Instructional Professor in Computational Economics

Illinois, United States
03 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Chicago: Social Sciences Division: Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics


Chicago, IL


The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago invites applications for an Instructional Professor (IP) in Computational Economics.

This is a full-time, career-track teaching position with a start date of September 1, 2021. The initial two-year appointment is renewable with opportunity for promotion. Appointments at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Instructional Professor rank will be considered.

The IP will annually teach five courses in the MA program in Computational Social Science (MACSS), depending on other responsibilities, in consultation with the Department of Economics. Those courses will cover some combination of structured/unstructured machine learning approaches, but may also include structural estimation; network or general equilibrium modeling; data visualization; computational statistics (including introductions to Bayesian and non-parametric methods, Markov processes, and Monte Carlo simulation); or research drawing on sensors, data scraping, or large data analysis. The courses may also include applied computational work in a particular area of economics.

In addition to teaching, the IP will advise MACSS-Econ students in their course selections; hire and manage teaching assistants; participate in program admissions, staff hiring, and student recruitment; supervise occasional MA theses; and help plan the MACSS-Econ curriculum.

The position includes support for professional development. The IP will join a dynamic community of social science researchers.


Applicants must have a PhD in Economics or a closely related discipline. The PhD must be in hand prior to the start date. Teaching experience is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated expertise in applying data science or computational approaches to questions in economics.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at Applications must include 1) a cover letter, outlining the applicant’s prior computational training, prior teaching or mentoring experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an article-length writing sample or published/unpublished paper; 4) course evaluations or other evidence of past excellence in teaching or mentoring; and 5) the names of three academic references. 

Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

This position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.