Computational Systems and Technology

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The USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is home to world-class computational systems and technology researchers whose expertise spans a wide range of disciplines.  We share a collaborative, academic environment in Arlington, Virginia, and Marina del Rey, California. 

ISI is a unit of the highly regarded USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and is a sister entity to USC Viterbi’s electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science and other departments.   We work extensively with USC faculty and with researchers and practitioners at other universities, national research labs, and industry.  Unlike most university groups, however, ISI’s Computational Systems and Technology division (CS&T) is able to focus on sponsor needs and build prototypes that require experienced teams of researchers, engineers, and programmers.

ISI Advantages

At ISI, researchers are able to spend the vast majority of their time doing the research they love – while exploring areas that have meaningful impact for our sponsors. Projects also are staffed by research programmers, undergraduates and graduate students who support our work, enabling researchers to concentrate on the challenge at hand.    

Many ISI researchers also hold research faculty appointments in USC’s academic departments, where they teach courses and advise PhD students.  On its main campus about 10 miles from our Marina location, USC operates one of the world's largest academic high-performance computing clusters.

We are looking for top researchers in Arlington and the Marina. Some of our positions require United States citizenship or a clearance, but many others are open to anyone with the qualifications, creativity, and drive to join ISI.  We also hire at higher levels, such as Principal Investigator/Project Leader or Research Director.

Computer Scientist/Engineer and Postdoctoral Positions

CS&T welcomes applications for Computer Scientist/Engineer and Postdoctoral positions in any of the following areas:

Reconfigurable computing
Trusted electronics and computing
Heterogeneous cloud computing
High performance computing
Quantum computing and annealing
Scientific workflows and distributed computing
Decision systems
Computer architecture, VLSI design
Disruptive electronics
Intersection of analytics and computing technologies

Postdoctoral positions typically are for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  Computer Scientist positions are permanent, subject to available funding. Computer Scientists/Engineers can be principal investigators or researchers on federal grants. They can also apply for research faculty appointments in USC’s academic departments and, if appointed, teach courses and advise graduate students.

Application Procedure

To apply for Computer Scientist/Engineer and Postdoc positions, submit the following materials to

  • Contact information
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement, including the type of job you‘re seeking
  • Names, titles, and email addresses of three or more individuals who will be asked to provide letters of reference

For additional information please contact

We evaluate applications as they come in.  Start dates are flexible.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.