Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty in Data Ethics

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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College of Information Sciences and Technology


The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) ( and the Department of Statistics in Eberly College of Science ( at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in data ethics, to begin August 2017. This position is part of a transformative series of co-funded hires in ethics, designed to ensure that Penn State becomes a leader in ethics informed interdisciplinary research and the integration of ethical literacy throughout the Penn State curriculum. This is one of twelve tenure-track appointments funded by the University to augment the Penn State mission in this important area. Co-funded faculty will be hosted as affiliate faculty in the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State ( The tenure home of this position, either the College of IST or the Department of Statistics within the College of Science, will be determined based on the strengths and research interests of the successful candidate, as well as the preference of the candidate. The successful candidate will have a strong record in data ethics in one or more data-related research areas with an intrinsic data ethics component, along with a demonstrated interest in applying this work to serve the public interest. Data-related research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: statistics or informatics of data privacy; ethics in information and cyber security; reproducibility of research; ethics implications of machine learning models, personalized medicine, genomics, environmental research and socio-technical systems; as well as technological innovations for ensuring fairness of machine learning models. We are seeking candidates who will build on the Rock Ethics Institute’s tradition of excellence in collaborative, interdisciplinary ethics research and ethically informed decision support for significant societal issues, as well as their success in integrating ethics into the curriculum. More specifically, we are looking for individuals who will be effective in working on and leading interdisciplinary teams that embed ethical analysis into research projects related to data sciences, and who have experience and interest in integrating ethics into undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Faculty who are hired will be Affiliate Faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute and receive a one-course release for the first five years for enhancing existing ethics research and curricular initiatives as well as building new initiatives and programs aligned with the Institute’s mission. We envision that the successful candidate will take an active role in establishing a strong ethical component in a newly formed undergraduate major in data sciences. This unique major, co-administered by three colleges at Penn State—IST, Science, and Engineering, provides a unique opportunity to enhance data ethics education that would be accessible to students within the new major as well as students from related majors across the university. We also envision the successful candidate to take a leadership role in data ethics research in collaboration with related research activities such as NIH-funded Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge (B2D2K) Training Program. College of IST and Department of Statistics both already have a significant number of faculty members active in data-related research, which will provide plenty of opportunities for collaborations regarding data ethics. The Pennsylvania University is the land grant institution of Pennsylvania. In the 2013 institutional rankings of total research expenditures in science and engineering released by the National Science Foundation, the university placed 17th overall nationally, and was placed 2nd (tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the total number of disciplines that are ranked among top ten nationally. To apply please upload only basic personal information, but not other information listed below. Interested applicants should submit the following material to (1) a cover letter (including a preference about tenure home), (2) a Curriculum Vitae, (3) 3-5 page research statement, (4) a one-page teaching statement, (5) contact information of 3-5 professional references, and (6) application materials are to include a statement of how the candidate’s work is relevant to the University and Rock vision and how such a position is likely to augment their own work. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquires about the position may be directed to

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088