Rice University has undertaken a university-wide initiative to increase both the quantity and quality of data-driven knowledge-discovery at Rice. The Data Science Initiative, funded at roughly $45 million, is part of the University’s recently announced $150 million investment in research excellence. The Data Science Initiative will (1) bring new data scientists to Rice as tenure-track faculty members, (2) support collaboration-building activities for Rice’s existing data-science community, and (3) develop educational offerings in data science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
As part of the initiative, Rice expects to hire between six and ten new faculty members over the next three years. Applications are being accepted at all ranks for employment as early as July 1, 2017.
Rice University is well placed to capitalize on the data-rich resources of the United States’ fourth largest city. Rice is across the street from the world’s largest medical center. Rice has long ties to Houston’s major industries, its school districts, and its civic organizations. Rice has a data-sharing arrangement with the City of Houston and works with city, county, and regional organizations on a variety of problems including urban flooding, air quality and health, education policy, and many more.