Professor in Computational Social Science

University of Chicago


The Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applicants for a position as Instructional Professor (IP) in the MA program in Computational Social Science (MACSS, capable of teaching introductory courses in computer science with applications in social scientific research.

This is a full-time, career-track teaching position. The start date is flexible, and will fall between July 1 and September 1, 2021. The initial two-year appointment is renewable with opportunity for promotion. Appointments at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Instructional Professor rank will be considered.

The IP will annually teach five courses, including some combination of machine learning, modeling, simulation, data visualization, high performance computing, cloud computing, application development, or introductions to important programming languages (including R or Python). Other courses may cover applied research across some field or research problem in the social sciences.

In addition, the IP will advise MA students; advise a limited number of MA theses as the primary supervisor; hire and manage teaching assistants; help lead the MACSS Computation Workshop; contribute to program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; help train our doctoral student preceptors; and contribute to the intellectual life and administrative needs of the program.

The position includes support for professional development. The IP will join a dynamic community of social science researchers.


Applicants must have a PhD in computer science, data science, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, or a related discipline. Industry experience is valued, but not required. The IP must have the PhD must be in hand prior to the start date. Teaching experience is required.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago's Interfolio website at  The following materials must be submitted: 1) a cover letter, outlining the applicant’s prior computational training, prior teaching or mentoring experience, and suggested course offerings in our MA program; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an article-length writing sample applying a computational research design; 4) at least one course syllabus from prior teaching or with an eye to future offerings; 5) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring; and 6) three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on December 1 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

The University of Chicago is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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