Faculty Positions in Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Data Science-1
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for two faculty positions in Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Data Science. One position will be at the rank of assistant professor, and one will be open-rank. We seek candidates who are dedicated to our research mission and passionate about teaching in a world-class institution. We are especially interested in candidates developing data science methods to understand developmental and change processes; to inform substantive theories; to support causal inferences; or to improve the design and implementation of intervention or data collection. We welcome applications from individuals who are developing innovative methods and models for understanding and predicting longitudinal processes across multiple systems (e.g., behavior, physiology), multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individuals, families, institutions), and/or multiple timescales (e.g., minutes, days, years), such as latent variable modeling, network and graph theoretic models, dynamic or dynamical systems models, machine learning, categorical data analysis, item response theory, panel methods for constructing counterfactuals, or simulation-based approaches.
An earned doctorate in computational, quantitative behavioral or social sciences, statistics, or related fields, and the promise of outstanding scholarly accomplishments are required. Applicants should demonstrate a clear program of research, a strong publication record, and the potential to obtain external funding. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as directing theses/dissertations. We also particularly welcome applicants interested in teaching advanced quantitative and computational classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Applicants should be interested in collaborating broadly with the substantive areas in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, including Family Development; Individual Development during Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and/or Aging; and Intervention and Prevention. Our HDFS Department administers graduate, undergraduate, and research programs focused on individual development from infancy to old age, on family structure and dynamics, and on the impact of social/cultural contexts on development and family functioning. Our graduate program is rated by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top developmental science graduate programs in the country. In addition, a recent survey rated our HDFS graduate program as the top-ranked graduate program in Human Development and Family Studies in North America. The Department`s multidisciplinary faculty includes expertise in development across the life span, social-affective neuroscience, clinical and health psychology, prevention science, family process and intervention, demography, education, and methodology. A hallmark of the program's research and graduate training is its focus on development and application of innovative methods for the analysis of change over time. These activities are facilitated by multiple research units at Penn State: The Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology Group (http://quantdev.ssri.psu.edu), the Social Science Research Institute (http://ssri.psu.edu/about), the Methodology Center (http://methodology.psu.edu/), and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (https://ics.psu.edu/about/ics-centers/).
We will begin reviewing applications received by August 1, 2020, but will accept applications until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted in ways that conform to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Virtual interviews or other hybrid formats may be considered, as needed, and in consultation with the candidates.
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