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Visiting Professor/Scholar in Computer Science - Machine Learning - Keck Scholar in Residence

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Apr 9, 2024

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Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a visiting professor/visiting scholar position for the 2024-2025 academic year beginning August 1, 2024. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or will receive a Ph.D. by August 1, 2024) in computer science, data science, or other related computing discipline. We seek outstanding candidates with core expertise in machine learning to join a vibrant cross-disciplinary scientific community of faculty at Seaver College. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching and research to both Pepperdine and our surrounding community. The newly created data science program invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable position in data science and machine learning starting in August 2024. Applicants must display a strong publication record, as well as excellent teaching skills to prepare the next generation of data scientists.

For this position, candidates should have the background and ability to teach a broad range of introductory computer science and machine learning courses, and candidates will teach one to two classes each semester. Candidates should also have an active and promising scholarly program that includes undergraduates and engages in research, which may include interdisciplinary, collaborative research that bridges the boundaries to fields such as chemistry, biology, physics, and sports medicine. Pepperdine has a strong and well-supported program in undergraduate research, and preference will be given to candidates who can actively involve undergraduate students in their research.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian mission and values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. The Department and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion and we especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to advancing these ideals.

The salary for this appointment will range from $75,000 to $90,000 and reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this faculty appointment. Actual salary may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the applicant, as well as market conditions. In addition to salary, a generous housing allowance is provided to support visiting scholars in this position, and Pepperdine offers a robust suite of employee benefits.

Review of candidates' files will begin April 1, 2024, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Any inquiries about this position should be sent to the chair of the search committee:
Dr. Fabien Scalzo (
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Natural Science Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263


Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,550 students. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian mission of the University and the mission of Seaver College. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Pepperdine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Pepperdine is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Engaging in unlawful discrimination or harassment will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine pursues the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. While students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists. It is the intent of the University to create and promote a diverse work force consistent with its stated goals and mission. 

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