by the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Institute for Energy and Environment, the Social Science Research Institute, the Materials Research Institute, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate with numerous researchers on various interdisciplinary topics through recently established AI centers such as Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications, Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with approximately 46,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class research infrastructure, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages.  The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its safe metropolitan area, exceptional quality of life including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families, including two on-campus child care centers and well regarded local school systems.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position with a focus on accessibility. This is an open-rank search, with the possibility of multiple hires. The expectation is that the successful candidate will hold a joint appointment, with the College of Information Sciences and Technology serving as the tenure home. We anticipate a start date of July 2022.

We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in accessibility related topics such as: developing novel design and evaluation methodology for access technologies; understanding the needs of individuals with disabilities (e.g., sensory, communicative, physical); promoting accessibility in healthy aging; employing theoretical frameworks in assistive technology development; exploring brain-computer interface; leveraging artificial intelligence for accessibility; and identifying and addressing accessibility needs in under-resourced communities. The candidate will have opportunities to work across both colleges as well as the Social Science Research Institute, the Hershey Medical Center, and Disability Access Initiative. Candidates should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses including residential, online, or hybrid courses. As appropriate, the successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to teach courses in both IST and HHD.

Applicants must upload with their application the following materials: 

(1) a cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a three–five page research statement outlining future research plans, (4) a one-page teaching statement, and (5) a statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the two colleges and align with their missions. Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should upload contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references.

Review of applications has started and will continue until positions are filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.  

Competitive applicants for the position at the rank of Assistant Professor will possess a PhD in Information Sciences, Computer Science, Interaction Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, Health Sciences, or related fields before beginning employment at Penn State. Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor should have the same qualifications as the assistant professor, as well as, a strong track record of scholarly achievement, external funding, and demonstrated success in teaching and service. Candidates for Full Professor should have the same qualifications as the associate professor, as well as, a track record of research publications, funding, teaching and service that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in the field of accessibility, broadly defined.

We are strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The colleges are committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in one or both college as well as aligning with the mission of the colleges in a separate statement.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with undergraduate enrollment of approximately 44,000 students and offering more than 150 programs of graduate study. The colleges of IST and HHD have award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Both faculty and students are dedicated to collaboration and applying knowledge to make a positive impact in the society. University Park is located in central Pennsylvania, ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the United States by CQ Press, and the 8th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University, as part of a major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in cybersecurity and privacy, invites applications for multiple, open-rank, tenured/tenure-line faculty positions beginning in Fall 2022. We seek outstanding candidates with a strong track record of research to strengthen and complement our current research programs. We are interested broadly in all areas of cybersecurity and privacy, including, but not limited to:

  • Privacy: privacy by design, privacy-enhancing technologies, data privacy, etc.
  • Human Factors of cybersecurity and privacy, economics of cybersecurity
  • Security of Artificial Intelligence

Successful candidates are expected to develop an internationally competitive, externally funded research program, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Successful candidates for the Assistant Professor position must have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in computer science, information science or a closely related field prior to beginning employment at Penn State and should demonstrate strong research potential and commitment to graduate and undergraduate education; Candidates for the Associate Professor position must have the same qualifications as the Assistant Professor and a strong track record of research, publications, and funding; Candidates for the Full Professor position must have the same requirements of the Associate Professor and a track record of research, publications, and funding that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in Cybersecurity and Privacy. All candidates must pass a background check before beginning employment.

The College of IST offers a highly collaborative interdisciplinary research environment with a strong, externally funded research program in cybersecurity and privacy. Additional opportunities for research collaboration are offered by other colleges at Penn State and by the Institute for Data and Computational Sciences, the Social Sciences Research Institute, and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. The College has a strong Ph.D. program with over 130 Ph.D. students, and a rapidly growing Bachelor of Science major in Cybersecurity as well as a Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

Applicants should include the following materials with their application: (1) cover letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) 2-3 page research statement, (4) 1-2 page teaching statement, (5) contact information for 3-5 references, and (6) a statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college and align with the mission of the College. Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu.  Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should provide contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references. 

