Research Scientist- Data Science Institute

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Job posting number: #7072722

Posted: December 2, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The University of Virginia (UVA) has announced plans to establish a School of Data Science, an effort made possible in part by the largest private gift in the institution’s 200-year history. The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science. It builds on a foundation set in place at UVA by the Data Science Institute (DSI), a pan-University institute established in 2013 that grants graduate degrees and has a dual mission in education and research. The new School of Data Science proposes to ultimately offer both doctoral and undergraduate degree programs and certificate programs, helping to meet soaring demand for qualified data science professionals in a field that plays a key role in the global information-based economy.
To realize the new School of Data Science vision, UVA seeks applicants for multiple Research Scientist positions to perform research on projects related to deep learning and imaging, and to develop new methods and algorithms that use deep learning.

Candidates must have a Master’s of Science or equivalent degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, or related disciplines. Candidates must also have expertise in supervised and unsupervised learning methods, preferably using deep learning methods including convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, autoencoders, and adversarial learning. Candidates must be proficient in programming using python and associated machine learning libraries and packages and have experience in the application of machine learning techniques to image data.

In addition, candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to present at professional meetings. The ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students on multiple projects along with the PI and faculty members in the DSI is required.

Positions are one year with the possibility of renewal, based on funding and satisfactory performance.

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for ‘Research Scientist – Data Science Institute. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

For information about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin at

Before a formal offer of employment is extended selected candidates will undergo a background check per University policy.

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