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Associate Professor - Data Science

Apply now Job no: 516422
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: MSP
Categories: Computer & Information Technology, Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


About CICS

Established in 2015, the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) is home to a U.S. News & World Report top twenty-five ranked computer science graduate program and a top-thirty ranked undergraduate program.  Today, CICS has 74 faculty, including 40 faculty hired in the past five years. Research funding from industry and government exceeded $21 million in the past year. The college maintains significant research collaborations with more than 50 industry-leading technology companies. Its affiliated research centers include the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, the Center for Data Science, the Center for Smart and Connected Society, the Center for Knowledge Communication, the Computational Social Science Institute, and the Cybersecurity Institute. The college offers a world-class education, with 281 PhD students, 396 MS students, and 1732 undergraduate computer science and informatics majors. United by a revolutionary vision for computing research, education, and outreach—Computing for the Common Good—the CICS community is committed to inspiring and educating students from all backgrounds and experiences, and conducting research that improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth and the world. 


About the Center for Data Science

The Center for Data Science (CDS) was announced in 2015 as a $100M initiative to expand and coordinate all aspects of computational data science. This includes bringing 16 new tenure-track faculty positions to CICS, creating two new educational programs, establishing an active industry affiliate program, building a 1000+ GPU cluster to support deep learning research, supporting faculty through a postdoctoral fellowship program, running an innovative Data Science for the Common Good summer program, launching a service providing staff data scientists to faculty across campus, and gathering over $50M in outside funding from industry, philanthropy, and government. CDS is agile and administratively light-weight, existing as a thin-walled organization inside CICS, not responsible for tenure track lines, nor administering degree programs.  The Center has over 30 affiliate computer science faculty, and over 200 affiliated faculty across the University and the Five Colleges.


Job Description

The Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for tenure-track faculty whose research focuses within some area of Data Science, with particular interest in applications at the Associate Professor level. Exceptional candidates at other ranks may be considered. Special consideration will be given to candidates having interest and aptitude for serving in a leadership role in the Center for Data Science, as Associate Director, and later Director. As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and candidates with a commitment to mentoring individuals from historically marginalized groups in computer science.  



Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related area and should show evidence of exceptional research experience or promise.


Additional Information

Starting Date: September 1, 2023. Other start dates (e.g., Spring 2024 or Fall 2024) may be considered.

UMass Amherst and CICS are very supportive of dual-career families. We have a Partner Employment Program and will work with candidates to find opportunities for partners within CICS, across the University, and in the nearby community. Although UMass does not guarantee job placement, efforts are made to help secure a position for spouses or partners. For more information on our Partner Employment Program or other faculty benefits, please see

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries and requests for more information can be sent to:


Application Instructions

All applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching interests, and a diversity statement (see below). Please submit the names and contact information for three (3) professional references in the application form. Applicants at the Associate or full Professor level should list a fourth professional reference in their cover letter. Please include a statement in your cover letter that explains what it is about UMass Amherst and CICS specifically that makes you interested in this faculty position.

The Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, mentoring, teaching, and/or outreach activities.

We will begin interviewing as early as January 2023. To ensure consideration for a Winter/Spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than December 31, 2022.


The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

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