Leadership Chairs in Analytics, Systems and Design - School of Data Science

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-14
Req: R0020614

The University of Virginia’s (UVA) School of Data Science (SDS) has exciting opportunities for tenured associate or full professors as inaugural Quantitative Foundation Endowed Chairs of Data Analytics, Data Systems and Data Design, respectively. These are pivotal positions in the development of the new School, which was founded with support from the Quantitative Foundation, the largest gift in the university’s 200 year history. The anticipated start date is August 2021. Rank and compensation are contingent upon experience.

As we move to a data-centric society and a time when higher education needs to evolve, SDS seeks to distinguish itself through new models of organization, objectives and outcomes while remaining true to a commitment to the highest quality education, research and community engagement. To this end we have identified focus areas of Analytics, Systems, Design and Value (a separate search) applied to practical problems across a variety of verticals - our so-called 4+1 model. Rather than forming siloed departments around these Areas, we seek to maximize cross-talk both within the school and across schools. In short, we are a School without walls. We seek leading scholars to develop these Areas, through their own work and by building teams of interdisciplinary researchers and educators that fulfill a shared mission of societal benefit.

The incumbent in each area will have expertise for which the following is only representative:

Data Analytics - Linear models, data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, optimization, signal processing.

Data Systems - Infrastructures and architectures, high performance pipelines, cloud, cybersecurity, network performance.

Data Design - Human computer interaction, visualization, database design, curation.

Common to each of these appointments will be:

  • Proven leadership in the school’s guiding principles - integrity, quality over quantity, diversity, openness and transparency, and innovation followed by translation

  • National and international recognition in data science related research and application

  • Evidence of the ability to help build an organization at the forefront of academic excellence in data science

  • A shared vision for the future of data science and the ability to collaborate and communicate around that vision

  • Ability to develop academic programs and teach in our graduate and undergraduate data science programs

  • An ability to effectively manage direct reports and lead in a highly team-oriented and interdisciplinary environment

  • Highly effective verbal and written skills; ability to engage in collaborative communication, facilitate discussions and bring groups to consensus

  • A commitment to the development of student (undergraduate, graduate and life-long learners) focused services and/or programming

The successful candidates will join the Dean’s Cabinet and participate in a shared governance model where everyone in SDS has a voice in developing a vibrant and diverse organization. The Area lead positions carry a 5-year renewable endowed appointment. Depending on the background and interests of the individual, joint or courtesy appointments with other Schools, for example, Engineering, Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences will be encouraged.

In summary, these pioneering and possibly non-traditional hires represent a unique opportunity to shape a School committed to pushing the envelope in higher education in a field of unprecedented growth and opportunity where the meaning of data science, while recognized of great import, is yet to be fully defined.

Requirements:

Recognizing that the field of data science is in its formative stage, we are interested in applications from a variety of individuals from academia, government, the private sector and non-profits who are considered influential thought leaders. Prerequisites include:

  • A terminal degree in a data science related field

  • At least 10 years of post terminal degree experience

  • Recognition for regional, national, or international achievements in the relevant professional field(s)

  • Ability to integrate professional experience into academic instruction or scholarly research, national or international contributions to the integration of professional experience with academic instruction or scholarly research

About the School:

The School currently has approximately 250 MS in Data Science students (70 residential, 170 online and 10 dual MBA students), data science minor starting in the spring, a PhD program starting next fall and a four year undergraduate degree planned as human resources allow. An active research program has a focus on biomedicine, business, environment, cybersecurity and democracy. Ground will be broken in 2021 for a founding building in a new major development area of 14 acres which includes a hotel and conference center.

TO APPLY:

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0020614". Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs, "R0020614" 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:

  • CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Contact information for 3 references

  • Statement of teaching

  • Research statement

  • Diversity statement

***Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box.

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

For further information on the position please email the Stephenson Dean of the School of Data Science, Philip E. Bourne at peb6a@virginia.edu

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Recruiter at rmo2r@virginia.edu

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

The University of Virginia assists UVA faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about these services, please see http://provost.virginia.edu/dual-career.

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.

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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Posted: 12/12/2020
Application Due: 3/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time
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