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    Opportunity: Research Assistant Professor in Data Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences @ University of Connecticut -- Stamford, CT (US)
    Submitted by Mackenzie Murphy; posted on Thursday, December 09, 2021

    BACKGROUND

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) seeks applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Research Professor position with expertise in Data Science. The position has a preferred start date of August 23, 2022 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford and its surrounding region has among the highest density of data science/analytics jobs and companies in the United States.

    The University of Connecticut, with additional funding from the state, has embarked on a unique and innovative multi-year data science initiative in Stamford (see https://stamforddatascience.com). The initiative itself is comprised of three primary components: 1) the establishment of a data science technology incubator built as an extension of UConn's technology incubation program (TIP), the largest and most successful tech incubator in Connecticut, 2) the creation of the Stamford Startup Studio, a yearlong entrepreneurial co-op experience for extremely motivated and talented undergraduates, and 3) a cluster hire of five cutting-edge data science faculty researchers spanning four colleges/schools at UConn. The components of the initiative will integrate tightly with students and startups alongside top data science researchers, thus building a foundation to support both the mission of the institution and the continued economic development of the state. The position emphasizes research and application – no teaching is required – and is situated in a newly updated Class A office building across the street from the UConn Stamford campus (co-located with UConn's data science incubator).

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Ph.D. in Data Sciences or core academic discipline with data science emphasis
    • The ability to secure independent funding
    • Evidence for high quality publication potential in data science
    • The ability to build a successful and lasting independent research program on foundational topics in data science
    • The desire and ability to work in a collaborative and dynamic environmental with a diverse team evidenced through prior projects
    • Superior written and oral communication skills

    PREFERENCES

    • Prior industry or entrepreneurial experiences/collaborations
    • Prior involvement in securing research funding (from government sources, private foundations, or industry partnerships)
    • A publication record demonstrating skills in computing and statistical methods and algorithms in a domain of choice
    • Evidence of serving as a mentor to students and/or as an advisor to businesses, or organizations
    • Experience with technology commercialization (such as, but not limited to securing patents, startup formation, etc.)
    • Desire to be a part of an experimental cohort of energetic and ambitious data science research faculty who come from different disciplines, but together can contribute to substantive paradigm shifts
    • An existing professional social media presence

    TERMS

    This is a full-time, 9-month, renewable non-tenure track appointment for Assistant Research Professor in Data Science. Anticipated three-year term which is extendable contingent on meeting funding milestones. Successful candidates should preferably begin work on or before August 23, 2022. The position will be fully funded for the first 1.5 years. Successful candidates will be expected to secure 50% of their salary from external sources for the following 1.5 years and 100% thereafter. The position includes full benefits (https://hr.uconn.edu/employee-benefits-overview/), an attractive start-up package to provide a research runway, and minimal non-research responsibilities. The salary will be commensurate with experience and includes the ability to further supplement annual salary with up to 3-months of external funding. Employment is conditional upon the timely completion of an approved I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form).

    Suitable areas of research include, but are not limited to:
    Statistics and Big Data analytics, Bioinformatics, Economics, Geosciences, Geospatial sciences, Psychology, Sociology or related fields.

    LOCATION

    About Stamford, Connecticut:
    A city of approximately 130,000, Stamford is Connecticut's 2nd largest and fastest growing city. Located directly on the New York City – Boston corridor, Stamford is only a 45 minute train ride to Manhattan's Grand Central Station. Stamford is home to approximately one third of the Fortune 1000 companies located in Connecticut, and the Stamford metropolitan statistical area has the highest per capita density of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. The city boasts over 150 restaurants, 40 parks/recreational areas, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, excellent schools, and is consistently ranked among the safest cities in the country.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18357) and submit the following application materials:
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Research statement (covering past and anticipated future research)
    • Statement on entrepreneurship/innovation/industry partnership activities
    • Commitment to diversity statement
    • Contact information for 3 references
    Review of candidates will begin January 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Further information: Contact the Data Science Assistant Research Professor search committee by Email to murphy.mackenzie[at]uconn.edu

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