Our Program is Looking to Grow

The MA Program in Computational Social Science is looking to hire additional instructional professors. These are positions with an excellent salary, benefits, and research support.

Become part of an exciting community of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students, with interests in all areas of computational social science.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Managing Director, Chad Cyrenne (c-cyrenne@uchicago.edu), with any questions.

See our announcements below:


Instructional Professor in Computational Economics

The University of Chicago: Social Sciences Division: Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics


Location: Chicago, IL

Open Date: Oct 26, 2020

Description: The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago invites applications for an Instructional Professor (IP) in Computational Economics.

This is a full-time, career-track teaching position with a start date of 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 in the MA program in Computational Social Science (MACSS), depending on other responsibilities, in consultation with the Department of Economics. Those courses will cover some combination of structured/unstructured machine learning approaches, but may also include structural estimation; network or general equilibrium modeling; data visualization; computational statistics (including introductions to Bayesian and non-parametric methods, Markov processes, and Monte Carlo simulation); or research drawing on sensors, data scraping, or large data analysis. The courses may also include applied computational work in a particular area of economics.

In addition to teaching, the IP will advise MACSS-Econ students in their course selections; hire and manage teaching assistants; participate in program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; supervise occasional MA theses; and help plan the MACSS-Econ curriculum.

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

Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in Economics or a closely related discipline. The PhD must be in hand prior to the start date. Teaching experience is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated expertise in applying data science or computational approaches to questions in economics.

Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at apply.interfolio.com/79982. Applications must include 1) a cover letter, outlining the applicant’s prior computational training, prior teaching or mentoring experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an article-length writing sample or published/unpublished paper; 4) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring; and 5) the names of three academic references. 

Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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


Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science

The University of Chicago: Social Sciences Division: MACSS


Location: Chicago, IL

Open Date: Oct 20, 2020

Description: 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, macss.uchicago.edu) 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.

Qualifications: 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 apply.interfolio.com/79998. 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.


Senior Instructional Professor

The University of Chicago: Social Sciences Division: MACSS


Location: Chicago, IL

Open Date: Oct 20, 2020

Description: The Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applicants for a position on the Senior Instructional Professor track (Senior Assistant Instructional Professor, Senior Associate Instructional Professor, or Senior Instructional Professor, depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications), for appointment in the Master of Arts Computational Social Science (MACSS) and the College. This is a full-time, career-track teaching position beginning July 1, 2021. The initial five-year appointment is renewable with opportunity for promotion. The appointee will teach four courses per year that contribute to the MACSS curriculum, plus one non-credit workshop in computational social science. This is a leadership position and the appointee will also hold the title of Associate Director in MACSS. In addition to teaching, the appointee will, in consultation with the Faculty Director of MACSS: provide leadership in vision, planning, and promotion of MACSS within and beyond the University; develop, implement, and oversee curricular and co-curricular programs including developing new curricular offerings and co-curricular programs to advance student learning; directly supervise and evaluate other teaching personnel, including Instructional Professors, Teaching Fellows, and preceptors in MACSS; and develop, oversee, and mentor research opportunities for graduate students. During the term of appointment, the Senior Lecturer will also have the opportunity to teach one or two courses as part of the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods (Computing for the Social Sciences, Data Mining and Data Visualization, or equivalent courses).

Qualifications: Candidates must have the PhD in hand prior to the start date, a demonstrated record as a degreed professional designing and teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate students at a selective research university, demonstrated experience in research and practice related to Computational Social Science, and proven experience successfully managing a program and supervising academic personnel.

Application Instructions: Applicants are required to apply online through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at apply.interfolio.com/79999.  Applicants are required to upload the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae (3) syllabi for two proposed courses; (4) a writing sample/publication; and (5) the names and contact information for three references. References will only be contacted for shortlisted candidates. Review of applications will begin December 1 and will continue until the position is filled.


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