Applications will be reviewed starting from December 15, 2021 and will continue until filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with undergraduate enrollment of approximately 44,000 students and offering more than 150 programs of graduate study. The College of IST has award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Both faculty and students are dedicated to collaboration and applying knowledge to make our lives better. University Park is located in State College, Pennsylvania, which is ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the United States by CQ Press, and the 8th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Pennsylvania State University is seeking an outstanding Assistant Research Professor to join the Intelligent Information Systems Laboratory at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The position is available as soon as December 1, 2021, and is a non-tenure line, limited term faculty position.

The Assistant Research Professor will be involved in pursuing research and mentoring students in biomedical and health informatics. Initially, the faculty member will be expected to contribute to a project focusing on personal health libraries for consumers and patients, and recommendation systems. The project involves research on digital libraries, natural language processing, information retrieval, knowledge extraction and knowledge graphs, indexing and mining from text and images, mediated information integration, database systems and ontology-based inter operation, social network analysis, and knowledge management in the area of health informatics.

Required skills for all positions include a strong record of technical excellence and achievement as demonstrated through publications, presentations at national and international meetings, and research in relevant disciplines such as medical informatics, digital libraries, data and text mining, information retrieval, information extraction, information integration, database systems, web information systems, machine learning, natural language processing, etc.

The applicant must possess a strong prior experience in software development and the ability to design and perform experiments to validate research hypotheses. The applicant must have demonstrated strong written communication skills. The candidate must be self-directed and have the ability and willingness to mentor Ph.D. students working in the project. Prior experience in working in an interdisciplinary, team-oriented technical atmosphere is desirable.

Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, or a related area prior to the start of the appointment, and must have a strong commitment to teaching. A successful candidate will be expected to teach one or two courses per year at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels and will be provided generous research support.

Application Requirements:

  • All applications should include a curriculum vita, a list of publications, a brief (3-page total) statements of research and teaching interests and a statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • Applicants should submit the names and contact information of at least three references.

Application deadline:

  • Applications will be considered starting immediately and will be accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

The Pennsylvania State University is a premier Research I university in the northeastern United States situated in a university town, State College, that is within three to four hours by car from New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, etc.  Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, State College has an affordable cost of living and small university town charm.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) seeks an Assistant Research Professor to join an interdisciplinary team investigating practices, experiences and infrastructures for collaboration and innovation. The team is led by John M. Carroll. This is a full time, 12-month, non-tenure line position with a possibility of renewing dependent upon performance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct design research, field studies, and laboratory experiments addressing new kinds of support for collaborative  and community activities and experiences
  • Help supervise graduate and undergraduate research students
  • Teach one course per year in the College of Information Sciences and Technology

Required qualification:

The Assistant Research Professor should possess a terminal degree or its equivalent in Computer Science, Information Science, HCI or related field. Alternatively,  a candidate who will be receiving their terminal (Ph.D.) degree by 01 January 2022 may be considered for this position.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience-centered design, participatory design, usability evaluation, and ethnographic field methods, as well as social computing and community informatics
  • Software design, programming, and database expertise in developing web and mobile applications
  • Enthusiasm for communicating research results at scientific conferences and in academic journals
  • Desire to work in an interdisciplinary team developing computer technologies and applications
  • Engagement with and gathering data from users and other stakeholders

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

To Apply:

For information, contact jmcarroll@psu.edu. All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. Applicants should include with their application:

  • Cover letter describing qualifications
  • CV
  • Names and contact information of 3 professional references.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State’s 24 campuses, with undergraduate enrollment of approximately 44,000 students and offering more than 150 programs of graduate study. The campus is located in State College PA, ranked the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the United States by CQ Press, and the 8th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews. The College of IST has award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Both faculty and students are dedicated to collaboration and applying knowledge to make human lives better.

Staff Positions

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions. If you have any questions regarding a position, please email humanresources@ist.psu.edu. The below guides will assist you as you apply, but if you have any questions on the application process, please contact HR Services at (814) 865-1473 for assistance.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) seeks a Multimedia Specialist to join the Office of Learning Design’s production team. The successful candidate will work closely with our instructional designers, production staff, and faculty partners, to support the development, delivery, and innovation of multimedia solutions for IST's extensive portfolio of courses.

