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Open Rank, Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty in Machine Learning and Cyber Security
University of Georgia

Date Posted Dec. 15, 2022
Title Open Rank, Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty in Machine Learning and Cyber Security
University University of Georgia
Athens, GA, United States
Department College of Engineering
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date August 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
    Engineering - Other

The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is seeking to grow and diversify its programs through investments in faculty with expertise in advanced signal processing and artificial intelligence as it applies to the research and scholarship in Cyber-Physical Systems including but not limited to power and health systems. 
The College invites applications for multiple open rank, 9-month tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in Advanced Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence in Cyber-Physical Systems at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank. These positions seek to identify highly qualified candidates with expertise at the intersection of data science and artificial intelligence with Cyber-Physical Systems and Security, in particular IoT, power and control systems, healthcare systems, zero-trust and web 3.0. We particularly look for strong candidates with fundamental and applied research on these two areas: (a) Advanced Signal Processing, (b) Explainable Deep Learning with Domain Generalization. This position will be centered in the College of Engineering's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and will be supervised by the School Chair.

These positions will start on August 1, 2023, and are academic-year appointments (9 months) with an opportunity to supplement salary during the summer.

Candidates considered for the associate or full professor rank must have qualifications and academic credentials that are commensurate to these ranks, as outlined in the promotion and tenure guidelines at the University of Georgia. These guidelines can be found at the College of Engineering Criteria for Promotion and Tenure. This is multi-year effort at the College level; school appointments will be made based on area of expertise in consultation with the appropriate School Chair and Dean.

The new faculty members are expected to develop a vigorous, high-impact, externally funded research program; work closely with other members of the cluster hire and existing faculty; effectively mentor graduate students and postdoctoral scientists; effectively support our teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment within the university.

This is part of a major, campus-wide Presidential hiring initiative in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence that aims to recruit 50 faculty members who will educate students and advance research in data science and AI over the next two years. Rather than being housed exclusively in a single department, however, the majority of UGA’s newly recruited faculty will focus on the fusion of data science and AI in cross-cutting areas such as infectious diseases, integrative precision agriculture, ethics, cybersecurity, resilient communities and the environment.

The College of Engineering already has significant expertise in the areas of Cyber-Physical Systems, Embedded Systems, Internet-of-Things, Machine and Deep Learning Applications. Examples are the interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering and colleagues affiliated with the recently established Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, as well as with other departments and institutes within and outside the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering creates an ideal environment for candidates looking to explore security and resilience issues in Embedded Systems, IoT and CPS, which include but are not limited to AI-based decision making, robotics, smart grids, access control and cybersecurity, smart infrastructure and agriculture, medical/health data analytics and infection diseases dynamic monitoring and prediction.

The UGA College of Engineering will utilize this initiative to demonstrate our commitment to diversifying our faculty and ensuring that we maintain and grow the culture of equity and inclusivity present in our College. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University and the College of Engineering’s Strategic Plan, and this hiring initiative will make use of the best practices to ensure an inclusive search process. The Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the College of Engineering identifies priority areas for our investments and through the 2022-2023 academic year we are working to finalize a Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan. The College offers structured mentoring programs for all faculty that support professional development. Several programs exist to enhance the inclusiveness of our College, including a student-led Engineering Equity Council and facilitated dialogue that promotes discourse on topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Faculty hired as part of this initiative will join a rapidly-growing College of Engineering that combines interdisciplinary research and scholarship with excellent instruction and service. The UGA College of Engineering currently enrolls over 4,000 engineering majors and has over 125 full-time faculty across 15 degree programs. The College of Engineering is comprised for four interdisciplinary schools: The School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical EngineeringThe School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringThe School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineeringand The School of Computing — an innovative joint program shared with Franklin College of Arts and Sciences which launched this year.

Significant investments in infrastructure have resulted in an expansion of laboratory facilities for research and scholarship and new classrooms and instructional labs. College of Engineering faculty will have space in two major capital projects on campus to create interdisciplinary research facilities. Our main instructional facility, Driftmier Engineering Center, has also undergone complete renovation to create flexible classrooms that enable a range of teaching modalities and the incorporation of interdisciplinary instructional labs. The common instructional facilities also foster diversity by allowing faculty, staff, and students to interact and collaborate in a single facility.



Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in any engineering discipline relevant to the field of machine learning and cyber security.


Relevant/Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong record of research, scholarship, and instruction that is commensurate with the stage in their professional career and aligned with the areas of research and scholarship associated with this position
  • A focus on interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses critical societal challenges.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship, teaching, and/or service endeavors.




Application Procedure

To apply, please submit applications at:


Applicants are asked to submit the following information along with their application:

  • A detailed curriculum vita.
  • A cover letter (not to exceed one page) addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position.
  • A statement describing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as evidenced by scholarship, teaching, and/or service endeavors as well as the creation of an equitable and inclusive professional environment – not to exceed 2 pages.
  • A teaching statement not to exceed 2 pages.
  • A research statement not to exceed 2 pages.
  • The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.  



Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. WenZhan Song at


All applications received by December 3, 2022 will receive full consideration. 


About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

  • The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (


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Contact Information

  • Dr. WenZhan Song
    College of Engineering
    University of Georgia
    500 D.W. Brooks Drive
    College of Engineering
    Athens, GA 30602


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