Tyler Derr - Openings

Tyler is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the EECS Department, faculty affiliate in the Data Science Institute, and faculty fellow in the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University. He is looking for PhD students who are interested in pursuing data mining and machine learning research, especially in social network analysis, graph neural networks, and data science for social good. Master's and undergraduate students within VU and self-funded visiting students/scholars are also welcome to apply. Possible postdoc opportunity as well, so please reach out if interested. We especially encourage applicants who are members of underrepresented groups including those who identify as neurodivergent.

Research Interests

data mining, network anlaysis, social computing, graph neural networks, graph mining, machine learning, network measures and models, data science for social good (e.g., education, health, political science, and autism research)


If you are interested in a position, please feel free to contact Tyler at: tyler (dot) derr (at) vanderbilt (dot) edu. Below are some suggestions when contacting via email:


  • Use a subject line as follows: NDS Lab Open Position {$YourName}

    • e.g., if I were applying for a position I would use the subject ‘‘NDS Lab Open Position Tyler Derr’’

  • Provide a few sentences to introduce yourself and express your interest in the position

  • Attach your CV/Resume

    • including your GPA/ranking, publications/research experience, etc.

  • The following are optional (if applicable):

    • GRE/TOEFL scores, previous transcripts, etc.

Additionally, I would kindly suggest you read the following related article before writing your email: Advice for Prospective Research Students

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you