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Job ID: 132913

Applied Data Ethics Fellow
University of San Francisco

Date Posted Nov. 4, 2019
Title Applied Data Ethics Fellow
University University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Political Science - General
    Social Sciences - General
    Research Methods/Data Analysis

Job Title:

Applied Data Ethics Fellow
Job Summary:

The Data Institute at the University of San Francisco is seeking applicants for an Applied Data Ethics Fellow.
This role will be part of the Center for Applied Data Ethics (CADE), housed within the Data Institute at USF.
The appointment will be for a minimum of 1 year, with the opportunity to extend up to 1 additional year,
dependent upon funding.

This position is open to those with a wide range of backgrounds. We welcome applicants from any discipline (including, but not limited to computer science, statistics, law, social sciences, history, media studies, political science, public policy, business, etc.).

We are looking for people who have shown deep interest and expertise in areas related to data ethics, including disinformation,
surveillance/privacy, unjust bias, or tech policy, with a particular focus on practical impact.

Full Job Description:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, research
statement (1000 words), links to any relevant previous work (can include academic papers,
blog posts, essays, or recordings of talks), and three letters of recommendation electronically
in PDF format to

The role will involve:

● Supporting research in the area of tech ethics. This can take many forms, whether
it is traditional academic research, working with a Data Institute partner company or
nonprofit on ethical issues and developing a case study, or in creating other original
programming around data ethics.

● A community engagement component that may include designing workshops
for middle school or high school students; supporting the course development for Director
of CADE including continuing education evening courses open to those already working in tech.

● Supporting the dissemination of research by sharing work through papers, blog posts, and
speaking at conferences (industry, open source, or academic).

● Involvement with events at the USF Data Institute, including interacting with researchers in
other Data Institute programs, attending seminars, and meeting with Data Institute partner
companies and nonprofits.

The USF Data Institute serves as the umbrella organization for data science education,
research and programming at USF. The Data Institute offers the MS in Data Science
(MSDS), BS in Data Science (BSDS) and continuing education certificates, hosts
interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows, and is home to initiatives focused on
applied data ethics, AI in medical research and environmental science. The MSDS and the BSDS
programs, with the support of the Data Institute, are interdisciplinary degree
programs with a diverse and growing community of full-time faculty members
from data science, mathematics and statistics, and computer science.

Training and opportunities the Fellow will receive include:

Research funding to support travel and dissemination of research. Access to
the computing resources at USF and the Data Institute that includes GPU clusters
as well as Amazon Web Services resources.
Access to specialized courses established at the Data Institute and the graduate
programs at USF including in deep learning, databases, large-scale computing,
statistical modeling and other areas of data science to complement the Fellow’s
current training and expertise.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree.

The data science faculty at USF and the Data Institute pursue academic excellence
and are committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students
from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed
and can thrive.

This position is a temporary position. The term (length) of the position is dependent
on the funding to cover the total compensation of the position. This position will be
reviewed periodically to ensure funding still exists.

We invite interested candidates to find out more about the Data Institute, MSDS program
and the faculty here:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, research statement
(1000 words), links to any relevant previous work (can include academic papers, blog posts,
essays, or recordings of talks), and three letters of recommendation electronically in PDF
format to
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but review will begin after November 1.
Any questions can be sent to

The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education.
As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational
services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion,
religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related)
and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably
accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.
USF is a private, urban Jesuit University with a global perspective that educates women
and men who will fashion a more humane and just world. The core mission of the University is
to promote learning in the Jesuit tradition. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and
professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and
professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be women and men for others.

The University draws from the cultural, intellectual, and economic resources of the San
Francisco Bay Area and its location on the Pacific Rim to enrich and strengthen its
educational programs. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to work in a culturally
diverse environment and to contribute to the mission of the University.

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