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Director of the Center for Big Data at NJIT

New Jersey Institute of Technology
New Jersey, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 22, 2017

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Faculty Positions, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Ying Wu College of Computing (YWCC) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) ( invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty member to serve as the Director of the Center for Big Data (CBD). Candidates must have a PhD in computer science or a related discipline with a demonstrated track record of scholarly accomplishments commensurate with the appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or above. Appropriate areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: pattern recognition, machine learning, natural language processing, social media, analytics, high-performance computing for integration, analysis, visualization, and stream processing of very large amounts of structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data in areas such as business data, scientific data, medical data, etc.


The Center for Big Data at NJIT ( is a new multi-disciplinary center designed to synergize the strong expertise in various disciplines across the NJIT campus and develop a rich set of big data enabling technologies and services. The CBD aims to investigate, develop, and apply cutting-edge technologies to address unprecedented challenges in big data with high Volume, high Velocity, high Variety, and high Veracity, in order to create high Value. The CBD groups faculty from Computer Science, Informatics, Math, Statistics and Management.


The successful candidate will hold a faculty appointment in the department of Computer Science and build the CBD into a vibrant research group. As the Director of the CBD he/she must attract funding and develop collaborative relationships with industry. He/she must demonstrate recognition for productivity and achievement in research and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. The ideal candidate should have a strong business sense, experience in new program/center development and an understanding of what it takes to enhance research funding in a competitive environment. Exceptional communication skills, financial acumen and the potential to fundraise are essential. As a faculty member of the Computer Science department, he/she is expected to (1) teach undergraduate and graduate classes within an adjusted workload, supervise graduate students; (2) develop and teach new graduate and/or undergraduate classes and (3) serve the Department, the College and the University.


Reporting to NJIT’s Senior Vice Provost for Research, the Director of the Center for Big Data will have his/her primary appointment in the Computer Science department within YWCC. NJIT’s Computer Science Department has 33 tenure-track faculty, 13 lecturers, and 1408 students (including 59 PhD and 550 MS students) across nine programs of study. The Computer Science Department participates alongside NJIT’s Informatics Department in generating the largest pool of computing talent in the tri-state (CT, NJ, NY) area. With $5M in annual research expenditures and several state-of-the-art research centers and laboratories, the department conducts research in a wide range of areas and plays a key role in the NJIT Center for Big Data and the NJIT Cybersecurity Research Center. The department has strong connections with local industry and works closely with many corporations through student Capstone projects, internships, co-ops and joint R&D projects.


The Computer Science Department resides within the Ying Wu College of Computing, which is undergoing significant growth as a priority area for NJIT under a new Dean. This growth is an integral part of NJIT’s five-year strategic plan, called Vision 2020, which calls for consolidating NJIT as a world-class institution of higher education and research. Applied research, collaboration with industry, innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported. Performance and tenure expectations are aligned with those of the broader computing community, with an emphasis on grant funding and publishing in top conferences and journals.


The Ying Wu College of Computing comprises 23% of the NJIT enrollment, educating more than 2,600 students in computing disciplines, and graduating more than 750 computing professionals every year.


NJIT is located in Newark’s University Heights, a vibrant sprawling downtown campus close to Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey Innovation Institute, Essex Community College, New Jersey Medical School, University Hospital, and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. NJIT is just a 30-minute train ride from New York City and its burgeoning Silicon Alley tech sector, enabling close interaction with that vibrant professional community.


APPLYING: Applications received by January 15, 2018 will receive full consideration. However, applications are welcome until the position is filled.


To apply, please visit:


Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references.


Supplemental materials and inquiries may be emailed to


To build a diverse workforce, NJIT encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women. EEO employer.




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