Lecturer, Data

Illinois, United States
27 May 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

The University of Chicago: Physical Sciences Division: Department of Computer Science


Chicago, Illinois


The Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago seeks qualified lecturers for the 2019/20 school year to design and teach courses in the field of computational data analysis for the Masters Program in Computer Science (http://csmasters.uchicago.edu/), including a self-contained introductory course on computational data analysis.

As part of its curriculum, the MPCS offers a specialization in Data Analytics that involves a rigorous course of study in foundational mathematical topics and machine learning (students in this specialization typically take the following two-course sequence: https://mpcs-courses.cs.uchicago.edu/2018-19/winter/courses/53110 and https://mpcs-courses.cs.uchicago.edu/2018-19/spring/courses/53111). The MPCS seeks to expand its offering of classes in this specialization. Topic of interest include, but are not limited to, Data Engineering, Deep Learning, Data Visualization, and Artificial Intelligence.

For students that do not seek to specialize in Data Analytics, but who wish to get some exposure to that area, the MPCS also offers a self-contained, introductory course on computational data analysis (Applied Data Analysis, https://mpcs-courses.cs.uchicago.edu/2017-18/spring/courses/53120). This course covers basic concepts in machine learning, toolkits for data analysis, big data services and frameworks, etc. This course has been taught multiple times in the program, and has an existing syllabus and coursework. Nonetheless, the lecturer for this class would still have flexibility to alter aspects of the course, including a major overhaul of the course in consultation with the MPCS leadership. 

Courses are held for ten weeks during each academic quarter, with the eleventh week for a final project or exam. Courses can meet in the daytime (meeting 2-3 times a week for a total of three hours) or in the evening (meeting once per week for three hours). The exact day(s)/time(s) are determined in consultation with the lecturer.

This position is part-time and is not benefits eligible. Applicants must currently be authorized to work permanently in the U.S.


Applicants will be evaluated on teaching skills and command of specific course content. Applicants must have completed a Master's degree in Computer Science or have equivalent professional experience in the specific course areas. Applicants with a PhD in Computer Science or experience in teaching at the university level will be given preferred consideration. 

Application Instructions

Applicants must upload a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing technical and teaching experience, and a list of three references. The cover letter must specify whether the applicant is interested in teaching Applied Data Analysis and/or other data courses. In the latter case, the applicant may provide a draft syllabus for a data-oriented course they could teach.

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