Responsibilities include working collaboratively with stakeholders to lead and further innovation, accessibility, consistency, and quality of all multimedia work including both online and resident instruction for both graduate and undergraduate programs. This position will lead production-related tasks in alignment with goals of the college and office.

The person in this position needs a thorough understanding of multimedia resources and available options, which allows them to identify and implement appropriate solutions, offer insight and feedback, and generally enhance the work of staff and faculty partners. Tasks may include recruiting, hiring, and supervising production staff and student wage employees. Coordinating the completion of production projects would include the development of project management resources. 

The Multimedia Specialist will support the innovation of new multimedia ideas, including the creation, development, and revision of rich multimedia content to be embedded into courses. Candidates will make proactive recommendations for best practices and improvements in our media and workflow, promote the accessibility of all related multimedia, and organize/maintain an extensive library of multimedia assets. Candidates must possess expert technical skills in all facets of audio/visual production, animation, and related multimedia work, and have experience in communicating, presenting, and incorporating ideas and feedback.

Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment both independently and within a collaborative team. Candidates need to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, and have the ability to both lead tasks and take direction. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal and time management skills, are essential.  

Recent and extensive experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (including Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and Microsoft 365 Office Suite is a minimum requirement. The additional software experience is strongly preferred, especially with various educational technologies, Kaltura, WordPress, and Python. The candidate should have experience in learning and applying up-to-date techniques related to PSU visual identity standards, web standards, usability, user experience, responsive design, and accessibility.  

Please apply with a resume and a cover letter that indicates both your interest in this particular position and your applicable experience. Include a link to a portfolio or website with samples of your work. This job typically requires an Associate's degree or higher and 2+ years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as aligned with the mission of the College of IST in their cover letter and resume.

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) seeks a creative, collaborative, process-oriented individual to join our Academic Services Operations (ASO) team as an Administrative Support Assistant and provide support to the greater IST Academic Services team. ASO, a group with IST’s Academic Services unit, provides centralized support to other Academic Services groups, including:

  • Advising
  • Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement
  • Recruiting and Student Engagement
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Learning Design

Key responsibilities may include:

  • Plan, organize, and coordinate the unit’s interactions with IST finance office, serving as the main point of contact for hiring adjunct lecturers, processing supplemental pay, understanding budget information, improving purchasing workflows; processing and approving various human resources forms/tasks
  • Strategize and coordinate with the IST Scholarship Awarding committee team to prepare, maintain, and distribute scholarship awards
  • Analyze ASO administrative operating practices to create new or revise established workflows to support the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Assist supervisor with the resolution of issues or conflicts by investigating/researching issues, compiling background materials, drafting reports, and making recommendations
  • Resolve complex inquiries and ensure compliance with work unit and/or University policies and procedures 
  • Assist with the collection of data for reports and ad hoc requests, composing appropriate documentation and related reports to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders, maintaining confidentiality as needed
  • Contribute to a central unit repository of process documentation
  • Coordinate other projects, support needs, and tasks, as needed

The successful candidate will be self-directed, priority-driven, and project manage multiple responsibilities in a busy office setting. They will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, display a genuine appreciation for working with diverse audiences, be guided by ethical decision-making, and show an openness to considering multiple viewpoints. 

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are critical to the position. Additionally, a willingness to learn new technologies and processes, a strong commitment to a collaborative and flexible teamwork environment, and quality customer service-focus attitude are required. 

This position will be filled at a level 3 or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Candidates for the level 4 also must demonstrate additional leadership, experience, and expertise in more than one area.

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Microsoft Office 365 products (including outlook and Teams) or similar platform
  • Spreadsheet expertise (Excel or other platform)
  • Collaborative work platform experience (Google Suite, Smartsheet, etc.)

Experience in the following areas/systems is desired, but not mandatory:

  • eSteward
  • Worklion/Workday
  • SIMBA

At IST, we are strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. We are committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as aligned with the mission of the College of IST in their cover letter and resume. 

In addition to a resume, please submit a cover letter which describes how your experience, skills, and interests support the requirements and responsibilities of the position.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.