We support faculty hires at all levels in any field with an interest in data science.

The DSI Faculty Recruitment Program helps Columbia recruit and hire top scholars in their respective disciplines, and specifically those who are advancing and/or applying data science. We are as interested in candidates who bring data science expertise to their discipline as in those who bring their disciplinary expertise to data science. By jointly recruiting top candidates to Columbia, we hope to foster even deeper collaborations with all parts of the University.

DSI is open to engage with faculty candidates at all levels (junior, mid-career, senior), for all faculty tracks (tenure-track, teaching, research) and from all fields of study. We have successfully hired junior faculty in law, nursing, and public affairs, and were directly involved in conversations with many faculty candidates—sometimes multiple times, at different stages of the hiring process—from many other departments and schools across the university. Both the hiring unit and the candidates should have an explicit interest in advancing or applying data science. DSI is particularly excited about candidates who will help fulfill the Institute’s mission.

Funding and Expectations

DSI’s financial commitment depends on available resources and Institute priorities. A successfully recruited candidate will be expected to be an active participant in the Institute.  


Interview: If you would like help interviewing a candidate during an on-campus visit, please contact Cliff Stein (cliff@ieor.columbia.edu) and his executive assistant will set up a time for him to connect with the candidate. Please include the candidate’s application package (c.v., letters, research and teaching statements, etc.). We will gladly meet with candidates on a rolling basis throughout the academic year depending on your recruitment timeline; early notice is strongly encouraged. We can also arrange for the candidate to speak with other DSI faculty members.

Offer: After the department or school decides to make an offer, and you would like DSI funds to help with start-up costs, the dean/department chair and the Institute will negotiate the terms of the amount and expectations of engagement with the DSI on a case-by-case basis. Department chairs are expected to get approval from their respective dean to receive DSI funds.