Indiana University - Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana
August 30 2018
Life Sciences, Ecology
Organization Type


Tenure-track Faculty Position

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, Bloomington seeks a visionary, dynamic data scientist for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the field of environmental informatics. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong mathematical/statistical and computing background who have experience in developing, modifying, and implementing novel methodologies to extract and integrate information from large biological, chemical, ecological, and/or geospatial datasets. Preference will be given to candidates whose research leverages these datasets to improve our mechanistic and/or biological understanding of populations, communities, and/or ecosystems, and who seek to develop interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in environmental science, chemistry, biology, geography, and/or public health. Persons with experience and knowledge in applying Bayesian methods, machine and deep learning, and explainable artificial intelligence to complex environmental datasets are encouraged to apply.

Faculty at Indiana University have access to state-of-the-art facilities for genomics and bioinformatics through the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (https://cgb.indiana.edu/index.html), supercomputing and data science through the Pervasive Technology Institute (https://pti.iu.edu/index.html), and unique field opportunities through the facilities and extensive properties of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve (https://preserve.indiana.edu/). Founded in 1972, SPEA was the first school to combine public policy, management, and administration with environmental science. The School is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service addressing critical issues in environmental science, policy and management (www.indiana.edu/~spea/research/index.shtml). Presently, SPEA ranks first in the nation in environmental policy and management in U.S. News & World Report.

Applicants should have a PhD in statistics, mathematics, environmental science, computational biology, or a related data science discipline, post-doctoral experience, and a record of publication commensurate with appointment at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, including developing a graduate-level course in their area of specialty.

We are especially interested in applicants with a record of successful teaching and/or supervision of students and employees from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, etc.) and an interest in contributing to SPEA's programs, curricular offerings, and research portfolio in ways that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion; applicants are encouraged to address these topics in the letter of application.

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by November 15, 2018, however, the search will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, current vita, statement on research and teaching, representative manuscripts (up to three), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent using instructions provided online via https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/. Preferred start date is August 2019.

Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Joseph Shaw (joeshaw@indiana.edu)

For more information see: http://www.indiana.edu/~spea

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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