Faculty Position in Information Organization (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)

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The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position, open as to rank, with an expected start date of July 1, 2015 in the area of Information Organization.

Candidates for this position should have a demonstrated record of relevant research. This could include expertise in one or more of the following: conceptual modeling of information systems; computational approaches to cognition; semantic representation and annotation; vocabulary and metadata design; classification and standardization including policy considerations; category learning at scale; data “wrangling”; search and information retrieval; automated content analysis, including applications to normalizing data and creating metadata, and/or applications to analyzing social science text, such as political text, or other information rich text such as biomedical, legal, or marketing text; and practical computational approaches for analyzing information in non-textual formats.

A successful candidate will possess appropriate technical expertise and research excellence, and be committed to working on issues related to information and/or information system design and development in a multidisciplinary setting. Relevant professional or industry experience, including hands-on experience with large-scale collections, is also desirable.

Additionally, candidates for this position must be able to teach a course in the design, structure, and use of category systems, data architecture and design for information systems, metadata creation and normalization, and data interchange formats and standards. Additional instructional topics that are desired but not required are database design, natural language processing, and information retrieval and ranking.

The minimum qualification required to be considered an applicant for the position is a doctoral degree or equivalent, or all degree requirements except the dissertation, in a related discipline (such as cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, psychology) or professional field (information science, digital humanities) at the time of application. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by the date of hire. Demonstrated ability to establish a high-quality research program and to teach both graduate courses in his/her area of specialty as well as to provide service to the School and University.

The School of Information is the most recently formed school on the Berkeley campus. We are a multidisciplinary professional school. Our faculty members come from diverse fields, including political science, sociology, economics, law, engineering, computer science, media arts and design, and information science. We share a commitment to building a new field of scholarship and practice that addresses the design of new genres of information, information systems, and media, information policy and ethics, and the relationships among information/ information systems and individuals, organizations, and society.

Our master’s graduates are employed in corporations and start-ups as well as government and non-profit organizations. Their jobs typically involve information design and architecture, user-centered design, document engineering, project management, consulting, web-based information services, and information policy and science. Graduates of our Ph.D. program have taken positions in places such as the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and Microsoft Research. We also offer undergraduate courses in fields such as search engines, new media, and the history of information.

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of teaching experience
  • A statement of research interests
  • Two select papers. Two additional select papers, if preferred, are optional.
  • Contact information for three references
  • Website URL (optional): A link to a website demonstrating applicant’s research and teaching expertise, if appropriate.

Letters of recommendation will be solicited from the references of the finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please arrange for letters of recommendation to be uploaded directly by recommenders. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality.

To apply, please submit all materials electronically, by December 15, 2014, to the following URL:


Questions may be sent to dean@ischool.berkeley.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at calcierge@berkeley.edu or visit http://calcierge.berkeley.edu.

Last updated:

March 4, 2015