Computational Social Science (Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure-track)

The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position in computational social science, as an Assistant or Associate Professor.

An ideal candidate will be a Sociologist offering intellectual leadership in this exciting new area of scholarship. Candidates should explain how they can help to further develop computational social science research and training within Sociology at UBC. All candidates should be engaged in methodologically advanced work with “big” or innovative data structures and show an ability and interest in training students in computational methods.

The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2021. We expect applicants to have a Ph.D. in sociology or a cognate social science discipline at the time of appointment and a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. For information about the Department, visit:

We ask interested individuals to submit the following online at:

  • a CV;
  • a detailed cover letter describing their interest in the position with a strong emphasis on their research achievements, longer term aims in the field, and their fit with the department;
  • a separate one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching evaluation scores/reports, sample course materials, examples of curriculum development, etc.);
  • and three sample publications.

Candidates at the Assistant Professor level should also request to have three referees send confidential reference letters while candidates at the Associate Professor level may request these letters to be sent after notification of their inclusion on the long list. Referee letters should be sent to soci.head(at) while indicating both the search area, “Computational social science,” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2020. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Interviews will most likely be conducted remotely. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of British Columbia is a globally-acclaimed institution that ranks among the top 30 universities in the world. We rank in the top two Sociology departments in Canada. The university is situated in Vancouver, which is routinely included in lists of the top five most livable cities in the world. It is renowned for its mild year-round climate, innovative urban design, emphasis on the environment and sustainability, extensive cultural and cosmopolitan offerings, ethnic diversity, and spectacular natural beauty set among the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. The UBC Vancouver campus is on the traditional, unceeded territory of the Musqueam people.