Michigan State University, Statistics & Probability

Position ID: MSUSTT-PROF [#21106]
Position Title: Professor-Tenure System
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: finished (2022/10/13, finished 2023/10/14, listed until 2023/04/13)
Position Description:    

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

Position Summary

The Departments of Statistics and Probability (STT), Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE), and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), at Michigan State University (MSU) invite applications for a tenure-system faculty position beginning Fall 2023. This position is a joint appointment among STT, CSE, and CMSE. While we expect the appointment to be at the assistant professor level, depending on the experience of the candidate, an appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be considered.

MSU has a long and proud tradition of excellence for world-class research in the areas of statistics, machine learning, computation, and artificial intelligence. The three departments (STT, CMSE, CSE) are home to internationally renowned faculty with a wide variety of expertise in fundamental and interdisciplinary research as well as thriving undergraduate and graduate student communities. Collectively, the three departments offer six bachelor’s degrees, four master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees including the jointly offered master’s degree in Data Science and the bachelor’s degrees in Data Science and Computational Data Science. Graduates of our programs go on to careers in academia, industry and government. 

The intellectual focus of the position is algorithmic bias reduction and/or auditing with results that may lead to improvements in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in society.

This open position is supported by the MSU Provost’s 1855 Professorships initiative that is aligned with the university’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan and seeks to “…elevate the academic quality and reputation at MSU.” The new faculty member will be expected to contribute to the multidisciplinary, “Diversity and Data Science” cluster of quantitatively oriented researchers who study and address algorithmic bias. For more information about the 1855 Professorships, visit: https://provost.msu.edu/priorities-and-initiatives/1855-professorships. For more information about MSU’s strategic plan, visit: https://strategicplan.msu.edu/strategic-plan/executive-summary

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Statistics, mathematics, or a related field

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a research portfolio that includes work in algorithmic bias reduction and/or auditing with results that may lead to improvements in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in society. Examples of algorithmic bias reduction and/or auditing include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Development of statistical and computational algorithms with less bias  

  • Data science approaches to auditing algorithmic bias  

  • Applications of minimizing algorithmic bias in areas of major societal importance, such as for risk assessment in banking and insurance  

  • Legal aspects of statistical and computational algorithms  

The successful candidate should have or be near completion of a Ph.D and will have demonstrated the ability to carry out forefront research with results that may lead to improvements in DEI in society and at MSU. 

Required Application Materials

We request that applications include: 

(1) a 1 page cover letter that frames the application in the context of this position including how the applicant’s research portfolio includes work in algorithmic bias reduction and/or auditing that may lead to improvements in DEI in society. The applicant should also identify two publications in the cover letter that the applicant considers to be the most impactful. 

(2) a CV, including a list of publications, accepted proposals for funding/resources, contributed and invited talks, teaching and mentoring roles, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach. 

(3) a 2–6 page research statement highlighting past research accomplishments and future plans. This statement should include experience or plans to advance DEI within the data science  research community and should include work in algorithmic bias reduction and/or auditing. 

(4) a 1–3 page teaching statement describing the applicant’s experience in instruction and research mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, including experiences or plans to create an inclusive and equitable learning environment for students. 

(5) Names of three references. 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Applications should be submitted through the MSU hiring website (http://careers.msu.edu).  The evaluation process will begin on December 15, 2022, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Chih-Li Sung (sungchih@msu.edu).

Applicants are encouraged to explore the websites of all three departments at https://www.stt.msu.edu/https://www.cse.msu.edu/, and https://cmse.msu.edu/.  

Please apply at: https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/512663/professortenure-system

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Department Statement

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal lives, and MSU offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. 


Together We Will Statement: Michigan State University requires all MSU students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at https://msu.edu/together-we-will

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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:
https://www.stt.msu.edu/ https://www.cse.msu.edu/ https://cmse.msu.edu/
email address
619 Red Cedar Rd., Room C414
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824