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Open Rank (Tenured or Tenure Track) Professor of Political Science

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position for faculty whose substantive research interests are informed by, or inform the development of, data-intensive or computationally-intensive techniques to begin in Fall 2015. We encourage applications at all ranks but are especially interested in candidates with exceptional records of accomplishment. We seek candidates with substantive research agendas that supplement existing areas of specialization within the Department of Political Science which include authoritarian regimes, legislative politics, representation, judicial politics, interest groups, political behavior, political economy and conflict ( We particularly welcome candidates who conduct data-intensive political science research involving large or complex data (including text, networks, intensive spatial or longitudinal data, image or video, government or commercial microdata, digital archives, social media or other web-scale sources) or computationally-intensive techniques (including statistical or machine learning, parallel or distributed computing, Bayesian or other simulation approaches to data analysis, data collection through mobile or distributed devices, crowdsourcing or related human-in-the loop computation, real-time data collection and forecasting, visual analytics, agent-based modeling or related computational approaches to theory development).  This search is part of a Penn State CyberScience cluster hire in computation and data-enabled science and engineering (see Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in collaborating with colleagues across disciplines engaged in Penn State’s CyberScience Initiative and contributing to the training and education missions of the NSF IGERT in Big Data Social Science and proposed degree programs in Social Data Analytics. Faculty positions at Penn State involve substantial research support; in addition, junior positions offer significant release time. Candidates should have a record of publication in high-quality venues, external funding, and quality teaching credentials.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. in hand by appointment date. Application review will begin on October 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, samples of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (with a key) at All candidates should request letters from three references to be sent directly to .

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