Chair of Computer Science

University of Western Ontario


The University of Western Ontario
Faculty of Science


Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of
Science. Applications from external and internal candidates, who must hold at least the rank of
Associate Professor with tenure or its international equivalent, will be considered. A record of
high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision, and research in Computer
Science is required, as well as some administrative and research leadership experience.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in Computer Science or related discipline, and a strong
record of research productivity in the form of publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals or
conference proceedings, awards, invited talks and other scholarly achievements. The
successful candidate will have a clear vision for the direction of the Department, demonstrated
leadership ability and integrity, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to be a strong
advocate for the Department. The successful candidate will be forward thinking and able to
recognize, take, and create; research, education, and interdisciplinary opportunities. They must
have the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships both within Science and across
the Western community, as well as in the Canadian Computer Science academic and industrial

The Chair will consult with the Dean on Departmental budgetary requirements and administer
the Departmental budget. The Chair will also be expected to develop and facilitate the
implementation of a Departmental academic, research and administrative plan that will aim to
position the Department within the top tier of Canadian Computer Science departments.
Furthermore, the Chair will be a part of the Faculty of Science leadership team and as such, will
help develop a new academic plan for the Faculty of Science. These plans must be consistent
with one another, as well as with the strategic plans of the University. The Chair will develop
and implement a strategy for mentoring, developing, and supporting Departmental faculty and
staff across career stages, with a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Department of Computer Science is a research-intensive Department in Western's Faculty
of Science, with undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Established research
areas within the Department include algorithms, artificial intelligence & machine learning,
bioinformatics, computational neuroscience, distributed systems & networks, software
engineering and theoretical computer science. The Department has strong ties to industry and
strongly encourages and supports participation in interdisciplinary research. The Department
jointly offers an undergraduate data science program and a professional Master's program in
data analytics with the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences and has established a
collaborative Master's program in Artificial Intelligence. Research is supported by high
performance computing facilities of the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing
Network (SHARCNET) and the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform

Western Science has recently made significant investments in large-scale data analytics and
management. Western Computer Science has recently hired a Western Research Chair in
Cyber-Physical Systems and a Western Research Chair in Computational Neuroscience as well
as regular faculty positions in machine learning. The Department is currently recruiting for a
position in databases. The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering are looking to build upon their current strengths to become a centre
of excellence in the internet of things (IoT), networking and digital services. There are many
opportunities to participate in collaborations with researchers in different application domains
including advanced manufacturing, autonomous systems, and cyber-physical systems.
With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for
success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research
excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also
provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of
employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses. Further information
about Western can be found at

Candidates should submit (electronically) a complete application package that includes a
curriculum vitae, one-page teaching statement, two-page research statement, and a two page
vision statement for the chair role together with a cover letter addressing how their expertise
and proposed research fits this position.

Candidates should also provide contact details of at least three referees who can provide letters
of support. These referees will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.
Please ensure that the Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form available at is completed and included
in your application submission.

While the faculty appointment is tenured, the term of the chair position will normally be for five
years. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment is
anticipated to commence on July 1, 2020.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Matt Davison
Dean of Science
North Campus Building
The University of Western Ontario
Reference Job ID: DOCS2020

Considerations of applications will begin on March 7, 2020 and will continue until the position is

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral
communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals.
Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes
applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons,
persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity
or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian
citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment
process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Brenda
Hutcheson at

In your application, please refer to