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South Dakota State University
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Posted: 07/17/2023
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (Computer Science)

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applicants for a 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track faculty position at the academic rank of Assistant Professor in Computer Science with a tentative begin date of Fall 2023. This position is supervised by the Department Head of EECS at SDSU.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

We are seeking applicants who are interested in developing an active research program that engages SDSU students and seeks external funding. Several faculty members in the EECS department are NSF-funded and publish in top research venues, with concentrations in big data, computer networks, natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering is active in research activities, and the college has received two prestigious NSF CAREER awards in the past two years.


The ideal candidate will be expected to teach and perform research in one of the following preferred areas in computer science (CS); software engineering (SE), Big Data, cloud computing, machine learning and deep learning, or closely related areas. The successful candidate is expected to establish and sustain an independent and vibrant research agenda that includes securing independent funding from various sources, mentoring/supervising graduate students in research, and disseminating research results in leading scientific journals and conference proceedings. Teaching responsibilities will include instructing standard undergraduate courses in CS and developing/delivering upper-level courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. The candidate will work with graduate and undergraduate students on existing CS/SE and university research programs. The candidate will also develop a curriculum and demonstrate effective teaching in classroom and lab settings for undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate will contribute to professional societies through research, teaching, and service to the diversity of thought and excellence of the next generation of computer scientists. We seek individuals with a strong interest to collaborate with existing research expertise in the domain areas in EECS and the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.


  • Earned Ph.D. in computer science, software engineering, or a closely related field by start date.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Research experience in computer science, software engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.


  • Knowledge or experience to pursue and secure funding from various sources.
  • Record of or potential for publications in premium journals and flagship conferences.
  • Ability and commitment to establish and sustain independent and interdisciplinary collaborative research.
  • Aptitude as an effective instructor in CS/SE courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Involvement and engagement with professional organizations and societies.
  • Understanding of tech-transfer and intellectual property filings.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive, and the only land-grant university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million in annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering is one of eight colleges within South Dakota State University. The College has a rich history of success in fulfilling its land-grant mission in teaching, research, and outreach and is made up of six departments: agricultural and biosystems engineering, civil and environmental engineering, construction and operations management, electrical engineering and computer science, mathematics and statistics, and mechanical engineering. The College was officially named the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering in June 2013 to honor Mr. Lohr’s profound role in transforming the College as a donor, fundraiser and advocate. The vision of the College is to be a nationally recognized, regionally relevant, student-centered, and accessible land-grant college, and achieve the university’s mission of providing a rigorous, practical education oriented toward problem-solving, conducting world-class regionally relevant research, and providing technical assistance to existing and emerging business, industry and government.

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department is one of the largest departments within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at SDSU with 15 faculty members and more than 300 students. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science and electrical engineering and has a rich history of success in fulfilling its mission in teaching, research, and service.

The department occupies modern facilities with well-equipped laboratories and supercomputing resources for both instruction and research. Active student branches of four technical societies provide students with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that develop professional competence and leadership skills. The environment for study and work is friendly and supportive.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by September 1, 2023.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Kwanghee Won at (605) 688-4346 or kwanghee.won@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.