Endowed Bren Chairs

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences was endowed with a transformational gift that included ten “Bren Chairs” to be filled with scholars who are internationally-recognized as leaders in emerging issues of any area of information and computer sciences, including cross-disciplinary research integrating information and computer sciences with other disciplines. The Bren Professors are some of the most distinguished appointments at UC Irvine.

Candidates should bring an integrative outlook to the discipline, enthusiasm in engaging with professional and business communities and the general public, collaborating with UCI scholars who study issues of information and computing technology, and support for the development of innovative technologies and applications. We envision Bren chair-holders to serve as catalysts on campus to establish educational and research programs that foster an interdisciplinary perspective. Accordingly, candidates should not only have a strong disciplinary background with a distinguished record of scholarly publications and extramural funding, but also a proven track record of innovation, collaboration, stimulation and leadership in both education and research.

Appointments will be in the Department of Computer Science, Informatics, or Statistics at the rank of senior, distinguished professor. Scholars doing truly cross-disciplinary research may be jointly appointed with another school at UC Irvine. Four chairs are currently filled.

The Bren School of ICS has excellent faculty, innovative programs, high quality students and outstanding graduates as well as strong relationships with local and national high tech industry.

As one of eleven academic units at UC Irvine. an independent school with three departments – Computer Science, Informatics, and Statistics – the Bren School has a unique perspective that provides a broad foundation from which to build initiatives that explore the full extent of the computing and information disciplines.

With 68 regular-rank faculty members, seven full-time lecturers, approximately 250 doctoral, 150 masters, and 1000 undergraduate students, ICS is one of the largest computing programs in the country. Many faculty in the school engage in interdisciplinary research through various organizations such as the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), the Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB), Institute for Software Research (ISR), to name but a few.

Outstanding candidates in all relevant areas and at other ranks are encouraged to contact the Dean (icsdean@ics.uci.edu)

UC Irvine (http://www.uci.edu)  is one of the youngest UC campuses, yet consistently ranks among the nation’s best public universities. UCI is located three miles from the ocean in southern California with an excellent year-round Mediterranean climate. The area surrounding campus offers numerous outdoor and fine arts opportunities and the public school system in Irvine is ranked one of the highest in the nation.


UCI is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women and minorities. UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE award for gender equity.