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Co-Director, Computer Systems Research Lab

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, located in Fairfax County, Virginia just outside of Washington DC is seeking a full time Co-Director of the Computer Systems Research Lab beginning in the Fall of 2015. We are seeking exceptional individuals with demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and support of student research projects. Our school is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty who can work in collaboration with other research lab directors to further student research and scholarship.

The main responsibility of the lab director is to mentor approximately 15 high school seniors through yearlong individual research projects in the field of Computer Science. Recent and current research projects include automatic music transcription, handwriting recognition, hallway path optimizer,

video compression with a tailored optical response, bioinformatics, facial detection and iris tracking, Monte Carlo tree search, sentiment analysis of text, transcompilers, sugarscape, scale free networks, and mapping surface currents. Successful applicants would be given the flexibility to establish additional computer science related research opportunities for students related to the directors’ knowledge and experience. The lab has a dedicated operating budget and the lab directors are encouraged to develop collaborations with local research labs to leverage resources.

The research facilities at the school are exceptional for a high school, and more closely resemble undergraduate institutions.  Dedicated lab facilities include SPARC Enterprise M4000 server, Quad Core workstations with CUDA GPUs, Gigabit Network, CISCO 4500 switch, and I7 16-Node Cluster with Infiniband Network.

Additional responsibilities include the teaching of a two-semester introduction to Artificial Intelligence course, and organization and maintenance of the Computer Systems Lab facilities. The AI course is intended to provide students with an introduction to search, heuristics, computer vision, agent-based modeling, and machine learning, exclusively via hands-on coding and active learning.  Students in AI have already completed a CS2 course.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a public, specialized high school that serves six participating school districts of Northern Virginia and focuses on developing future STEM researchers. TJHSST has historically attracted many of the most gifted STEM students in the region and the school has traditionally been ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation. All students must complete a yearlong senior research project as a graduation requirement. To support this mandate the school maintains 14 senior research labs ranging in focus from Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Chemical Analysis, and Astronomy to Robotics, Prototyping, Mobile and Web App Development and Micro Electronics. The school is managed by Fairfax County, however is considered a Governors school for the state of Virginia, hich provides additional funding to promote student research. More information about the school and its mission can be found on the school website www.tjhsst.edu.

Required Skills
• Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field
• Experience conducting and mentoring others through long term research projects
• State of Virginia Teaching License (provisional licensure can be granted)

Preferred Skills
• MS in Computer Science or related field
• A record of peer reviewed research

Application Procedures and Timeline
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, CV, and references to Dr. Evan Glazer, Principal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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