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Associate or Full Professor - Data Science Ethics

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 1st, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 9, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Philosophy and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) at the University of California, San Diego are seeking to make a joint appointment at the tenured Associate to Full Professor level, to begin 1 July 2020 in the following area: Ethics in Data Science. This search is part of an ongoing cluster of hires, sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE) and focused on the social implications and ethics of science, technology and medicine. It is expected that the successful candidate will participate in relevant activities of the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE).

HDSI is a new strategic academic institute tasked with the hosting and coordination of Data Science research and education activities at the University of California, San Diego. Among HDSI academic programs are the Data Science major and minor currently with nearly 600 undergraduate students. The Department of Philosophy is in the Division of Arts and Humanities and has strengths in moral philosophy and philosophy of science, among many others.

We are looking for a candidate who engages in research connected to the ethics of data science, broadly understood. Data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more are reshaping life, from individuals to society at large. This work raises many ethical questions, from the ethics that gets programmed into autonomous machines (e.g., vehicles, weapons), to questions about fairness, bias and transparency in predictive algorithms, to accountability in the use of data.

The appointment is a joint one between the Department of Philosophy and HDSI with teaching and service responsibilities. The successful candidate will need to be able to teach in both fields. Although a fully shared appointment, Philosophy will be the candidate’s home department and will oversee the process of appointment and future review, evenly distributed between the two units. The standard teaching load is four courses per year.

Must possess PhD in Philosophy, Computer Science, or related field. Preferred: potential for contributions in the arena of equity and diversity (see http:/

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release” into RECRUIT as part of their application.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be submitted electronically by December 5, 2019 at the following link:

Application must include cover letter; CV; statement detailing your research interests, teaching experience, and leadership efforts; statement detailing how your research, teaching, and service would contribute to campus diversity goals; authorization to release form; writing sample(s); contact information for 3-5 references.

AA-EOE: The University of California is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to excellence and diversity (

Job location

La Jolla, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( for more information.

  • Writing Sample #1

  • Writing Sample #2

  • Writing Sample #3

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)