Director of Computer Science
NYU Shanghai

Director of Computer Science


Shanghai, China

Start date

Nov 7, 2023


NYU Shanghai is currently inviting applications for a position at the rank of associate or full professor for the position of Director of the Shanghai Frontiers Science Center of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning.

The Shanghai Frontiers Science Center of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning is a newly founded center, supported by an external sponsored grant. It is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the field of artificial intelligence and deep learning, and fully explores the mathematical foundation behind artificial intelligence by intersecting with mathematics, physics, chemistry and other disciplines. The Center has twenty faculty and an associated training program.

The Director will work with senior leadership to develop and implement a research and training strategy for the center, building visibility and a reputation for the center.  Located in Shanghai, the Director will report to the Dean of Computer Science, Data Science, and Engineering, who in turn reports to the University’s Provost.  Due to its interdisciplinary and funding nature, the Director also will have the opportunity to engage in initiatives that traverse the University and the NYU network. The duties include:

  • Building vibrant research programs in related areas by developing strong and interdisciplinary collaborations externally and across the different schools at the University; 

  • Serving on relevant committees, contributing to successful recruitment and onboard of researchers, and participating in other initiatives relevant to the Center;

  • Building a strong training program for the next generation of top scholars, including leading, mentoring, evaluating, and recruiting a talent pool of scholars and students.

  • Developing a collaborative network with external partners, and securing resources for the Center with a broad set of external funders;

  • Overseeing budget planning and spending, organizing center evaluation and assessment. The Director maintains regular and productive interactions with the main Sponsor.

Terms of employment at NYU Shanghai are comparable to NYU New York and other U.S. institutions with respect to research start-up funds and compensation, and they include housing subsidies and educational subsidies for children. Faculty may in certain cases have the opportunity to spend time at NYU New York and other sites of the NYU Global Network, engaging in both research and teaching. 


We seek qualified candidates who will bring their experience, energy and vision in building a center of excellence in interdisciplinary research, international collaboration and in training. 

Required qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics or a closely related discipline.

  • Academic and disciplinary distinction suitable for appointment as a tenured associate or full professor

  • A strong track record of funding and of fostering research productivity in related areas

  • Demonstrated International experience and excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective partnerships and successful collaborations with faculty and external partners

Preferred qualifications include:

  • National profile and relationships in the related fields, including academic, funding and industry partners

  • Prior experience leading a new center or equivalent initiatives

  • A deep understanding of and experience in research, preferably including inter-disciplinary research

  • Record of excellence in research and training

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching interests, and at least one writing sample via Interfolio. Additionally, applicants will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses of at least three referees (candidates at Associate Professor rank). Each referee will be contacted to upload a reference letter through Interfolio.

Applications may be received until June 30, 2024. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you have any questions, please email the NYU Shanghai NY Office of Faculty Recruitment

About NYU Shanghai:

NYU Shanghai is the third degree-granting campus within New York University’s global network. It is the first higher education joint venture in China authorized to grant degrees that are accredited in the U.S. as well as in China. All teaching is conducted in English. A research university with liberal arts and science at its core, NYU Shanghai resides in one of the world's great cities with a vibrant intellectual community. NYU Shanghai recruits scholars of the highest caliber who are committed to NYU's global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research and who embody the global society in which we live.

NYU’s global network includes degree-granting campuses in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, complemented by twelve additional academic centers across the world. Faculty and students may circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

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