Faculty Positions in Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University Park, State College, PA, USA
  • Oct 22, 2021
Full time Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems Mathematics & Statistics Sciences and Technology: other

Job Description

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Faculty Positions in Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University, as part of a major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in Data Science (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), invites applications for multiple, open-rank, tenure-line faculty positions in Data Sciences (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) beginning in Fall 2022. The new hires will build on the College's existing strengths in artificial intelligence, data sciences, security and privacy, and relevant interdisciplinary research areas, as well as expand in new areas of strength.

We seek outstanding candidates with a strong track record of research and publications in all areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. This may include any of the following areas: human-centered DS/AI, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, causal inference, explainable AI, robotics, multi-agent systems, planning and decision making, reasoning under uncertainty, game theory, knowledge representation, affective computing, human-AI collaboration, data mining, data visualization, data integration, big data analytics, predictive analytics, database management and data architecture.

We are especially interested in candidates whose research contribute to DS/AI for social good, DS/AI for accelerating science and engineering, socially responsible DS/AI, and/or DS/AI that addresses societal or scientific challenges. We construe these areas broadly to include applications in fields like privacy, security, fairness, physical and mental health, social care, sustainability, energy, environment, engineering and science. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses including residential, online, or hybrid courses.

Successful candidates for the Assistant Professor position will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Informatics, Computer Science, Statistics) prior to beginning employment at Pennsylvania State University and should demonstrate strong research potential and commitment to interdisciplinary research and education. Candidates for the Associate Professor position will have a Ph.D. and a strong track record of research, publications, and funding. Candidates for the Full Professor position will have a Ph.D. and a track record of research, publications, and funding that distinguishes them, nationally or internationally, as leaders in Data Sciences and/or Artificial Intelligence. All candidates must pass a background check before beginning employment.

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The college is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college as well as aligning with the mission of the College of IST in a separate statement.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Successful candidates for the Assistant Professor position will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Informatics, Computer Science, Statistics) prior to beginning employment at Pennsylvania State University and should demonstrate strong research potential and commitment to interdisciplinary research and education.

Application Details

Review of applications begins on December 1, 2021, and will continue until positions are filled. Applicants must include with their application the following materials:

  • Cover letter detailing qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3-5 page research statement outlining future research plans
  • One-page teaching statement
  • Statement regarding engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as they relate to broadening participation in the disciplines represented in the college and align with the mission of the College.
  • Applicants for the Assistant Professor position should arrange for at least three references to be sent via email to humanresources@ist.psu.edu.
  • Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position should provide contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for at least four references. Applicants for the Associate or Full Professor position will be notified before letters are solicited from their references.



Inquiries about the position may be directed to facultyrecruiting@ist.psu.edu.

As part of the major multi-year faculty hiring initiative in AI and DS, the College of IST has an additional search for open-rank, tenure-line faculty hires in AI for accelerating science or scientific discovery, which is a co-hire position together with the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) at the Pennsylvania State University. Candidates are welcome to apply to that IST/ICDS co-hire position as well as this IST position in DS/AI and express interest in both positions in the cover letter.

The College of IST at Pennsylvania State University has a growing cadre of faculty with research expertise in informatics and data sciences (including artificial intelligence, machine learning, information integration, image analytics, text analytics, data privacy, and data ethics). IST offers a highly collaborative interdisciplinary research environment, strong research programs in data sciences, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, information security and privacy, and socio-technical systems, a strong Ph.D. program in informatics, and several highly successful undergraduate programs (including one in Data Sciences). See: http://ist.psu.edu/. Additional collaborative opportunities are offered by the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Institute for Energy and Environment, the Social Science Research Institute, the Materials Research Institute, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to collaborate with numerous researchers on various interdisciplinary topics through recently established AI centers such as Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications, Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems.

The Pennsylvania State University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State's 24 campuses, with approximately 46,000 undergraduates and more than 150 graduate programs. Penn State offers access to an outstanding collaborative environment, world-class research infrastructure, as well as highly competitive salaries and startup packages. The surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well known for its safe metropolitan area, exceptional quality of life including a low cost of living, a growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities, and excellent resources for families, including two on-campus child care centers and well regarded local school systems.


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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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