Programmer: “Computational Creativity”

We seek outstanding candidates for programmer positions in the emerging domain of computational creativity at the University of Chicago. Programmers will use computational approaches to analyze creativity in technical, product and artistic domains, then construct models that generate “creative” solutions. Working under the supervision of James Evans at the University of Chicago and Dashun Wang at IBM Research.

Programmers will be associated with Knowledge Lab ( in the Computation Institute ( at the University of Chicago ( and supervised by James Evans at the University of Chicago and Dashun Wang at IBM Research. Opportunities will exist for collaborations with other computational scientists at IBM Research and the University of Chicago. Positions are for 2-3 years, contingent on annual reappointment.

Our aim is to apply generative probabilistic models, network science, machine learning and/or other formal approaches to the following broad challenges: (1) analysis of how creativity happens through the analysis of large-scale datasets, including but not limited to, patents, scientific publications, product specifications, and artistic projects (e.g., paintings, recipes); (2) develop models that predict these creative products as well as their success and impact; and (3) simulate and predict new and promising possibilities through alternative specifications of objectives and model assumptions.

Applicants are expected to have strong quantitative skills. Experience in machine learning is a plus. The programmer will have the opportunity to work with post-docs, researchers and students in the computational sciences (e.g., machine learning, computational linguistics, applied math) as well as the social sciences.

Programmers of all levels and backgrounds may apply; compensation will reflect experience. Special consideration will be given to those with significant professional programming experience, or an advanced degree in computer science, informatics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines; a record of successful teamwork and collaboration. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must submit to 1) cover letter, describing your interest in and qualifications for pursuing interdisciplinary research; 2) resume; 3) contact information for three or more employers or clients who know your work and are willing to write letters of reference; 4) one or more examples of working software you have written (through Github). Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

Positions can begin immediately. Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits plan and assistance with relocation to Chicago.