Utah State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Discrete Mathematics/Combinatorics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Logan, Utah 84322, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: finished (2021/10/20, finished 2022/08/27, listed until 2022/02/21)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Discrete Mathematics or Combinatorics with a starting date of August 1, 2022.  Preference will be given to candidates who show interest in, or demonstrate ability in, applied discrete mathematics or combinatorics that could be useful in building data-science-related interdisciplinary collaborations with computer scientists, mathematical biologists, or scientists working in areas like cyber security or network analysis. Also sought is a discrete mathematician or combinatorist willing to build a synergistic and vertically integrated research experience for the Department’s undergraduate and graduate students.


Duties include establishing a strong, independent research program in Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics, actively participating in the Department’s research and mentoring experiences for its undergraduate and graduate students, collaborating with other USU researchers, and engaging in the Department’s efforts to create a novel and attractive Data Science program. Teaching duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics, including the creation of said courses for regular offering, and other mathematics courses as assigned.

Utah State University has a great environment for interdisciplinary research, with a history of innovative interdisciplinary education and grantsmanship. Applicants from groups underrepresented in Mathematics and Statistics are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate may choose to participate in the USU College of Science’s JEDI Collaboratory, a mentoring and collaborative network of faculty with a shared interest in enhancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in STEM disciplines (https://www.usu.edu/science/pages/jedi-stem).

Minimum Qualifications

         Ph.D. in Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, or a closely related field.

         Demonstrated excellence and promise in both research and teaching. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with network analysts or scientists involved in cyber security. 
  • Potential to contribute to the development of the Department’s discrete mathematics and data science programs.
  • Documented potential to increase the Department’s diversity profile, directly or indirectly.


Required Documents

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A statement of research interests. Please describe how your research aligns with the characteristics described in the above overview and qualifications, and address potential for collaboration with USU faculty members.
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy or teaching principles.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one addressing the applicant's teaching experience and potential.

Review of applications begins on December 1, 2021, with the position open until filled. For more information please contact:

David Brown, Professor

Discrete Mathematics Search Committee Chair

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Email: david.e.brown@usu.edu


Additional Document Submission Information

All application materials except for reference letters must be provided through the USU Jobs site: https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/4300/assistant-professor-of-discrete-mathematics-combinatorics/job

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

Discrete_[applicant last name]_[3 letters of applicant first name]_file type

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

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

For letters of recommendation, applicants must request that their references submit confidential letters via MathJobs.org. Upload reference letters at: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/18700


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 has over 45 faculty members, 60 Master’s and PhD students, and 300 undergraduate majors. The College of Science and 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 the 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 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

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

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