Boston University, The Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, and
College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Earth & Environment

4072 22121
Position ID:BU-CDS-EDSCHAIR [#22121]
Position Title: Endowed Chair in Environmental Data Science
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02215, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Computer Science / Big Data, Data Science, Machine Learning
Environmental Science & Engineering / Environmental Data Analytics
Computational Science and Engineering / Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data Sciences, Machine Learning
Environmental Science / Remote sensing, Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement
Data Science / Big Data, Machine Learning
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/07/18, finished 2023/11/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Boston University seeks to hire an endowed chair in Environmental Data Science, with specific focus on the theory and applications of data science to Environmental Science and Sustainability, to begin in the Fall 2023 semester pending Provost budgetary approval. The candidate we seek will be an exceptional scholar with a proven record of high-impact research at the interface of data science, environment, and sustainability. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed with tenure in Boston University’s Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences and in the Department of Earth and Environment. This position will anchor a cluster of new faculty and will support two key priorities in Boston University’s newly released strategic plan: Data Science and Sustainability. The successful candidate will provide significant guidance and leadership in recruiting a number of additional faculty members in this field.

Senior scholars focused on theoretical and applied computational and data-driven inquiry, with expertise in one or more areas of data science, broadly conceived, are encouraged to apply. Because of our focus on environmental systems, geospatial and spatiotemporal approaches to data science are of particular interest. Priority research and teaching foci include, but are not limited to the theory, methods, and computational tools for analyzing very large environmental data sets, including remote sensing data with high spatial, temporal or spectral resolution, sensor network data, and social or organizational data, with application to environmental and ecological monitoring and forecasting; energy and environmental policy analysis; coupled human and natural system modeling; integrated assessment models; or climate change projections, impacts, and adaptations. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a rich array of academic and research units engaged in environmental and sustainability research at Boston University including the Sustainability Research Institute, Center for Remote Sensing, BU Marine Program, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, BU Biogeosciences program, BU URBAN program, the BU Initiative on Cities, and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. They will also contribute to development of curricula and degree programs in environmental data science and sustainability at the undergraduate, professional Masters, and PhD level. Given Boston University's strategic investment in Data Science and Sustainability, the successful candidate will have excellent opportunities to translate theory and research results into real-world impact by collaborating with stakeholders at the local, national, and international scale. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements (including a statement on diversity and inclusion) to Informal queries may be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Mark Crovella ( and Michael Dietze (

Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. We are proud that we were the first American university to award a PhD to a woman and that Martin Luther King Jr. received his PhD here. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities, and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive, productively collaborate and learn, advance understanding and create new knowledge. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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Center for Computing & Data Sciences
665 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215