Postdoctoral Fellowship, Data Institute

Posting Details

Position Information

Requisition Number 2017-1372Staff
Job Title Postdoctoral Fellowship, Data Institute
Job Location Downtown San Francisco Campus
Salary Type Exempt
Minimum Hire-In Rate (for OPE positions only)
Job Type Full-Time
Union Type Non Union
Travel No Travel
Work Environment Classroom/Office
Job Summary

The Data Institute at the University of San Francisco is proud to invite applications for a postdoctoral position starting August 2018. The Data Institute was founded in the summer of 2016 and serves to advance multidisciplinary research in data science, train the next generation of both academic and industrial data scientists, foster an inclusive and welcoming data science community and support this community’s effort to apply data science solutions for the social good and finally, to continue our effort of breaking down the barriers between industry and academia.

The MS in Analytics as well as the BS in Data Science programs with the support of the Data Institute are interdisciplinary degree programs with a diverse and growing community of full-time faculty members from analytics, mathematics and statistics, and computer science. These programs have a combined undergraduate and graduate population of 140 students and growing. These students are centrally supported by both core graduate analytics faculty and the faculty from the mathematics and statistics department as well as the computer science department.

The Data Science faculty at USF and the Data Institute pursue academic excellence and are committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.

Job Responsibilities

The position is primarily aimed at recently graduated doctoral students (0-4 years from completing their Ph.D.) from STEM fields. Training and opportunities the postdoc will receive include:

1. Dedicated research mentoring from affiliated faculty with specialties in deep learning, natural language processing, databases, statistical modeling, network analysis, algorithms, unsupervised learning, machine learning, optimization, experimental design, health analytics, signal processing and other areas of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science and Data Science.
2. Research funding to support travel and dissemination of research.
3. Access to the computing resources at USF and the Data Institute that includes GPU clusters as well as Amazon Web Services resources.
4. Teaching opportunities (no more than 1 course per semester) in his/her area of specialty in undergraduate or graduate data science and analytics courses (including, but not limited to, courses currently offered in the BSDS and MSAN programs).
5. Access to opportunities from specialized courses established at the Data Institute and the graduate programs at USF including deep learning, databases, large-scale computing, statistical modeling and other areas of Data Science to complement the postdoctoral candidate’s current training and expertise.
6. Opportunity to mentor graduate students on industry practicum projects that will expose the fellow to practical data science problems in industry.
7. Direct assignment and support by a company partner and industry mentor for an advanced research project in data science from industry.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in the appropriate field of study by August 2018. This position may be renewable annually to a maximum of two years and is not a tenure-track position.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted online at To receive full consideration, application must be complete and submitted by January 15, 2018. Please send questions regarding this position to All applicants should submit the following:

(1) Letter of application
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Graduate transcripts
(4) Research statement (three pages, double spaced)
(5) Sample of recently published or forthcoming research (maximum of 25 pages)
(6) Three current letters of recommendation

Job Open Date 11/06/2017
Job Close Date
Posted until Filled No
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about USF employment opportunities?
    • USF website
    • A current USF employee
    • A former USF employee
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    • The Chronicle of Higher Education website or magazine
    • Craig's List
    • LinkedIn
    • Other: Please specify below
  2. If you selected Other above, please specify (Please Limit Description to 150 Characters)

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you 18 years or older?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * If selected, do you agree to submit to a background check?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * If selected, are you able to provide original documentation showing your authorization to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  2. Other Document
  3. Letter of Application
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
  6. Research Proposal
  7. Transcript
Optional Documents