The University of Chicago, Data Science Institute

Position ID: 2851-POSTDOCTORAL [#19588]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar, AI & Science Research Initiative - Data Science Institute
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Chicago, Illinois 60637, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: finished (2022/02/15, finished 2023/02/18)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

Application review has been extended to March 4, 2022. However, the application will remain open until filled.

The University of Chicago is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar focused on jointly advancing scientific discovery and AI. AI & Science is a major interdisciplinary research initiative at the Data Science Institute (DSI) focused on developing a new paradigm of AI-enabled scientific discovery in which AI is an integral component of the scientific method, guiding the construction of hypotheses, designing sequences of experiments, and analyzing data to develop new hypotheses, while advancing core AI principles. Scientific domains of interest include, but are not limited to, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, materials science, and environmental science; postdocs will explore AI, machine learning, and signal processing that leverages both training data and physical models.

The DSI is part of a vibrant and growing data science community which includes departments across campus as well as the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC).

Drawing on the University of Chicago’s top-ranked programs, world-renowned faculty, as well as a vibrant and quickly expanding data science ecosystem, this is an opportunity to engage in field-defining data science and artificial intelligence research. Our positions carry a competitive salary, generous research funding stipends, and benefits.

What you’ll do:

Interdisciplinary Research & Collaboration (90%): To extend and deepen scientific, technical, and communication skills, scholars will gain broad exposure to AI and Science research topics with collaborative work on cutting-edge research projects and no teaching responsibilities.

Professional Development (10%): Scholars will gain training and experience with: mentoring and outreach through our summer lab and clinic programs; communicating your research to a broad audience; engaging with the media and external stakeholders; and applying for and securing funding.


PhD in relevant field by start of postdoc appointment.

Expertise in machine learning, signal processing, statistics, artificial intelligence or related field;

Strong programming skills;

Experience working on interdisciplinary teams;

Excellent written communication skills demonstrated by prior publications; and

Interest in working with interdisciplinary research teams.


Mentorship: Mentorship will provide postdoctoral scholars with multiple perspectives on their research and career guidance. The mentor will provide ongoing evaluation and advice through regular meetings, as well as opportunities to promote the scholar’s accomplishments in public forums.

Unique Datasets: Scholars will have privileged, unique access to large-scale datasets.

Cohort Program: The scholar will be part of the DSI postdoctoral program, a vibrant community where scholars can connect with members of their cohort, share knowledge, and gain insight through guest lectures, industry speakers, and other activities. Scholars will have autonomy and budget to select, host, and invite speakers, with support from DSI administrative staff.

Outreach and Impact: Scholars will have considerable opportunities to establish new relationships and translate their research into real world impact by leveraging our network of academic, civic, government, and industry connections.

Academia/Industry Ready: Experience gained during the program will help scholars prepare for diverse career paths from tenure-track academic positions to leadership opportunities within innovative companies.

Applications Should Include:

Curriculum vitae;

Research statement that outlines current research, research goals, and motivation for seeking a postdoctoral appointment at UChicago (maximum of 2 pages);

1-2 representative publications.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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