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Job Posting: Head

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives


JOB TITLE: Department Head and Professor 


The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications for Department Head and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), ideally beginning July 1, 2023.


The EECS Department is one among 11 departments in UW’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS). The department has 21 faculty members and 4 lecturers, a total undergraduate enrollment of over 360 undergraduate students, and  graduate enrollment of 54 students. The UW-EECS department hosts three ABET accredited undergraduate degree programs (computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering), as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Existing research interests in the department spans a spectrum of topics include:

  • Control Theory for robotics, aerospace and power systems
  • Digital Image/Signal Processing
  • Signal processing and data analytics for power and intelligent transport systems
  • Energy storage systems and microgrids
  • Human-centered Computing and Human Computer Interaction for 3-D environments
  • Computer vision and AR devices for Medicine
  • Cybersecurity
  • Robotics, intelligent and autonomous systems, multi-agent systems,
  • ML & AI: deep reinforcement learning, automated machine learning, applications to other disciplines, secure and privacy preserving ML
  • Electronics and instrumentation: RF and microwave electronics, nanostructures and quantum dots
  • Theoretical computer Science: computational complexity and automated theorem proving, natural language processing.
  • Accelerated computing: GPU, quantum computing and algorithms

UW has invested heavily in engineering and computing and related areas, as evidenced by the University’s Tier-1 Engineering Initiative, the NCAR-Wyoming Computing Center, its local Advanced Research Computing Center, the  Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, the recently created School of Computing which will support the hiring of two dozen computing faculty, and additional targeted hiring of faculty positions.

The department is committed to providing a high-quality, practical and experiential educational experience to its students, undertaking research relevant to the nation and region while serving Wyoming’s existing and emerging businesses, industries, and agencies. Many EECS faculty are successful in securing funding (from DoE, NSF, NOAA, DoD, private corporations) for their research.  


UW seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as the Head of the EECS Department. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with the Dean, and the leadership of the newly created School of Computing, to lead the EECS Department in identifying future areas of growth and investment while providing organizational and administrative expertise to the department.

This position is supervised by the Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and is a benefit-eligible, tenure-track appointment. The department head is expected to serve for a minimal initial term of five years with the opportunity for reappointment. The head is expected to provide leadership in all matters of department policy, including appointments, promotions, instruction, research and administration.


To be considered for the position candidates must have

  • a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field;
  • a distinguished record of teaching, research, scholarship, and service warranting

an appointment at the rank of Professor in the UW EECS department;

  • a compelling vision for the future in Wyoming of the fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
  • leadership skills to lead and advance a research-oriented department, and mentor faculty and staff to be successful; and
  • excellent organizational and communication skills


The ideal candidate will have

  • developed a thriving independent research program;
  • led multi-investigator awards;
  • participated in the creation, development and delivery of novel curricula; and
  • established a record of successful undergraduate and graduate academic and professional leadership.


Commensurate with qualifications.



Complete the online application and upload the following separate documents for a complete application: (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a vision statement, and (4) contact information for three work-related references (to be contacted only for finalists). The candidate’s cover letter should concisely address how professional qualifications align with those outlined for the position. 


Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Jason Williford at Application process questions should be addressed to Arturo Ramirez at


About the department, college and UW

The college has over 140 faculty members and offers eight ABET-accredited degree programs. The EECS department has over 20 faculty members and offers degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. There are extensive research collaboration opportunities within the department, Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation, Wyoming’s Supercomputer, Wind Energy Center, School of Energy Resources, across campus, and with the new School of Computing.


UW is a thriving, land-grant research university with over 100 million dollars annually in research funding. It is the only state funded university in Wyoming and thus receives excellent support from the state. UW is located in Laramie, Wyoming, 130 miles northwest of Denver. Laramie has a reasonable cost of living and easy access to outdoor activities in the Rocky Mountain region. UW draws over 11,000 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. Additional information is available at, and



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