Mathematics, University of Tennessee

Position ID: UTK-CLUH [#11206]
Position Title: Full or Associate Professor
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1320, United States [map]
Subject Area: Analysis of Data
Application Deadline: 2017/12/01 (posted 2017/10/30, listed until 2018/04/30)
Position Description:    

The Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee seeks letters of interest for open-rank leadership positions in an anticipated cluster hire related to analysis of data.

****Update: As of 2/2/18 the process is moving forward. ORNL has expressed interest in building capacity in certain areas of mathematics related to analysis of data and we anticipate that a search for leadership positions will be authorized in the next few weeks. When that happens, this posting will be replaced with a posting written by the Provost's Office.

The cluster hire was recently announced by the new Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Beverly Davenport. Details are currently under development by a campus-level task force, but there is a possibility that proposals will be approved in time for hiring of some (especially higher rank) faculty in January-February 2018. The Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee would like to be prepared to write a successful proposal in this short period of time. In order to do so, we seek letters of interest from higher-rank potential faculty as well as applications for anticipated assistant professor positions. Those seeking assistant professor positions should apply to our advertisement for positions at that level. Higher-rank faculty should submit a CV and letter of interest in response to this advertisement; other materials are welcome but not required. Interest in higher-rank positions in the cluster hire will be kept confidential outside of the proposal and hiring committees. This advertisement will be updated to reflect new developments.

The Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee is probably the department on campus best suited to frame a successful cluster hire in data analysis. The department has strengths in analysis, algebra and number theory, computational and applied mathematics, geometry/topology, mathematical biology, PDE, and probability/statistics. The department has close connections to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with several joint faculty, including Clayton Webster, Head of the Mathematics Department at ORNL. Department faculty also have strong connections to the UT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS), Materials Science and Engineering Department, Business Analytics and Statistics Department, and three departments in biological sciences. The department also has faculty associated with the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). Among all departments on the campus that were ranked by the National Research Council, the Mathematics Department has the highest percentile ranking, and has an increasingly nationally competitive research program.

The clusters are anticipated to consist of two higher ranked faculty, four Assistant Professors, and six GRA positions. While the timeline is still being discussed by the task force, the Mathematics Department has suggested hiring higher rank faculty first, perhaps this year, and involving them in the process of hiring junior faculty and GRAs, either this year or next. The Mathematics Department is exploring proposals involving 3-4 positions in Mathematics including at least one full professor, 2-3 positions in two other departments.

The ideal higher-rank candidates to lead this cluster are Full or Associate Professors with an internationally recognized record of research focused on the development of mathematical foundations for enabling next-generation computational methods broadly applicable to the analysis of data. Candidates should be prepared to rapidly engage with ORNL and its facilities, which have the capacity for extreme-scale computing. Campus administration expects clusters to seek significant funding, and a demonstrated history of high-level funding is required of higher-rank candidates.

Letters of interest should describe how the candidate’s research interests would build on existing strengths in the University of Tennessee Mathematics Department and mesh with research activities at ORNL. Candidates are welcome to suggest junior-level researchers who would fit in well with their research vision and encourage them to apply for the possible assistant professor positions associated with the cluster. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is the flagship university in the Tennessee state higher education system. In recent years, the Department of Mathematics has steadily increased its research prominence both within the University and in the larger mathematical community. The Department and University are fiscally sound, with merit raises having been offered the last six years in a row. In the last five years, the department has funded 99% of all requests by faculty for travel funds to give an invited presentation (when not already fully funded by a grant or the host). The department has seven individual seminars that receive $4000 annually for speakers, a $15-20K fund for short-term visitors, and a fully-funded weekly colloquium. Each year the department hosts the Barrett Lectures, one of the most prestigious annual mathematics conferences in the southeastern US, which in recent years has always received external support, including NSF funding 90% of the time.

Knoxville is a diverse medium-sized city in the Tennessee Valley of East Tennessee with a relatively low cost of living. The state of Tennessee is in strong fiscal condition, and the university has provided salary increases for six consecutive years.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

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Mathematics Department
227 Ayres Hall
1403 Circle Drive
Knoxville TN 37996-1320

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