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Deadline: Review Begins January 15th, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled |  Apply Here »

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, teaching-track Assistant Professor of Instruction in Computational Social Science to begin on September 1, 2024.

Excellent candidates for this position exhibit a strong record and potential for building leading-edge courses, curriculum, and programs that help undergraduates, graduate students, and colleagues across substantive areas of political science to connect with relevant techniques and methodological ideas. We are especially keen to seek a new colleague who can expand our research, teaching, and advising with intensive statistical knowledge, programming skills, and awareness of data science norms and practices.

The successful candidate will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as participate in departmental activities and service. The standard teaching load is six courses annually, which can include the two-week, pre-semester intensive on Statistical and Computational Research methods. Course releases in exchange for specific service roles may be available. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required; however, ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2024 will be considered. The ideal candidate will bridge between the Political Science department and the broader computational social science and data sciences communities at Northwestern, helping establish connections with other campus activities such as the Center for Diversity and Democracy (CSDD), the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), the Global Poverty Research Lab, the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, the Northwestern Institute of Complex System (NICO), Sociology, Psychology, Computer Science, Statistics and Data Science, the School of Education and Social Policy, the School of Communication, Kellogg School of Management, among others.

Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. In addition to narrating publications and manuscripts in progress, the research statement should describe the candidate’s computational contributions to the scholarly community (programs, R libraries, repositories, etc.) and provide links to such materials.

Consideration of files will begin on January 15th and will continue until the position is filled. All applications received by January 15th will be given priority.


For inquiries about the job advertisement or application, please reach out to Stephen Monteiro, Business Administrator in the Department of Political Science, by email:

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