Senior Lecturers in Computational Social Science

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POST DATE 9/19/2017
END DATE 6/5/2018

University of Chicago Chicago, IL

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The University of Chicago invites applications for Senior Lecturers in Computational Social Science. The salary is competitive and includes benefits.

These are full-time teaching positions with a renewable three-year term beginning September 2018. The successful applicant will teach five graduate courses per year; advise MA students; evaluate MA theses; hire and manage teaching assistants; participate in program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; help train doctoral student preceptors; and contribute to the intellectual life and administrative needs of the MA Program in Computational Social Science ( Demonstrated record of outstanding effectiveness as a teacher is required.

The ideal candidate would be able to teach in three or more of the following areas: scientific programming with Python; coding best practices; SQL and file-based databases; Spark or Hadoop frameworks; machine learning using structured, semi-structured or unstructured data; Bayesian statistical inference and graphical models; statistical programming with R; optimization; or computational statistics. Other courses may be drawn from the candidate's area of disciplinary expertise.

Other programmatic responsibilities include leading the curricular development of our core sequence, Perspectives in Computational Analysis; working with our Executive and Affiliated faculty to refine our program requirements; providing ongoing mentorship to Lecturers in our program; forging partnerships with other computational centers on campus and in industry, to better serve our students and our program needs; proposing quarterly and annual improvements to program practices, in consultation with our Faculty Director and our Managing Director; and conducting an annual review of student satisfaction, completion, and academic and professional placement, in collaboration with our administrative team.

Senior Lecturers must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2018.

Applicants must apply on the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website at The following materials should be submitted: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a chapter-length writing sample, 4) a sample course syllabus, 5) course evaluations or evidence of past teaching performance, and 6) three letters of reference.

We will begin reviewing applications November 1 and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications received by January 1 will receive full consideration from our committee. Later applicants are encouraged to contact Chad Cyrenne ( for updates on the status of the search.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request.