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Research Director of the Computational Systems and Technology Division

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 21, 2023

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University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
Arlington, Virginia

The Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California (USC/ISI) seeks a collaborative, resourceful, and motivated leader to serve as a Research Director in the Computational Systems and Technology Division. The Research Director will lead transformational research, navigating the nuances and technical tasks of projects while effectively motivating and managing research staff.

The Information Sciences Institute, a unit of the Viterbi School of Engineering, is a global leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, computer networks, cybersecurity, medical informatics, and other computing and communications technologies. ISI's 400 faculty, professional staff, and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations—Marina del Rey, California; Arlington, Virginia, where this position will be located; and Waltham, Massachusetts.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering, consistently ranked among the top ten engineering schools in the nation, is achieving new heights through research and educational leadership in crucial realms of technology and innovation: information sciences, biomedical engineering, and homeland security, among others. ISI is the largest research institute in Viterbi and brings in approximately half of the School's external research funding.

The Computational Systems and Technology division at ISI conducts research in computer architecture, EDA tools, heterogeneous computing, and application specific intelligent computing. As an applied research lab, the Division's work spans the creation and maturation of ideas from academic conception to applied research prototypes, including ASIC fabrication and deployment in test environments.

The incoming Research Director will possess a PhD or MS and equivalent experience in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science with previous publications, patents, or innovations related to computer architecture, EDA/CAD tool development, hardware/software co-design, acceleration of Machine Learning, hardware security, or reconfigurable computing. They will be an excellent written and oral communicator, with the skillset to both lead proposals and projects independently while also contributing to existing projects as a technical and task leader. As the Division continues to grow and diversify, they will be expected to develop and execute new research ideas, demonstrating the ability to scale prototype systems to real-world problems. The Research Director will also partner with Division leadership to help grow the strong existing research funding, including identifying new sources of funding.

The anticipated salary range for this position is $275k-300k annually, commensurate with the successful candidate's experience. USC provides a competitive compensation package that recognizes experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust benefits program to meet candidate needs.

The University of Southern California has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Courtney Wilk-Mandel, Brian Burbank, and Cara Meyers
Isaacson, Miller
1925 Century Park East, Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting


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