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Urban Informatics Cluster Hire, Open Rank - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. On its Boston campus, the university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. 

About the Opportunity:

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University seeks nominations and applications for several tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in computational social science, with a focus on urban informatics, quantitative methods, or network science, with an expected start date of Fall 2020. Successful candidates will have a distinguished scholarly record using methodological approaches that leverage and work with large or complex data sources to study social phenomena, including but not limited to questions pertaining to cities and communities. We have special interest in scholars whose work includes the use of administrative, scraped, archival, or internet-gathered data. We are seeking scholars who work in spatial, network, or textual analysis, and/or use machine-learning tools. Competitive applicants will also have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and leadership. Faculty appointments will be made in one or more of the member departments of the CSSH, including the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Political Science, Department of Economics, and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Cross-college appointments are possible. Successful applicants will likely affiliate with one of our research centers dedicated to this work, including the Boston Area Research Initiative, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, or the Network Science Institute.

The position will support the University’s commitment to innovation in experiential learning as well as the college’s mission in integrating data and technology in the analysis of society, policy, and governance. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to a Northeastern University education.




A PhD in urban studies, sociology, public policy, economics, political science, criminology, or related field in hand by start date.

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Additional Information:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and writing sample, as well as the names of three references. For those who would be appointed at the assistant professor level, we will request references upon receipt of application.

To apply, please go to and click on the link for full-time positions or full-time interdisciplinary positions or if viewing this description on the Northeastern University website, click “Apply to this job.” Please address nominations and inquiries about the position to Professor Daniel O’Brien, at Review of applications will begin Oct. 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts. Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a dynamic and highly selective urban research university in the center of Boston. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern provides unprecedented global experiential learning opportunities. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups underrepresented in academia.

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