Open-rank Faculty Position in Data Science

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Data Science Initiative (DSI)  at Brown University seeks applications for an open rank faculty position, in partnership with Brown University’s Department of Computer Science. Successful candidates will have a joint appointment and space for themselves and trainees in DSI, with the Department of Computer Science as their tenure home.  

Engaging partners across campus and beyond, DSI facilitates and conducts both domain-driven and fundamental research in data science, educates the next generation of data scientists, and is particularly interested in the impact of the data revolution on culture, society, and social justice. DSI and CS strive to build a diverse and inclusive environment for all members of our community, and are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship, teaching and service can further our efforts. Brown also aims to foster a diverse and inclusive environment; its detailed vision and action plan for realizing this commitment is articulated in Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion (

While we welcome applicants working on a range of fundamental problems areas in data science and computer science, we are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses real-world societal challenges in domains such as social equity and justice, and health. The Department of Computer Science is conducting an additional faculty search for an Assistant Professor; candidates who wish to be considered in both searches should apply to each search separately; detailed information on the CS search is available at

DSI was founded in 2016 and serves as a campus hub at Brown University for research and education in data science; recent faculty hires have happened in partnership with the Department of Biostatistics (School of Public Health) and the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. On 164 Angell Street in the heart of Brown University’s main campus, DSI is co-located with and partners with Brown University’s Center for Computational Molecular Biology, whose core faculty are drawn from the Departments of Computer Science, Biostatistics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, as well as the Division of Applied Mathematics. 164 Angell Street also houses Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Sciences

Junior applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the start of the position. The initial appointment as assistant professor at Brown University is for four years and is renewable. We are also eager to try to accommodate the needs of, and welcome applications from, dual career couples.

To apply for these positions, please submit curriculum vitae, concise research and teaching statements, diversity statement (discussed further below), and for junior applicants, three letters of recommendation, with at least one letter addressing the applicant’s teaching abilities and experience. Applicants for senior positions should submit five names of references whom the committee may contact.

In the diversity statement, we ask that applicants summarize their past or planned contributions to diversity and inclusion. These contributions may arise from teaching/mentoring, outreach activities, lived experience, or other activities. (For additional information about the university's and Computer Science department's commitment to diversity and inclusion, see and

To receive full consideration, please submit all application materials by December 1, 2020

Inquiries should be addressed to

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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