Utah State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: 553-ASSISTANTPROFESSOR [#16896, 2020-3160]
Position Title: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Data Science/Statistics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Logan, Utah 84322, United States [map]
Application Deadline: none (posted 2020/11/30)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Utah State University invites applications for one or more 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions with a starting date of August 1, 2021. The research area for this position is broadly data science with research and teaching strength in statistics. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in machine learning; analysis of massive, high dimensional and functional data; predictive analytics; data mining; data technologies; or statistical and data visualization.  

We seek a candidate who enhances the strengths of the Data Science and Statistics group (see https://math.usu.edu/research/). The Data Science and Statistics group is unique among universities in the region with faculty engaging in research at the cutting edge of modern computational statistics, statistical and data visualization, and data science. The group collaborates with scientists in biology, education, agriculture, ecology, economics and finance, engineering, physical and social science, and public health. 

Additionally, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Utah State University currently is seeking applicants for two tenure-track positions, in Mathematical Biology (with an emphasis in applied probability; see POSITION ANNOUCEMENT link for mathematical biology). USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career applicants and provides a Dual Career Assistance program, http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.  

The position will be approximately 50% research, 45% teaching and 5% service. Duties include establishing a strong independent research program in data science, teaching statistics at the undergraduate and graduate level, mentoring research students, and engaging with both data and disciplinary science researchers at Utah State University. Applicants must present evidence of existing accomplishments and potential in both research and teaching.

Minimum Qualifications 
  • Ph.D. in Data Science, Statistics, Biostatistics or a closely related field with evidence of potential for excellence in research. 
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching courses within the departmental Statistics curriculum at Utah State University (see USU General Catalog at https://catalog.usu.edu/ and course listings for STAT). 
  • Documented experience with computer and/or statistical languages such as (one or more of) R, Python, Julia, SAS, SQL, C++, or Javascript.  

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in interdisciplinary research with data scientists, statisticians and/or applied scientists in other disciplines. 
  • Potential to enhance the Data Science program at Utah State University in both instruction and curriculum development. 
  • Documented capacity to increase the diversity profile of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and College of Sciences, directly or indirectly. 
  • Experience in cloud computing.  

Applicants must apply electronically using USU’s online system


Required Documents

1. Cover letter which should address the following questions:

  •  How does the applicant’s research fit with existing Data Science and Statistics researchers in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics?
  •  What benefit to research and instruction in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics might the applicant’s own research and teaching expertise provide?

2.  Curriculum vitae (CV) to be uploaded to the candidate profile under “Resume”.

3.  Statement of research interests (see specific instructions below).

4.   Statement of teaching philosophy (see specific instructions below).

5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must appraise the applicant's teaching experience and potential.  Letters must be submitted via MathJobs.org (see instructions below).

Review of applications begins January 4, 2021, with the position open until filled. For more information, please contact:

Daniel Coster, Professor and Director of Statistics

Data Science/Statistics Search Committee Chair

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Email: dan.coster@usu.edu

Additional Document Submission Information

 All application materials except for reference letters must be provided through the USU Jobs sitehttps://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/3160/assistant-professor-in-data-science-statistics/job

Please upload the cover letter, research statement, and teaching statement into the Candidate Profile under “Other documents.” Each file should follow the naming convention: 

DATASCIENCE_[applicant last name]_[applicant first name]_file type

 (for example, the cover letter for an applicant named Mary Smith should be named “DATASCIENCE _Smith_Mary_CoverLetter”).  

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.** 

For letters of recommendation, applicants must request that their references submit confidential letters via MathJobs.org.  Reference letters should be uploaded at: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/16896

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is committed to delivering advanced quantitative and analytic skills for professionals in education, industry and research through classroom instruction as well as practical and research experiences. The department is one of the largest departments at USU, with over 45 faculty, 60 Master’s and PhD students, and 300 undergraduate majors. Members of the Data Science and Statistics group have obtained outside funding to support their research, including interdisciplinary NSF funding with colleagues at USU. USU’s Research Office makes significant investments in faculty development, including startup packages, faculty seed grants, and proposal development assistance.


Utah State University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and public lands. See more about Logan at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/


USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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Further Info:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Utah State University
3900 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3900

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