Assistant Professor – Applied Data Science (531766)
Position Rank and Title: Tenure-track Assistant Professor
School/Department Name: Department of Applied Data Science
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule . Anticipated hiring academic year annual salary range: $110,000 - $120,000 annually. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU's excellent employment benefits.
Target Start Date: August 17, 2024
Application Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled or closed
The Department of Applied Data Science at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for full-time assistant professor positions in data science and its applied technologies.
The department offers academic programs to address the emerging workforce demands of the interdisciplinary talents designing and deploying intelligent solutions to real-world data challenges. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the principles, methodologies, and technologies of data science. Silicon Valley is known for its leadership in the big data economy and its demand for talent in response to the exponential growth of data. The department continuously seeks guidance from leading data professionals and companies to ensure that the curriculum is relevant for growing the talent needed in Silicon Valley.
Local data professionals regularly interact with our students through teaching classes, speaking at seminars, sponsoring internships, and supervising capstone projects. Faculty members actively engage with industry partners and sponsors to assess our curricula and update learning objectives in order to provide the most up-to-date skills for supporting innovations from this region.
The department is an academic hub, in partnership with other SJSU departments and industry partners, for promoting education and research in applied data science. In order to address the immense demand for data science professionals, the department launched an MS in Data Analytics program in August 2018. This program provides students with the advanced education necessary to draw insights from real data and apply analytical skills to solve practical problems. Currently, 400 students are enrolled in the program, with continued plans for future growth. More than 150 Silicon Valley companies have hired our students for internships and permanent positions.
More information about the Department of Applied Data Science at San José State University can be found here . More information about the MS in Data Analytics program can be found here .
San José State University and the Department of Applied Data Science place a high value on belonging, equity, and diversity. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university's commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines , along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.
- An earned doctorate by start of appointment.
- Evidence of or strong potential for scholarly and professional achievement.
- Evidence of or strong potential for teaching and/or training effectiveness.
- Proven track record of industry and/or commercial applications in generative AI and data engineering.
- Expertise in at least two fields in Natural Language processing (Natural Language understanding, Natural Language Generation, human computer interaction, Large Language Models, generative AI, Image Generation, and Tools) or at least two fields in Data Engineering (ETL data pipeline, big data processing, data warehouse, NoSQL database, distributed/parallel systems, and cloud computing).
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, or other comparable experience.
Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
- The ability to teach courses in at least two of the above fields in Large Language Models or Data Engineering.
- The ability to teach graduate-level courses to students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds.
- The potential to jointly develop applied research projects in emerging data science/analytics with Silicon Valley companies.
- The potential to be qualified for tenure through excellent teaching, research and services
- The candidate will have teaching responsibilities in data science and applied technologies.
- The candidate will be actively engaged in scholarly activities, as evidenced by: conducting research, presenting professional papers, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and developing grants.
- The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity-in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation-through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.
Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.
Faculty employees must complete CSU employee training as assigned and required based on their role (e.g., Data Security, FERPA, Preventing Discrimination and Harassment, Title IX, Health and Safety). The President may recommend or require compliance with safety measures that decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission or illness and allows the core mission and activities of the campus to continue.
Select Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- letter of interest
- curriculum vitae
- diversity statement
- statement of teaching interests/philosophy
- research plans
- three references with contact information or three references we may contact for letters
Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Simon Shim, Department Chair, at email@example.com .
The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California and requires commuting to the campus. Employment is contingent upon US residence and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.
San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most innovative regions in the world, San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and the second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and a commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.
Equal Employment Statement
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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled