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Instructor in Data Science

Requisition Number:

33944

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Posting Close Date:

15-Dec-2021

Date Posted:

05-Oct-2021

Job Summary

The office of the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks applicants for the position of Instructor, to begin fall 2022. This Instructor will teach in the MS in Data Science Program with an emphasis in statistics, R programming and machine learning. This Instructor reports to the Faculty Director of the Program in Data Science and will be affiliated with one of the following departments: Applied Mathematics (APPM), Computer Science (CS) or Information Science (INFO). The initial appointment is for a term of three years, with contract renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance.  

The successful applicant will be fluent in the R programming language (Tidyverse a plus) and prepared to teach data science courses including statistical methods, regression, statistical learning, data mining and machine learning. Preference will be given to applicants who know Python and are qualified to teach a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.   

The ideal candidate will assist in the development of data science degree programs. Additional responsibilities may include coordinating multi-section courses, supervising teaching assistants, serving on committees, supporting growth in the university’s data science degree offerings, and advising data science students.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Graduate School serves as the intellectual crossroads of the university. More than 5,000 graduate students from around the world come to CU Boulder to pursue graduate certificates, masters and doctoral degrees in over 150 programs. We offer degrees across a full range of disciplines which, alongside our robust interdisciplinary programs and centers, provide an outstanding environment in which to pursue graduate work. 

Through a collaboration between the Graduate School and Departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Science, the University of Colorado Boulder has launched two new degree programs in Data Science: an asynchronous, online professional Master of Science degree in Data Science hosted on the Coursera platform and an on-campus, in-person professional Master of Science degree in Data Science, with a corresponding online, Canvas-based degree to follow shortly. The programs are administratively housed in the Graduate School. Building three versions of the Data Science degree allows us to reach three distinct audiences: those who prefer a residential program, those who look for a term-based, higher touch online program, and those who desire an asynchronous, low touch program. 

The degree programs are interdisciplinary drawing on CU Boulder faculty expertise in statistics, applied mathematics, data science, computer science, information science, geospatial analytics, natural language processing, business analytics and more. The curriculum offers technical depth and functional breadth that also emphasizes cross-functional communication and teamwork, skills vital to data scientists who increasingly work with stakeholders across a wide spectrum of domains.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The teaching requirement for this appointment is 5 semester courses per academic year.  
  •  As part of the 20% service commitment, the individual may be asked to: 
    • Coordinate multi-section courses
    • Develop curricula and pedagogical techniques
    • Assist in the administration of the data science degrees
    • Advise data science students

What You Should Know

  • Initial appointment effective July 2022 will be as Lecturer. Appointment as Instructor will be effective at the beginning of academic year 2022–2023. The instructor appointment is a 9-month academic year position.  
  • We seek candidates who are strongly interested in or demonstrate effectiveness in teaching, mentoring and inspiring diverse students of all races, nationalities and genders, including first generation students. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. 

What We Can Offer

We can offer an academic year salary range of $65,000 – $82,500 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be adaptable. Be engaged. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • PhD in the mathematical sciences, statistics, data science or a closely related field. Degrees in outside fields are also eligible as long as significant work has been done in data science as part of the degree or subsequent research. 
  • ABD candidates will be considered but diploma must be conferred no later than August 22, 2022.  
  • At least 1 year of experience teaching at the university level. Teaching experience obtained while in pursuit of PhD is acceptable. 
  • Fluent in Python and R (Tidyverse preferred). 
  • Proficiency or experience with R, statistical methods, regression, and machine learning. 

What You Will Need

  • A demonstrated ability to teach data science or related courses. 
  • Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with a broad spectrum of students, faculty, and administrative staff.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy 
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Final candidates will be required to submit one (1) letter of recommendation. Background checks will be conducted for all final candidates. 

Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until 12/15/21. Applications received by November 15, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Jane Wall

Posting Contact Email: j.wall@colorado.edu