Job Opening Description

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Multiple Faculty Lines, International Relations and Emerging Technologies

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is launching a major new initiative devoted to the wise development, use and governance of new and emerging technologies that are changing the national and international security landscape. As part of this forward-looking enterprise, the university seeks top tenure-line scholars in political science, international relations, and other related disciplines with established interest in emerging technologies relevant to international affairs.

We seek scholars at both the entry and senior levels. This is an outstanding opportunity to become part of a new, interdisciplinary initiative that will combine Carnegie Mellon’s existing strengths in AI, cybersecurity, block chain, robotics, and other technologies, with scholarship focused on national security, international relations, ethics, law, and policy. We seek intellectually agile, innovative scholars willing to work cooperatively across disciplinary boundaries to tackle the challenges of emergent technologies for war and peace.

Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) bold new initiative in international relations and emerging technology is uniquely poised to take advantage of the university’s distinctive strengths in computer science and engineering and its unique tradition of collaborative, cross-university, cross-disciplinary research. CMU is ranked in the top five in the U.S. in Computer Science and in Engineering. It is ranked #1 in the subfields of artificial intelligence, computer engineering, cybersecurity, information systems, and software engineering. It has leading research institutes in areas such as robotics, machine learning, natural language technologies, human-computer interaction, engineering and public policy, and public policy and management–all designed to reach across disciplinary boundaries to solve key problems and address the highest-priority challenges facing humanity.

Carnegie Mellon University
Formally established in 1967, CMU is a dynamic R1 institution that has an exceptional impact on the world. Despite its relative youth, Carnegie Mellon consistently ranks in the top 25 US national universities. CMU is a global, research-intensive university with more than 14,000 students, more than 110,000 living alumni, approximately 5,000 faculty and staff, and over 100 research centers. It is a place of creativity, entrepreneurship, pragmatism, and ambition, with a tradition of strategically focusing its efforts and resources in areas where it can lead, then pursuing those areas with startling intensity. The research and teaching initiative on Security and Technology is just such a strategic undertaking.

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Dietrich College the home college of this new interdisciplinary initiative. In addition to housing academic programs in government and international affairs, the college houses world-class interdisciplinary programs in areas such as rhetoric; second language acquisition; statistics and data science; cognitive and social psychology; neuroscience; philosophy of science, logic and computation; and behavioral economics.


Applications should be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system at . They should include the following:

For Junior Scholars:
• A cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the position, and detailing the applicant’s research, teaching, and service record to date.
• A curriculum vitae.
• Up to three writing samples.
• A projection of the candidate’s future research agenda.
• A short teaching portfolio, including statement of teaching philosophy, courses the candidate might propose to teach, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations)
• The names and addresses of three references, who will be requested to submit letters through the Interfolio system.

For Senior Scholars:
• A cover letter explaining the candidate’s reasons for being interested in the position.
• A detailed curriculum vitae.
• Other materials and names of references may be requested thereafter.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled.