The Master of Data Science program in our department is inviting
applications for the Lecturer position. Please see the appended
advertisement below. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone
to whom you think this may be of interest.
Peggy Ng, Administrator
Department of Statistics | The University of British Columbia
3182 Earth Sciences Building | 2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
UBC Master of Data Science program
British Columbia, Vancouver invites applications
for a Lecturer (one or more positions), associated with the
Master of Data Science Program. This
program is a collaborative effort of the Department of
Computer Science and the Department of Statistics, within the Faculty of Science. The Lecturer will be
formally based in the Department of Statistics but work closely
with colleagues from both departments.
MDS program focuses on the effective and responsible use of Data
Science tools across a broad spectrum of data types and domain
areas. It is a 10-month, full-time program, delivered in four-week course
modules. The last two months are devoted to a
capstone project. The
first cohort of MDS students graduated in June 2017; thus, this
position offers an opportunity to shape the delivery of the
program going forward.
The Lecturer will:
· Be the primary
instructor for a subset of the modules within the MDS program
and provide instructional support to other faculty instructors
for other modules.
· Identify and develop
instructional materials, including appropriate datasets, in
collaboration with participating faculty.
· Work with MDS
Directors and faculty to expand the MDS curriculum and keep it
· Mentor MDS students
undertaking capstone projects and liaise with project partners.
· Foster a positive
learning environment for MDS students and be the main continuous
presence with the student cohort over the 10 months.
· Serve on the MDS
· Collaborate on Data
Science education tasks with other groups at UBC such as the
Undergraduate Program within the Department of Statistics, the
Sauder School of Business’ Master of Business Analytics program,
· Supervise and assist
in the recruitment of teaching assistants.
aim to recruit a junior scholar who is committed to both the
practice and the teaching of Data Science and who is drawn to an
academic environment. There are also opportunities for the
Lecturer to contribute to other Data Science research projects
undertaken by the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
within the Department of Statistics.
position is subject to final budgetary approval. The Lecturer
will be appointed for one year, with the intent of renewal for
one or more additional years. The preferred start date is July
1, 2018. The Lecturer
will primarily report to the Co-Director of the MDS Program. We anticipate being
able to offer a competitive salary.
should hold a post-graduate degree (PhD preferred) in an area
relevant to Data Science and have some background in Statistics.
They should have experience in at least one of these areas and
enthusiasm for all: practical data management and analysis;
teaching at the postgraduate level; curriculum development;
R/Python/SQL; version control and other practices related to
collaborative and reproducible scientific work. Inquiries about
qualifications or the program can be directed to Mike Gelbart at
application package should consist of the following elements:
cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three
references, and any other pertinent information (e.g., evidence
of teaching effectiveness or links to relevant data scientific
work). The cover letter should specifically address how this
position relates to the applicant’s experience and career
aspirations. The application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as either a single
combined PDF file or
a link to a public GitHub repository containing the application
materials. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive; those
received by March 20, 2018 will receive full
and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and
diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been
underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from
members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds
enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity or _expression_,
racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital
or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis,
Inuit, or Indigenous person. All
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians
and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
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