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Interdisciplinary hiring of 10+ new computational science faculty across UC Davis

UC Davis is dramatically expanding in the field of computational science, especially in the interrelated areas of data science, model building, network science, and computational neuroscience. 10+ new faculty hires have been approved across a range of departments and centers over a 3-year period, including communication, computer science, ecology, physics, psychology, statistics, mathematics, and neuroscience.


Most of these newly approved positions are divided into three separate but interacting clusters: Data Science, Network Science, and Computational Neuroscience, but are closely coordinated with our ongoing search in Quantitative Models of Human Communication.

The following is a sample of the positions available this year.  All currently open positions at UC Davis can be found here . Additional positions will be announced later this year and/or in subsequent years.  Important: If you would like to be considered for more than one of the open positions, please submit separate applications for each position of interest.


Quantitative Models of Human Communication

This position is in the Department of Communication and focuses on quantitative model building in communication. Models aimed at understanding and identifying the fundamental theoretical building blocks of human communication have the potential to inform all the social sciences, which includes areas such as cooperation and coordination, trust and goal manipulations, contagion and diffusion, technology adaption and technological change, organizational communication and team-building, community development, social network evolution, and democratic processes. Applicants are sought from scholars conducting theory-driven and theory-building research through modern modeling tools, such as agent-based models, computer simulations and other numerical solutions, which are informed by analytical approaches, such as game theory, dynamical systems theory, information theory, or statistical mechanics. The applicant must show evidence that developed models are grounded in empirical data from the social sciences. Apply here or contact Prof. Martin Hilbert for additional details.


Social-Ecological Systems

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy is seeking applicants with a background in political or policy science, network science, sustainability science, decision science, systems modeling, or other disciplinary or interdisciplinary programs with rigorous quantitative training combined with knowledge of environmental governance and policy. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program that uses social-ecological approaches to address critical or emerging issues such as climate change, food security, invasive species, water management, energy systems, transportation, or other issues.​ Apply here or contact Mark Lubell or Raissa D'Souza for more information.


Science and Technology Studies – Data Studies

The University of California, Davis invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor or recently tenured associate professor in the social studies of data and data science including the scientific, political, social, and scholarly use and creation of data. Experience and a genuine interest in working in a collaborative environment and especially in collaborating with data scientists are highly desired. The successful applicant will be appointed in the Science and Technology Studies Program, with expectation for cross-appointment in an emergent multidisciplinary data science program. The appointee is expected to actively participate in the growing interdisciplinary team of the Data Science Initiative and to take a central role in teaching in and developing a new Data Studies minor. Apply here or contact Joe Dumit or Duncan Temple Lang for more information.


Computational Neuroscience: Analysis and Modeling

We are seeking a computational neuroscientist who focuses on innovative new data analysis and modeling methods for linking cognitive and/or affective processes to their underlying neural substrates (such as those arising from noninvasive neuroimaging techniques or invasive multi-electrode recordings). The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level and will be 50% in Psychology (within the Quantitative area) and 50% in another quantitatively focused department (most likely Statistics or Computer Science). Laboratory space will be located at the strongly interdisciplinary Center for Mind & BrainContact Prof. Steve Luck or Prof. Mark Goldman for additional details.


Motor Control

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Motor Control at the Assistant Professor level. This position is part of a recently approved hiring initiative in the general area of neuro-engineering, brain-machine interfaces, and prosthetic devices. Apply here or contact Jochen Ditterich or Marty Usrey for more information.


Additional Information about the involved clusters:

Data Science Cluster
UC Davis is creating a new academic unit for Data Science, seeded with four new tenure track positions. Data Science is the process and pipeline by which we develop insights and make breakthroughs via data-driven explorations and discovery of well-framed questions. It is a new "fourth" paradigm for research and policy. Data Science is more than advances in Computer Science, Statistics and Mathematics. These are vital ingredients that Data Science integrates differently than any one of them alone. Data Science is inherently multidisciplinary and will broaden existing disciplines and draw them together to solve qualitatively new problems in qualitatively new ways.

Network Science Cluster
The paradigm of networks is emerging as a unifying theme across the scholarly disciplines, and at UC Davis we have tremendous strengths in empirical analysis of network data across all of our colleges, divisions, and campuses from political science to engineering to medicine. We plan to now grow our core of faculty who are focused on the foundations of network science including the mathematical theory and methodology to connect network structure with function and connect network theory with practice.  We seek faculty hires who can integrate across theory traditions in the mathematical, physical and social sciences, and who are eager to partner with our broad existing base of network practitioners to develop deep understanding of network principles, actionable insights for empirical analysis, and policy implications for our modern world composed of interconnected networks.  


Computational Neuroscience Cluster
Linking the biology of the brain to the complex mental processes that define thoughts and behavior is one of the grand challenges of modern science. Advances in experimental neuroscience have led to an explosion in our ability to gather increasingly sophisticated data on brain processes at all scales. These technical advances demand new methods for the statistical analysis of the massive data sets produced by new recording techniques, and new computational models and theories to connect such measurements to circuit function and behavior. To meet this demand, UC Davis is expanding its representation in Computational Neuroscience through the hiring of 3 new tenure-track faculty positions. We seek faculty who will interact with the 80+ members of the Center for Neuroscience and the Center for Mind & Brain, and who will form an interdisciplinary cluster of researchers that individually and jointly tackles major unsolved problems in neuroscience.