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Call for Expressions of Interest: interdisciplinary hires and visiting program

Following the award of a Department of Excellence Grant from the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research, the Institutes of Economics and Management of the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies are planning an interdisciplinary cluster hire and a visiting faculty program focused on methodology and applications of contemporary “Big Data” analysis in the Social Sciences.

For the interdisciplinary cluster hire, we seek candidates at the associate professor level in Econometrics and Statistics, and candidates at the assistant professor level (tenure track) in Computer Science. Of particular interest are candidates in Econometrics with expertise in time series modeling and techniques for longitudinal Big Data; candidates in Statistics with expertise in the analysis of Big Data related to public health and health care systems evaluation; and candidates in Computer Science with expertise in Big Data management, massive computing techniques and large simulation models.

For the visiting faculty program, we seek candidates at all levels, whose research focuses on Big data analysis in the Social Sciences. These individuals will spend periods ranging from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months at the School to pursue collaborative projects and offer special topics courses in our graduate programs.

All candidates must have a strong record of research and teaching, with clear promise of academic leadership, an ability to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries and, ideally, international experience. They will join the nationally and internationally recognized faculty of the School, pursuing Big Data-enabled research on (i) innovation and the 4th industrial revolution; (ii) industrial dynamics, firm competitiveness and financial markets; (iii) evolutionary, agent- and network-based economic modeling; and (iv) social and environmental sustainability, particularly as it relates to health care management and the economic correlates of climate change.

In a recent research quality evaluation conducted in Italy (VQR 2011-2014), the Institutes of Economics and Management ranked, respectively, 3rd and 8th among departmental units in their disciplinary area, and the School ranked 2nd among universities. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the School ranked 1st in Italy, 155th worldwide and 9th among small universities. In addition to our renowned undergraduate and Master-level programs, we have well established PhD programs in Economics and Management. Starting in 2017-18, in consortium with the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the University of Pisa, the National Research Council and the IMT School for Advanced Studies of Lucca, we also offer a novel PhD program in Data Science.

With three schools for advanced studies, a large public university and many other public and private scientific hubs, Pisa offers an outstanding research environment – as well as a very rich cultural scene and excellent quality of life, in the heart of the historic heritage and natural beauty of the Tuscany region. Pisa has an international airport, and high-speed railroad connections to Rome, Milan and several other Italian cities.

Interested individuals should send inquiries to embeds@santannapisa.it, including a cover letter motivating their interest, a CV, a description of current research (3-page maximum) and one of teaching activities (1-page maximum). All correspondence and expressions of interest will be kept strictly confidential, and inquiries received before June 30, 2018 will be given highest priority. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required, but the ability to teach in English is mandatory. The School guarantees equal gender opportunities in recruitment and career, and welcomes applications from women.

More information can be found at the EMbeDS site, http://embeds.santannapisa.it .

Disclaimer: this is not yet a job vacancy advertisement. Based on the expressions of interest for the interdisciplinary cluster hire, the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies will determine whether or not to offer positions, their number and the type of selection procedure (i.e. a public competition, pursuant art. 18 of the Italian Law 240/2010, or a direct call, pursuant Italian Law 230/2005).