Urban Science Faculty Fellows

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the service of urban communities across the globe. Using New York City as our laboratory and classroom, we strive to develop novel data- and technology-driven solutions to advance our understanding of cities and help address the complex challenges they face. CUSP’s research and educational initiatives focus on high-impact areas such as climate change and resiliency, improving public health, designing modern urban infrastructure, and promoting the ethical and equitable design, collection, and deployment of data and technology in cities.

To benefit the city and other partners, NYU CUSP’s research is both mission- and impact- oriented. We develop and integrate data analytics and technologies to specific ends and for the common good, such as increasing participation from individuals of diverse abilities in urban life, and informing timely responses to environmental risks. Our interdisciplinary research teams bring together experts in computer and data science; civil, electrical, environmental, biomedical and mechanical engineering; design and interactive technologies; and the social sciences.


We seek faculty fellow applicants with a strong academic record to join CUSP and advance the mission stated above. Successful applicants are expected to work on interdisciplinary projects to contribute to both methods and foundational knowledge in their core disciplines, as well as to novel data- and technology-driven applications. Ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of or interest in conducting multi-disciplinary research with potential broad impact for urban communities 
  • Strong publication record
  • Experience and/or interest in teaching and mentoring
  • Interest in writing grants and establishing a record of externally funded research
  • Outreach experience (with stakeholders, city agencies, community) and transitioning research into practice is encouraged, but not required.

Applicants must identify at least two CUSP core or affiliated faculty members who would serve as mentors. The applicants’ proposed research must span areas of expertise. Successful applicants will be expected to start new projects and collaborations and/or engage in existing projects with faculty. CUSP’s strategic areas of focus are our public health; climate change and resiliency/sustainability; modern infrastructure; and fairness, privacy and equity in urban tech and data science. Our methodological areas of interest include (a) data science, (b) ML/AI and robotics; (c) sensing and IoT; and (d) modeling and complex systems. We encourage applications in this wide range of areas and also in other relevant areas in urban science domains.


Responsibilities of the Urban Science Faculty Fellows position are to conduct groundbreaking research both independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams; contribute to existing projects under the supervision of sponsoring faculty, and start new projects and research collaborations as appropriate; participate in the development of funded research proposals; build bridges between CUSP and other Tandon/NYU labs, groups, and centers; publish in top venues in smart cities, urban science, and/or their fields of specialization; contribute to scholarly life at CUSP through the organization of seminars, mentoring of students and other service; and teach a maximum of two courses per academic year.

Urban Science Faculty Fellows are full-time, non-tenured positions for two years, with annual appointments renewed based on satisfactory performance. The positions will be based at CUSP’s state of the art facility in Brooklyn. The starting salary is $75k/year with competitive benefits, plus funds for travel and professional development. The expected start date is September 1, 2022.


Doctoral degree in a relevant field (granted by the start of the position), and an active agenda of research and publication with a strong focus on smart cities, urban science, or other areas with potential for direct application to cities. A record of transitioning research into practice, particularly as applied to critical urban challenges, is desirable.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following as part of the application package:

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement (1 page): The document should describe how this position contributes to the applicant’s future career. It should also describe your commitment to diversity, and teaching and mentoring style.
  • Statement of research interests (two pages): This document should describe your research interests and plans at CUSP. It should also highlight how the applicant’s previous research prepared the applicant to conduct the proposed investigation. The statement should also mention the names of one or more core or affiliated faculty members from CUSP. The applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the potential mentors beforehand to verify you have substantial intellectual overlap.
  • Contact information for two references; the search committee will reach out to recommendation letter writers at a later date.

Applications received by June 1st, 2022, will receive full consideration. Any questions may be directed to Luis Ceferino.

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