Department: The School of Arts and Sciences Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic Deadline: 10 December 2017
UCA Background The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future. For more information:www.ucentralasia.org
Main Duties and Responsibilities The University of Central Asia is seeking a senior Faculty Member in Computer Science to teach at UCA’s campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. In your role as Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to shaping the Computer Science major and minor curricula in collaboration with our International University Partner. Once the curriculum is shaped, you will also assist with the hiring of computer science faculty to join your team. The major and minor programmes will combine rigorous computational-heavy courses such as Compiler Design and Discrete Mathematics with options to study how to design human-centred systems and explore the expansion of artificial intelligence.
Academic programmes combine the student-centered environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English, with a requirement that all undergraduate students be fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching in small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material. You will help students appreciate and develop an interdisciplinary approach to the fields of computer science, information technology, and entrepreneurship.
Lastly, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to continue their research and develop new research for UCA in Central Asia, actively creating pathways to engage students in the research programme. Applicants should thus demonstrate research excellence and a commitment to establishing foundational knowledge for students new to the field.
Required Qualifications and Experience
PhD or equivalent from an internationally recognised university in Computer Science or closely related discipline or equivalent industry experience
Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Russian is an asset
A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level
Demonstrated understanding of teaching, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature
Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies
Experience in developing and delivering training modules to teachers, tutors and mentors
Experience in some form of leadership involving students, faculty and staff, i.e. managing faculty (department lead or chair), student research projects and/or theses
Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset
Ability to work independently, as well as within a teaching team; flexibility and the ability to work in a constantly-evolving academic endeavour is essential
A proven ability to publish research in peer reviewed journals related to your areas of expertise
Regular attendance and experience with presenting at international conferences
Experience in conducting research in Central Asia would be a valuable asset
Aware of current and future industry trends; strong network of industry contacts to support internship programs, project collaborations and industrial mentoring.
Salary and Package Salary and package to attract the best candidate.
The job description is subject to change.
How to Apply To apply please send us (1) a cover letter (2) an up-to-date resume; (2) a teaching and research statement (3) contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 December 2017. Please use: “Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us. The position will carry the rank of assistant or associate professor. Rank will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and record.
The University of Central Asia is seeking a senior Faculty Member in Computer Science to teach at UCA’s campus in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. In your role as Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to shaping the Computer Science major and minor curricula in collaboration with our International University Partner. Once the curriculum is shaped, you will also assist with the hiring of computer science faculty to join your team. The major and minor programmes will combine rigorous computational-heavy courses such as Compiler Design and Discrete Mathematics with options to study how to design human-centred systems and explore the expansion of artificial intelligence.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and package to attract the best candidate.
The University of Central Asia (UCA) includes the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme, and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. UCA brings with it the commitme...nt and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.
UCA’s undergraduate programmes are located at its residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is expected to start classes in 2021. UCA will have 3,600 undergraduate students when fully operational.
For more information on UCA, please visit www.ucentralasia.org