Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Scientist in Data Science
Columbia University New York
United States

Job Requisition Number 00001887

Position Title Post-Doctoral Research Fellow/Scientist

Department DSI Data Sciences Institute

Division Data Sciences Institute

Location Morningside

Summary Description

The Data Science Institute (DSI) at Columbia University invites applications for the 2020 cohort of the DSI Post-Doctoral Fellows Program. This program is to produce next-generation leaders in data science. Fellows will carry out independent and novel research in an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary, collaborative research. We seek fellows who will support DSI’s broad mission:

1. Advance the state of the art in data science;

2. Transform all fields, professions, and sectors through the application of data science;

3. Ensure the responsible use of data for the benefit of society.

The Data Science Institute at Columbia University, a world-leading institution in research and education of data science, is positioned to promote “Data for Good”: using data to address societal challenges and bringing humanistic perspectives as—not after—new science and technology is invented. At Columbia, data science literally touches every corner of the university. The Data Science Institute at Columbia University, started in 2012, is a university-level institute representing over 350 faculty from 18 different schools, institutes, and colleges across campus, along with a robust industrial affiliates program and strong ties with New York City’s economic development, including the dynamic and fast-growing start-up community. We are focused on world-class research and training data scientists who go on to be leaders in academia, industry, and government.

Program Goals: For the DSI Post-Doctoral Fellows Program, we seek candidates who are recent Ph.D. graduates and have explicit interests in advancing and/or applying data science to other domains. Prior experience in data science is not required. We are especially looking for candidates with the courage and interest to learn a new field, be part of a select like-minded cohort of fellows, and along with Columbia University DSI members, help define the field of data science for the long-term future. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

Please review our Postdoctoral Fellow page on the Institute’s homepage; there are a number of collaborations with other schools, centers, and institutes at Columbia University. The Data Science Institute encourages candidates who have a specific interest in any one of those collaborative areas to also express such interest within your cover letter.

Minimum Degree Required
For the DSI Post-Doctoral Fellows Program, we seek candidates who are recent Ph.D. graduates and have explicit interests in advancing and/or applying data science to other domains.

Minimum Qualifications

Prior experience in data science is not required. We are especially looking for candidates with the courage and interest to learn a new field, be part of a select like-minded cohort of fellows, and along with Columbia University DSI members, help define the field of data science for the long-term future. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

Additional Information

Appointments for the cohort of DSI Fellows start on/around July 1, 2021, with guaranteed funding for two years. In addition to a competitive salary package, DSI Fellows will also be provided with a research expenditure budget of that can be used for conference travel, computing equipment, and/or other research-related costs.

RAPS posting date 09/18/2020

Special Instructions to the Applicant

The candidate should identify two-five names of potential mentors who are current Columbia faculty members. A good place to look for mentors would be the list of DSI faculty affiliates but candidates are welcome to look beyond this list. If you are interested in applying data science to a specific domain, we encourage you identify mentors from both a foundational area (applied mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, machine learning, optimization, statistics, etc.) and a domain area. Using your input, the DSI will ensure the best possible match of mentor(s) for you.

Evaluation of applications by a review committee will start after December 1, 2020 and continue until the positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and preferably before December 1, 2020.

A cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to this program and indicates your choice of mentors;

A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications);

A brief research statement that summarizes current research interests, past accomplishments, and future research goals. It should contain a short proposal for the research activities you plan to do as a DSI Fellow, including a schedule with milestones;

Up to three representative research papers;

Three letters of reference;

[Optional] A letter from a potential mentor indicating an interest in your candidacy and your proposed research activities, submitted directly to dsi-fellows@columbia.edu
Offers will be made on a rolling basis, with final Fellowship decisions made by April 1, 2021.

EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Writing Sample/Publication 1
  • Statement of Research
  • Optional Documents
  • Writing Sample/Publication 2
  • Other Document 1
  • Other Document 2


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