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College of Engineering and Computing

Dr. John Weidner conducting research in a lab

Opportunities to Join our Team

The College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina (USC) is in the process of expanding its tenured and tenure-track faculty members. The College is seeking thought leaders with the capacity for both creating disciplinary knowledge as well as engaging with synergistic research teams across the college and university. 


Artificial Intelligence Institute

The University of South Carolina is initiating a search for the Director of the new Artificial Intelligence Institute. The pan- University Institute is expected to draw core or affiliated faculty from almost all colleges. The College of Engineering and Computing is well positioned to support this University-wide Institute and is in the midst of expanding its tenured and tenure-track ranks by over 40 faculty members. The Director will be expected to create the vision for the Institute and lead it to international prominence in several areas of research, real-world applications, work-force preparation, and job creation in intelligent systems.

The new Director will have the opportunity to grow strategic areas of research and oversee innovation and modernization of curricula as well as hire the core faculty.  And attract as affiliates several dozen faculty members across the university, and spanning all fields (medicine, pharmacy, public health, education, journalism, social work, nursing, business, humanities, physical sciences, engineering, and computing). The Institute will be housed centrally in the University, and the Director will have significant input into design and function of the space.

The Director will be expected to:
●        Conduct convergent, team-oriented, high impact research, with a substantial portfolio of competitive and center- scale research funds from external sponsors.
●        Engage with key industries/services in the region and foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem with joint projects, technology transfer, and startup formation.
●        Advance AI education and training programs across the University and the state.
●        Position the Institute for national prominence in niche areas within 5 years.
●        Lead multidisciplinary project teams
●        Serve as a mentor to junior faculty and students.

Applicants must be of international stature with an exceptional record of published research in high-quality journals, demonstrated ability to attract significant funding from multiple sources and a history of successful graduate student supervision. Candidates should have an established record of research with teaching performance and credentials and a demonstrated record of world-class scholarship and research accomplishments (including an earned Ph.D. degree in computer science or a closely-related field), commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure in the Department.  Qualified applicants are expected to have both outstanding leadership and administrative skills to enhance the educational and research missions of the department.  The applicant must also show clear evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service efforts. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Expected start date is August 16, 2019. Interested applicants will apply online at with: (1)  a  letter  of  intent, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a concise description of research plans, and (4) names & contact information of 5  references.

Questions about the search may be directed to

Mechanical Engineering

Department Chair

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina seeks nominations and applications for the position of Department Chair.  The Department offers B.S., M.S./M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and in Aerospace Engineering (approved this year, the only aerospace program in the state). The department also offers an MS and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. The department has 33 full-time faculty, an undergraduate enrollment of over 900 students, a graduate enrollment of over 200 students, and over $10.8 million in research expenditures last year. The department is home to six endowed chairs, is home to faculty that support the Biomedical Engineering program and it is also home to the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research.

The College is undergoing unprecedented growth and is in the process of growing its tenured and tenure-track faculty ranks by over 50% (net).  The next chair will have the opportunity to grow strategic areas of research, and oversee innovation and modernization of curricula, as well as continuing to grow the aerospace program. Qualified applicants are expected to have both outstanding leadership and administrative skills to enhance the educational and research missions of the department. Applicants should have a strong record of research and teaching performance, and credentials (including an earned PhD in mechanical, aerospace, or nuclear engineering or a related field) commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure in the Department. 

Interested candidates must apply at Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of a complete application.

Multiple Faculty Openings (Focus Areas)

The College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina (USC) will be hiring over 40 faculty members at all ranks in the next four years. Hiring will focus on the five cross-cutting theme areas, described below, that are essential to the nation and state.

Smart and Connected Communities: Cities and communities are entering a new era in which inhabitants and environments are connected by smart technologies. Enabling such communities requires advances in conceiving, modeling, and developing cyber-physical systems and infrastructure. The interaction of smart systems with human inhabitants is a central aspect of this theme.

Transformative Healthcare: Healthcare is undergoing critical transformation to increase access, improve quality, and reduce cost.  This is driven by changing demographics, increasing complexity of care, medical advancements, and technological improvements.  Necessary improvements lie in areas that range from management and protection of healthcare data to improved detection, modeling and diagnostics of disease. 

Agile Manufacturing: An advanced manufacturing base is essential to the economic and societal health of the state and nation. We seek faculty to discover and develop materials and methods for manufacture of bespoke component. The field is also ripe for development of advanced sensors, controls, and robots, for example, and for digital design, visualization and simulation of manufacturing processes. Also, we seek faculty who can enable the manufacturing supply chain, both its physical infrastructure as well modeling and simulation.

Energy and Water: Safe, flexible, and sustainable supplies of energy and water are vital for connected and healthy communities, for the manufacturing ecosystem, and to support computing infrastructure. The production and delivery of clean water and safe energy are intertwined. Thus, we will build on existing strengths in areas such as energy storage and production, hydrology and water purification, transformation of raw materials. Also, we will enhance faculty expertise in safe, secure control and delivery of energy. We also seek additional expertise in modeling the effects of societal and technological development on our water resources, both inland and coastal.

Transformative Computing: Advances in computing underpin every discipline and all societal needs. We seek both fundamental and applied research that will support CEC initiatives in community connectedness, health care, manufacturing, and energy/water. More specifically, we seek faculty in all aspects of data science, human/machine interactions, robust intelligence, and cybersecurity and privacy.

Applicants are encouraged to consider both their academic homes and how their professional preparation aligns with the five research focus areas. The grid below should be used to direct the submission of application materials. More information about each department and their search interests are found at the links below.

Successful applicants are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research, and to participate in the development, implementation, and delivery of modern and timely curricula.  Please respond to the indicated email address for each position below:

Focus Area Departments and Programs  
Smart & Connected Communities Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering

Electrical Engineering
Integrated Information Technology

Transformative Healthcare Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering

Electrical Engineering
Integrated Information Technology
Agile Manufacturing Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Energy and Water Chemical Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Transformative Computing Computer Science & Engineering

Integrated Information Technology

The University is investing significantly in the College of Engineering and Computing.  These investments enable the College to achieve its vision of producing liberally educated engineers and computer scientists who are exposed to and engage in leading-edge fundamental and translational research.  Being housed in a world-class comprehensive University, the College enjoys a strategic advantage for leading interdisciplinary research and education that makes a difference in society.

Continuing a strong tradition of engineering dating to 1848, USC Engineering and Computing seeks candidates for multiple open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty positions.  Successful candidates are expected to engage in funded research, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and perform service for the institution and professional organizations.  Each successful candidate will have appointment in one or possibly two departments, with one department identified as tenure home, based on individual qualifications.  Rank, tenure status, and compensation are contingent upon experience.  An earned doctoral degree is a requirement.
The University of South Carolina is the flagship university of the state.  It was founded in 1801 and is one of the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities.  Columbia, the seat of South Carolina government, was ranked by as the third best college town in 2016.  The temperate climate, the family friendly and resurgent city, the proximity to the beaches and mountains, and the traditions and beauty of the historic University with forward-leaning benefits and practices, provide for a high quality of life.  The strategic investments of the state over the past two decades in automotive, aerospace, energy, and manufacturing areas provide ample opportunity for collaboration with industry.

Applicants should read each posting carefully and follow instructions regarding submission of required documents.  Questions about the positions in this advertisement should be directed to the addresses in each posting.

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