Assistant Director, Career Advising, Data Science and Analytics

Anticipated Hiring Range: $55,000 - $65,000

The Data Science Institute (DSI) and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the University of Virginia, seeks an Assistant Director of Career Advising to lead initiatives in support of students who are interested in data science and advanced analytics careers. Consistent with the mission and vision of the DSI and SEAS, the Assistant Director develops and maintains collaborative relationships with primary constituent groups, including but not limited to, career services affiliate offices, students, faculty and staff, employers, parents, and alumni. This position will report to the Associate Director for Career Connections and Community Engagement and will serve as a part of the DSI and SEAS Center for Career Development teams. Some evening and weekend work is required. 

A Master's Degree is required as are at least two years of relevant work experience. Knowledge of career planning, consultation, resume writing, and job search strategies is essential. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills are required as is the ability to advise students at all stages of career development. Applicants must have the ability to work independently as well as a part of team, and demonstrate the ability to work in a diverse environment serving constituents from a wide variety of backgrounds. Proficiency in Microsoft office is also required. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate an ability to adapt to change in a fast-paced environment. Working knowledge of career assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Career Leader, Clifton Strengths, FOCUS2, etc is highly preferred.

Knowledge of trends in career development, economy, effective interventions, technology, and higher education networks is highly desired. 

** This is a term limited position until June 30, 2020. Continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. ** 

To apply visit and search for posting #0623847. Complete a Staff Application online, attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The posting will remain open until filled. 

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Ashley Cochran, Academic Recruiter at

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  

To apply, visit UVA Jobs and search for Posting Number 0623847.

Event Planner

The University of Virginia Data Science Institute (DSI) is educating data scientists, undertaking leading-edge research and collaborating with private and government sectors as part of a virtuous cycle to take us into a better, brighter future.

The Event Planner will have responsibility for acting as an ambassador to the on-Grounds and regional community, operationalizing DSI goals via events programming, and performing all aspects of event planning, including developing and monitoring budgets, confirming and managing venue vendors, negotiating all financial commitments for events, and ensuring delivery of services by outside vendors. 

Reporting to the Associate Director for Operations and Strategic Initiatives, the Event Planner has primary responsibility for coordinating all pre-, on-site, and post-event logistics, including developing clear and consistent planning documentation, maintaining ongoing contact with all stakeholders, conveying the appropriate timeline to internal and external event partners, managing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment, providing strong leadership and direction for event constituents, and reporting results and recommendations for future events. The Event Planner will also seek out new programming opportunities and contact potential speakers and reimagine current programming. S/he will be an integral part of the planning committee and setting vision for our existing events and new events that are developed. 

The Event Planner will serve as the primary contact for providing information and leadership on events programming and planning, and is expected to be a flexible, enthusiastic strategist comfortable working with a variety of constituents and making independent decisions in an ambiguous and fast-paced environment. 

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  


Associate Director for Research Development

The Data Science Institute (DSI) of the University of Virginia (UVA) is seeking an Associate Director for Research Development to lead the development of a nationally and internationally recognized research program in data science. The DSI is already recognized for its innovative Masters in Data Science (MSDS) program operated within the first pan-University institute at UVA. This position reports directly to DSI Director, Philip E. Bourne, PhD, who recently joined the DSI to lead a major expansion of activities as UVA celebrates its bicentennial. 

The DSI is on a path of rapid growth with the development of an online version of the MSDS, certificate programs and joint degrees. It is also expanding its research activities through the hiring of an innovative and energetic team of faculty who will lead PhD programs and research initiatives in collaboration with the eleven UVA schools spanning all areas of academic endeavor. Faculty are both tenured and non-tenured, and have both 100% DSI appointments and partial appointments with the DSI and UVA schools. 

The successful candidate will play a major role in developing the overall research direction of the DSI and oversee the portfolio of research funding and non-sponsored investments in research. S/he will work with faculty on identification of funding opportunities, proposal development, and vision and strategic research priorities. This position will join the ResearchNET group at UVA, a central team of research development professionals from various schools working jointly and collaboratively across Grounds on major interdisciplinary areas. Strategic focus of this position will include developing the needed research infrastructure, including an Open Data Lab and a variety of research programs including, but not limited to: 

  • Machine Learning and Analytics 
  • Data Visualization 
  • Data Integration and Engineering 
  • Data Acquisition and Dissemination 
  • Data Ethics, Law, Policy and Social Implications 

An ideal candidate would be experienced and comfortable working in a highly interdisciplinary research setting. The DSI research emphasis is on applying data science techniques to a broad range of societal issues with the goal of translating research into action. As such, interaction with the private and government sectors is a key part of the DSI research enterprise. 

The successful candidate will have experience in building a research enterprise. They may or may not have their own funded research program and may be expected to teach (as time allows) in the DSI's expanding education program. 

Applicants will be evaluated on: 

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead one or more research programs 
  • Demonstrated ability to help write grants and contracts and to manage successful applications 
  • Demonstrated grasp of data science as a distinctive interdisciplinary field 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the private sector on collaborative research initiatives 
  • Domain expertise in a field with connections to data science 

Data Journalist/Content Creator

The UVA Data Science Institute is looking for an undergraduate rising second year or rising third year student with an interest in journalism, and data science and analytics. The position will include writing assigned pieces as well as developing stories independently, and working with graduate and Ph.D. students, administrators, and faculty to discover and share the exciting data science research and academics happening within the institute and across Grounds.

Desirable candidates will be self-directed, intellectually curious, affable, and dependable, with excellent writing and storytelling skills. This position will start at 10 hours/week and $15/hour, with the possibility for more hours depending on needs and performance. This position is eligible for federal work-study.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Produce assigned and independently sourced content for the DSI website, DSI newsletters, University Communications, and external media outlets

  • Source art and graphics for content as needed

  • Copyedit content produced by DSI Communications as needed/time allows

  • Load content to DSI website as needed/time allows

Application Procedure:
Submit by 5pm Wednesday, January 31:

  • A cover letter highlighting your skills and interests

  • A resume

  • Names and contact information for three academic or professional references familiar with your work ethic and writing ability

  • 3 writing samples that demonstrate your ability to research, write and tell compelling, concise stories. These should be original work and can be work published by a media outlet or work submitted for a course.

  • A story pitch based on current DSI research (research project proposals can be found here and here), including a sample one to two sentence lead, potential sources, and ideas for art/graphics.

Applicant should email materials to


The University of Virginia (UVA), as part of a collaboration between the University Library and the Data Science Institute (DSI), is seeking a Wikimedian to further the University's engagement with open data and knowledge.  The person in this position will design programs, lead workshops, consult, and organize outreach activities and events in order to: raise awareness across the institution of the value of Wikimedia platforms; increase UVA’s presence across Wikimedia platforms; further UVA’s objectives with regards to data literacy, with a special focus on open data; and help evaluate the impact of these efforts on UVA’s open data initiatives.

The person in this position will design programs, lead workshops, consult, and organize outreach activities and events in order to: raise awareness across the institution of the value of Wikimedia platforms; increase UVA’s presence across Wikimedia platforms; further UVA’s objectives with regards to data literacy, with a special focus on open data; and help evaluate the impact of these efforts on UVA’s open data initiatives.

With Supervisory Guidance:

  • Design programs of instruction.
  • Do high-level event planning

Without Supervisory Guidance:

  • Conduct training sessions
  • Perform outreach to members of the UVA community.