• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • November 10, 2020

Website South Dakota State University

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 either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Computer Science with a tentative begin date of August 2021. This position is supervised by the Department Head of EECS at SDSU. 

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


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), databases or Big Data, information and network theories, or closely related area. The successful candidate is expected to establish and sustain an independent and vibrant research agenda that includes securing independent funding from diverse sources, mentoring/supervising graduate students in research, and disseminating research results in leading scientific journals and conference proceedings. Teaching duties 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 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.


–       Ph.D. in computer science, software engineering, or a closely related field by start date;
–       Effective oral and written communication skills;

–       Demonstrated research experience in computer science, software engineering, or a closely related field;

–       Effective interpersonal skills.


–       Demonstrated knowledge or experience to pursue and secure funding from diverse sources;

–       Demonstrated ability to produce scholarly publications in significant journals or flagship conferences;

–       Demonstrated ability or plans to establish and sustain independent and interdisciplinary collaborative research, with preference given to the following areas: SE, databases or Big Data, and information and network theories;

–       Demonstrated aptitude as an effective teacher in CS courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels;

–       Demonstrated activities of professional growth such as active participation in technical society or conference organization;

–       Demonstrated ability in communicating strategies for tech-transfer of research.


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.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU 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, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering has a rich history of success in fulfilling its land-grant mission in teaching, research and outreach. Six academic departments, including the EECS department, offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight disciplines. Faculty conduct world-class, regionally-relevant research and impact the world through scholarship, tech-transfer, and integrated education. 

The EECS department, which offers ABET accredited degrees in computer science and electrical engineering, is in a period of growth, which includes a plan to implement a new Ph.D. in Computer Science program.  The Department offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in EE; and BS and MS degrees in CS; has about 400 undergraduate and 100 graduate students; with external annual funding over $2M.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the 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.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings 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.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by November 10, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line 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 SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on 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 the policy of the University 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 Professor Sung Y. Shin, Search Chair at (605)-688-6235 or Sung.Shin@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.