The School of Arts and Sciences’ Data Driven Discovery Initiative (DDD) is pleased to announce the 2022 Call for Proposals for data science postdoctoral fellowships.

DDD will support the hiring of outstanding postdoctoral fellows in the natural and social sciences with expertise in data science. The support will be in the form of partial (up to 50 percent) salary support for up to 3 years. We intend to support 4-6 postdocs across SAS. These postdocs could either already be at Penn or they could be new hires.

We have additional funding for post-docs co-supervised by SAS and Wharton faculty. Note in your application materials whether the post-doc has research interests spanning SAS and Wharton and which faculty members would be supervising from SAS and Wharton.

The ideal candidate would have expertise in their own discipline as well as the modern methodology of machine learning and statistics. They would have a faculty advisor and a possible co-advisor in a separate department. They would benefit from the activities of DDD, including seminars, lunch-time faculty talks and discussions, and interactions with students and postdocs across SAS with overlapping interests. They would help organize some of these activities and spend up to 1 day per week at a shared work space on campus. Their data science activities would be synergistic with their research.

A committee of SAS faculty will be responsible for selecting the postdocs. For existing postdocs, a standard application may be submitted – consisting of a CV, research statement and three reference letters that highlight their data science expertise. For new hires, any faculty member who wishes to advertise would: (a) include language about the DDD initiative and data science expertise in their ad, (b) let us know of their hiring plan and timing, (c) when they make a shortlist, share the folders of candidates with data science skills with the selection committee. The committee would then make a selection prior to making the offer, so the faculty member knows they can count on partial funding from DDD. The data science opportunities may also help attract promising candidates.

The first round of postdoc fellows will be selected by a DDD committee from the applications submitted by January 31, 2023

Expressions of interest and questions may be emailed to