The John R. Koza Endowed Chair in Genetic Programming


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Michigan State University College of Engineering and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center, are soliciting applications of full professors for the John R. Koza Endowed Chair in Genetic Programming. The selected candidate will be appointed to a tenured position in one or more academic departments in the College of Engineering, as appropriate to the candidate’s background and interests. The selected candidate will become a member of the BEACON Center.

The Chair was recently established through a generous endowment gift by Dr. John R. Koza, a pioneer in the field of genetic programming, who desires to support continuing advancement in this field while making a strong impact on society. The selected candidate will be a pre-eminent scholar with an international reputation for research relating to genetic programming—one of the fields within the broad category of evolutionary computation. The candidate will be a dynamic and innovative leader with at least ten years of relevant academic or industrial experience, and will possess an earned doctorate in computer science, an engineering discipline, or a related field. The candidate will have strong ties to professional societies and have fulfilled leadership roles in professional journals and/or organization of national/international conferences in the field. The candidate will have significant experience teaching genetic programming or other topics in evolutionary computation. Experience in practical application of genetic programming to addressing of real-world problems in industry will be strongly valued. The selected candidate will be expected to assume a multi-faceted professorial role including research, instruction, development of new graduate coursework pertinent to his/her research area, and substantial collaboration with other faculty members in BEACON and/or in the College of Engineering.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, their resume, curriculum vitae, and a list of five references. Electronic submission is required, and materials should be submitted through and refer to posting #0405 (PDF files are preferred). Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair through email at To receive full consideration, application materials should be submitted by January 1, 2014.

Michigan State University is pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University and information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU and the College of Engineering can be found at MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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