Academic Openings


Director, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and Full Professorship

Director, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and Full Professorship

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720


THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY invites applications for an approved tenured FULL PROFESSORSHIP commencing with a five-year 100% appointment as DIRECTOR of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research. The expected start date for this position is July 1, 2017. The candidate’s designated home department is open, but should be in a field closely related to the theory of computing.

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is dedicated to collaborative research in theoretical computer science. Established on July 1, 2012 with a grant of $60 million from the Simons Foundation, the Institute is housed in Calvin Lab, a dedicated building on the Berkeley campus. Its goal is to bring together the world's leading researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields, as well as the next generation of outstanding young scholars, to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation. For more information about the Institute, visit:

The Director will:

  • Serve as the scientific and administrative leader of the Institute;
  • Guide the scientific vision of the Institute and participate in the selection of scientific programs and of the participants in those programs;
  • Lead the Institute's efforts to attract funding from public and private sources to support the growth and long-term sustainability of the Institute;
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for building research collaborations with local, regional, national and worldwide institutions;
  • Interact in an effective and collegial manner with departments and research units within the University of California and in the broader scientific and industrial community;
  • Support the development of outreach and educational activities that communicate the nature and aims of the theory of computation to scientific colleagues, students and the general public.


The minimum qualification required to be considered an applicant for the position is a Ph.D. degree or equivalent degree in theoretical computer science or a related field. Additional qualifications include a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research and mentorship, as well as leadership in theoretical computer science and its applications.

To apply please submit a current Curriculum Vitae. The initial application review will be kept confidential. No letters of reference are required to apply.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive and will continue to be reviewed until April 15, 2016, when the application period closes. Applications received after that date cannot be considered.


If you have questions or need further information about this recruitment process, please email eecs-faculty-recruiting [at] eecs [dot] berkeley [dot] edu.

The Simons Institute seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The Simons Institute is also committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: