Open Rank Professor of Data Science, Tenure / Tenure-Track

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-18
Req: R0020075

The University of Virginia (UVA) has recently established a School of Data Science (SDS), an effort made possible in part by the largest private gift in the institution’s 200-year history. The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science. It builds on a foundation set in place at UVA by the Data Science Institute (DSI), a pan-University institute established in 2013 that grants graduate degrees and has a dual mission in education and research. The new School of Data Science proposes to ultimately offer both doctoral and undergraduate degree programs and certificate programs, helping to meet soaring demand for qualified data science professionals in a field that plays a key role in the global information-based economy.

To accomplish the new School of Data Science vision, UVA seeks applicants for an Open Rank Tenured and Tenure Track faculty positions starting with the August 2021 academic year, who will excel in research, teaching and service in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data Analytics and machine learning: foundational machine learning, statistics, operations research, unstructured data, image analysis, social and digital media, game theory, mechanism design, learning theory; and
  • Data Intensive Applications and Systems: Infrastructure design, data management and supporting architectures, dynamic resource allocation and scheduling, design of hybrid cloud architectures, mobile cloud computing, and collaborative methods for cloud federations; and
  • Data Design: Human-machine interaction to understand and interpret data and analytical results, Data representation and curation, Visualization of data and data products, and Communication of key findings for human decision making and policy formation.

Duties include research, teaching (residential and online), mentoring and advising students, and service to the school and university. The new faculty may conduct research and teach courses throughout the curricula in data science. Appointment will be made in the School of Data Science with the potential for joint or courtesy appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine and others if applicable.

Candidates must have earned or be on track to earn a PhD in Engineering or Computer Science or a closely related field. By June 2021, candidates must be on track to graduate with degree conferral by the appointment start date. Candidates must have a record of excellence in research in applications of data science to problems in appropriate domain(s), as appropriate for the candidate’s rank. A demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence is required. Evidence of an explicit commitment and activities promoting diversity and advancing understanding and outcomes for underrepresented groups is essential. Appointment with tenure requires documented excellence in research and teaching and a proven national reputation. Rank is dependent on qualifications and years of experience.


PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0020075". Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, “R0020075” complete the application and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box or you can combine them into one PDF.

Complete an application online and attach:

  • Full academic CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement (including a summary of course evaluations where applicable)
  • Diversity statement (provide examples of experience and/or describe plans to make meaningful contributions)

***Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Review of applicants will begin Jan 23, 2021 and the positions will remain open until filled.

For questions about this position please contact John van Horn at

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Recruiter at

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 5/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time