Open Faculty Positions

Data Science & Systems Faculty Search (2024)

The Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences (CDS) at Boston University (BU) invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor and two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions. Qualifications required of all applicants include a PhD in any of the disciplines that relate to computing and data sciences; a strong record of research; a demonstrated capacity for collaboration; and a commitment to innovation in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

CDS is a university-wide, degree-granting academic unit that augments and complements the traditional cognate disciplines in computing and data science by laying the foundation for innovation-driven, civic-minded computing to maximize the real-world impact of its research, curricular, and co-curricular programs. All candidates pursuing basic or use-inspired research related to computing and data sciences will be considered. Candidates from underrepresented groups and candidates working in one or more of the following broad areas of research are especially encouraged to apply.

  1. Research in computational systems and software infrastructures for data science, including but not limited to data engineering, systems for large-scale analytics, and cloud data systems.
  2. Research that is inspired by and explores connections between computation and the natural sciences, including but not limited to astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecology and evolution, neuroscience, physics, or earth and environment.
  3. Research that is inspired by and explores connections with social sciences, economics, and the humanities, including but not limited to algorithmic fairness, data markets, emerging media communications, human-computer interaction, or mechanism design.

Candidates whose research also involves machine learning and AI are encouraged to apply both to this solicitation and to Boston University’s cluster hiring initiative in AI.

Supporting its undergraduate and PhD programs, CDS has 16 core faculty members and 31 secondary and affiliated faculty members who are drawn from across the landscape of disciplines at BU. CDS is housed in the top five floors of an iconic zero-carbon 19-story building with a convention-bending design and state of the art classrooms, labs, and collaboration spaces. Additional information is available at: https://www.bu.edu/cds.

BU expects excellence in teaching and in research, and is committed to building a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse scholarly community, which is essential to its mission. BU is an AAU institution with a rich tradition of inclusion and social justice. We are proud of our record, including being the first American university to award a PhD to a woman and the university from which Martin Luther King Jr. received his PhD. We are dedicated to increasing participation of all talented students, especially women and other groups who are underrepresented in Computing and Data Sciences.

Qualified faculty candidates are invited to submit their applications through the web portal at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/25801. We encourage candidates to apply early. Application review will begin on November 15 and will continue until the positions have been filled.

BU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.