Carnegie Mellon University

Open Positions in the Department of Social & Decision Sciences

Tenure Track Position in Complex Social Dynamics, Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Tenure track Assistant Professor position (start date Fall 2025). The Department of Social & Decision Science (SDS) seeks candidates with research focused in areas related to cognitive science, computational social science, or complex social systems, with the potential for pioneering advancements in the study of higher cognitive functions and/or real world behaviors. Of particular interest are candidates whose research connects to other research areas within SDS (judgment and decision making, behavioral economics). Candidates should have a Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. Candidates should have a core interest in pursuing frontier social science research topics using appropriate methodologies (including modern computational or data analytic techniques when appropriate).  The successful candidate will teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Department of Social & Decision Science and Carnegie Mellon University has been at the forefront of computational social science and behavioral decision research for over seventy years and hosts a renowned faculty.  In addition to Ph.D. programs in Behavioral Decision Research, Cognitive Decision Science, and Behavioral Economics, SDS offers unique undergraduate majors in Decision Science, Behavioral Economics, and Policy & Management. The newly formed Institute for Complex Social Dynamics brings together researchers in this area from across campus. CMU also houses other interdisciplinary centers including the AI Institute for Societal Decision Making and the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research.

Carnegie Mellon University is a private, global research university of approximately 14,000 students that offers unmatched opportunities for interdisciplinary work.

The Department of Social & Decision Sciences is committed to building a diverse faculty. We believe that diversity of researchers, of research questions, and of research populations improves our field and our department. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and/or from researchers whose work involves these populations. We also work actively to meet the needs of dual-career couples. Carnegie Mellon offers competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive and highly livable urban environment.

Application review will begin on November 15, 2024.

Applicants should submit:

  • CV
  • Research Statement (3-4 pages)
  • Teaching Statement (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity Statement (optional, 1-2 pages)
  • At least 1 and up to 3 papers or manuscripts
  • 3 letters of reference

The teaching statement should present your approach to teaching and mentoring and describe the courses you have taught or would like to teach as well as any previous mentoring experience.  SDS is committed to providing excellent undergraduate and doctoral teaching and recognizes that many new faculty do not have previous teaching experience. CMU is home to the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation which provides paramount pedagogical resources for faculty of all levels.

The optional diversity statement should discuss your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through your research, teaching and mentoring, your service, or your lived experience, including both your activities to date and your future plans and goals. The diversity statement may overlap with your research or teaching statements.

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Questions can be addressed to the head of the department, Gretchen Chapman.

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