22 January 2018
Lancaster’s Data Science Institute now comprises one of Europe’s strongest and most diverse single-institution data science communities, with over 260 members (including over 100 faculty in 15 departments).

In addition to a flourishing research programme we also support a graduate programme in Data Science, and are exploring options to help deliver undergraduate data science material. The Data Science Institute has a joint focus on both the development of fundamental Data Science theory and methods, and the application of Data Science within various disciplines. Theme areas include the Foundations of Data Science, Data and Society, Health, Environment and Sustainability together with cross-cutting activity in Security, Privacy and Trust in Data.

For 2018 we welcome new membership applications from academic staff and graduate students. Membership of the institute indicates a commitment to engage with DSI’s aims and objectives, undertaking research aligned to the institute’s goals and participating in institute activities. This includes a willingness to work with other institute members across traditional discipline boundaries, including the development of new proposals for research funding. For details of some of the benefits that becoming a member of DSI brings, please see https://lancaster.box.com/s/mm6uf72smwuhd7p4ipll2giwhg9ufnj5.

To apply, please send a short CV (any format is fine – we aren’t looking to create work for anyone) and a brief summary of your data science related activities. Prior to applying please discuss this with your head of department or supervisor if applicable. Specific aspects we will seek include:

  • A track record of high quality publications closely aligned to DSI’s objectives or theme areas.
  • A track record of or, in the case of early career academics potential for, grant funding in a DSI area.
  • Demonstrable interest in engaging with DSI’s agenda and other researchers; including collaboration, mentorship and advice to colleagues.
  • A commitment to impact and external collaboration.

As a reminder, membership of the University’s research institutes is entirely compatible with membership of departmental or faculty research groups and centres, and all research funds obtained by DSI flow directly into departments. Membership of the institute will normally be for three years in the first instance, with the potential for renewal thereafter. Many of our existing members are not from traditional data science disciplines and we are happy to discuss with potential new members how their work might align with the institute's areas of activity.

If you have questions about the application, please contact Nigel Davies or Idris Eckley via dsi@lancaster.ac.uk. If you would like to be kept informed of DSI’s activities without becoming a member please subscribe to our newsletter by sending an email to dsi@lancaster.ac.uk with the Subject Title: Newsletter Subscription.

Initial applications should be received no later than 28th February and sent to dsi@lancaster.ac.uk with the Subject Title: 2018 Application to join DSI.