Endowed Professorship in Urban Tech
Cornell University
United States

Endowed Professorship, Urban Tech

In support of a major initiative at Cornell Tech in New York City, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute seeks to fill a tenured faculty position at the full professor level in the emerging area of urban technology. The position-holder will be nominated for an endowed chair.

Cornell Tech is a unique engineering and applied science campus that develops leaders and technologies for the digital age, through research, technology commercialization, and graduate-level education at the professional master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. The Jacobs Institute is a major component of Cornell Tech whose mission is to push the envelope of academia and to transform industries where technology’s impact is most positively felt. Jacobs faculty members combine world-class research and teaching with transdisciplinary thinking.

Our innovative new thrust in urban tech is embodied in a growing, multifaceted Urban Tech Hub, which includes a master’s degree program, research initiatives, external partnerships, events, startups, and thought leadership on critical issues facing the cities of today and tomorrow. The Hub will emphasize applications through which technology can make cities stronger, healthier, fairer, and more resilient. These are likely to include, among others, urban mobility, intelligence in urban infrastructure and the built environment, energy and other resource distribution, public health in cities, sustainability, and technology-supported governance and community participation. Cornell Tech’s core technical disciplines of computer science, information science, electrical and computer engineering, and operations research and information engineering will provide the foundation for world-class research and impact in these application domains.

For this position, we seek candidates with demonstrated cross-disciplinary success in translating research results into real-world impact in both a core technical area and one or more domains related to urban systems. Our ideal candidate will come from computer science, information science, electrical and computer engineering, or operations research and information engineering, with a proven track record of bridging to more specifically urban systems-related disciplines such as urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, and urban policy; or from an urban-related field, bringing a strong digital foundation (i.e., in computer science, operations research, etc.) with a record of reflecting that foundation in one of the application areas of concern.

Our new faculty member will work closely with the leader of the non-academic part of our Urban Tech Hub to develop a world-leading presence in an area of vital importance to cities around the world, and will serve as academic leadership for hub-related activities, our innovative Master of Science program, and significant research initiatives. The new faculty member’s departmental affiliation will depend on their disciplinary background.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D., have demonstrated an ability to conduct outstanding research at the level of a tenured full professor at Cornell University, and also have a strong commitment to engagement outside of academia in ways that foster significant commercial or societal impact, as aligned with the mission of the Cornell Tech campus. Successful candidates are expected to pursue an active research program, to teach master’s and Ph.D.-level graduate courses, and to supervise graduate students.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and brief statements of research and teaching interests and contributions to diversity, identify two top publications to which they have made significant contributions, and request that at least four references on their behalf be submitted through https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17406.

A distinguishing characteristic of research at Cornell Tech, in addition to world-class academic work, is that it engages deeply with external communities, organizations, K-12 education, and industry to address real-world problems and contexts that amplify the direct commercial and societal impact of our research. Accordingly, within a clearly identified “external engagement” section of the research statement, the candidate should address prior accomplishments and future plans related to this kind of direct commercial and/or societal impact of their research.

Cornell Tech particularly values diversity and inclusion. Applicants are asked to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to describe their potential contributions in this area. See http://facultydevelopment.cornell.edu/information-for-faculty-candidates/ for the university’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, including suggestions for what we are looking for in such statements.

Please submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement, including a section addressing industry engagement or commercial and/or societal impact of research
  • Teaching statement
  • Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • PDF of 1st of 2 most significant papers
  • PDF of 2nd of 2 most significant papers
  • Four or more reference letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site)

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 1, 2021, but will be considered until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to hr@tech.cornell.edu. 

About the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and Cornell Tech 

Founded as a unique joint venture between Cornell University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a critical part of Cornell Tech, the revolutionary model for graduate education established as a result of the City of New York’s 2010 challenge to create a new applied science and engineering campus. Cornell Tech focuses on creating pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age, through research, technology commercialization, and graduate-level education at the professional master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. 

As a cornerstone of Cornell Tech, the Jacobs Institute shares the same broad mission. Faculty and graduate students collaborate on research and share resources seamlessly across all Cornell Tech programs. Nonetheless, the Institute has its own unique mission as well – to foster radical experimentation at the intersection of research, education, and entrepreneurship, and to transform key industries through technological innovation, deep-tech startups, and uniquely skilled talent. We encourage translational research that ultimately serves the worldwide common good, through a set of industry-focused “hubs” that address contemporary social and economic need around which key programs and initiatives are centered. Jacobs also supports innovative entrepreneurial efforts in deep technology through its Runway Startup Postdoc Program.

At the Jacobs Institute and Cornell Tech, we offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu.

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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