Assistant Professor: Human-Centered Data Science

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The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant-professor level, with an expected start date of July 1, 2016, in the area of Human-Centered Data Science.

This work is emerging in fields such as HCI, CSCW, human computation, and other areas at the intersection of social science and technology. Some relevant topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Interactive Data Visualization
  • Human-centered Database Systems
  • Ethical uses of Big Data
  • Collaborative Data Analysis
  • Data Wrangling
  • Learning at Scale
  • Social and Economic Network Analysis
  • Crowd-sourced Data Systems
  • Human-centered Machine Learning Applications
  • Humanitarian Data: Tools and Applications

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 computer science or a relevant social science) or professional field (e.g., information science, digital humanities) at the time of application. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required by date of hire.

Preferred qualifications (by start date) include a demonstrated record of relevant research that seeks to enrich and/or design innovative solutions for data science tools, processes, and problems. A successful candidate will possess appropriate technical expertise and research excellence, and be committed to working in a multidisciplinary setting. Relevant professional or industry experience is also desirable.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish a high quality research program and to teach graduate courses in his/her area of specialty as well as to provide service to the School and University.

Applicants who complement their core expertise with qualitative, ethnographic, or design methods are encouraged to apply.

About the School of Information

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 new media and the history of information.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit all materials electronically, by December 14, 2015, to

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A short statement of teaching experience
  • A short statement of research interests
  • Three selected publications. One additional selected publication, if preferred, is optional
  • A link to a website demonstrating applicant’s research and teaching expertise
  • A statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

Three letters of recommendation will be required. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. 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 prior to submitting their letters.

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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

The School 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 visit:

Last updated:

October 3, 2016