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Open Rank Research Professor - NetSI Boston

May 2, 2023
Network Science Institute
Boston, MA

About the opportunity:

Northeastern University is pleased to announce a Research Faculty position in Network Science. The positions are non-tenured and open rank - including Assistant, Associate and Full Research Professor. The Research Faculty will be a core member of the Network Science Institute, and appointed in one or more of Northeastern’s academic departments, commensurate with background and expertise. The Research Faculty will be responsible for building an independent research program and participate in the Institute’s research and mentorship efforts. This position is intended to support transition into research independence. It is expected therefore to gradually move from fully, hard-funded support to a salary largely funded through soft-funded, external awards over the course of 3 years. The Research Faculty will have the opportunity to participate in the doctoral student admissions process and supervise students in the network science doctoral program.

Research focus should be aligned and/or synergistic with the Institute’s current research programs, and substantively contribute to applied or theoretical research in the fields of network science, complexity science, computational epidemiology, social networks or computational social sciences. Successful applicants will have an expertise in network science or a related field, with relevant publications and a track record obtaining extramural funds. Applicants should have a strong understanding of the mathematical, statistical, and theoretical tools used to study complex networks, and ability to process and analyze datasets that represent complex dynamical systems. Candidates should be familiar with statistical inference, network modeling, and machine learning techniques and have fluency in the common scientific programming languages, such as Python, R, Julia, Matlab.

About the Network Science Institute:

The Network Science Institute is a world-class research and training Institute dedicated to creating synergy and bridging communities across disciplines. NetSI has its central office in Boston MA at 177 Huntington Ave, and additional hub sites forming across Northeastern’s satellite campuses including London and Portland, Maine.  As a core Network Science Institute member, the Research Faculty will have office space and usage of the NetSI classroom, lecture space and conference rooms, as well as dedicated high performance computing, seed grants, active speaker-visiting scholar series, and professional development coaching.

The Network Science Institute is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and as such, recognize the strength that diversity in all its forms brings to research endeavors. We seek candidates who share these values, who are willing to work with and learn from people across a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, who are committed to open science and reproducibility, and who pride in their scientific integrity. We enthusiastically welcome qualified applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


  • Develop an independent research program centered around network science, complexity science, social networks or computational social sciences, in applied or theoretical topics relevant to Network Science Institute.
  • Gradually forge the way to research independence, moving from full support to a salary primarily funded through external awards over the course of 3 years. The initial term of this renewable appointment may not exceed three years from the date of hiring. The expectation is that this role will be supported by external funding by that time. If the Research Faculty receive external salary support during the initial three-year period, an amount equal to the externally received salary may be applied to the salary after this period. Such funds may be carried forward for up to five years.
  • Publish research findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and present research at conferences and workshops.
  • Prepare grant proposals, obtains sponsored funds for research
  • Supervise post-docs, and graduate students; provide mentorship and training opportunities.
  • Present research and participate on hiring and strategic committees, as needed.


  • PhD or another terminal degree in social, biological, information or physical science field by the appointment start date.
  • Demonstrated track record of scholarly achievement in relevant areas, with commensurate publication and research funding history, appropriate for appointment rank.
  • Ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary research teams and build relationships with external partners.
  • Excellent communication skills across diverse audiences and settings.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Research Statement: The research statement should include a clearly articulated description of the proposed research for the period to be spent at the Institute (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Statement: The DEI statement should contain a thoughtful and practical reflection on how to contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of scientific collaboration. (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae: Your complete CV should generally cover this requirement. Please note that the list of publications should only include publications that are published or in press. Also, please do not include reprints or any other materials as they will not be included in your file for review.
  • References: Please provide the names of at least two colleagues or mentors/ supervisors who will be able to provide letters of recommendation.

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