Associate Professor of Computational Social Science

The University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences has identified computational social science as a strategic initiative. The emergence of large datasets and powerful computing methods position social scientists to test new hypotheses and study phenomena on a previously unprecedented scale, yet pose technological and computational challenges. We are seeking scholars who can rise to these challenges and who will build interdisciplinary CSS collaborations within UD and beyond.

The University’s College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a scholar in computational social science. Rank appointments will be made at the Associate Professor, Tenure Track or as a Tenured Associate Professor based on qualifications. Outstanding candidates with experience in analyzing large scale data sets concerning human behavior, computational modeling of social phenomena, and/or other emerging areas of computational social science are encouraged to apply. We anticipate a primary departmental appointment in a social sciences unit, with possible joint appointments in other departments or Colleges. The expected start date for the position is September 1, 2015. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a social science discipline with a strong quantitative focus, or a Ph.D. in computational, statistical or engineering disciplines with a strong track record of application in the social sciences. Applicants should also have demonstrated leadership experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact research and a strong record of grant writing and funded research. The successful candidates will be expected to teach core courses in their respective departments at all levels, and establish an externally funded and highly visible research program that complements current research activities at the University.

Using the Interfolio® online system at UD, applicants should submit a single pdf document that includes a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, up to two article preprints or reprints, and contact information for at least three references. Questions regarding this position (but not applications) may be directed to the Computational Social Science Search Committee Chair ( Additional application materials may be requested by the committee at a later point. Consideration of applications will begin on a rolling basis beginning October 31, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials will be shared with the faculty in the relevant departments.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity). With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus ( The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.