Utah State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: 553-ASSISTANTPROFESSOR [#21240]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Statistics / Data Science
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Logan, Utah 84322, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Statistics/Data Science
Application Deadline: none (posted 2022/10/21)
Position Description:    


The Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Utah State University invites applications for one or more positions as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor of Statistics/Data Science, beginning August 1, 2023. Candidates with research expertise in all areas of statistics are encouraged to apply. We particularly seek candidates whose expertise will complement the existing research strengths in the Statistics and Data Science group at USU, including computational statistics, biostatistics, environmental statistics, high-dimensional and functional data analysis, Bayesian statistics, statistical and data visualization, machine learning, and statistical network science (see www.usu.edu/math/research). Preference will be given to candidates equipped to teach courses within the departmental applied statistics curriculum at USU (see USU General Catalog at https://catalog.usu.edu/ and course listings for STAT).

This position is part of a two-year (2021-2023) faculty cluster hire in USU’s College of Science, and we seek applicants with demonstrated capacity to contribute to USU’s justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) missions and goals while also contributing to excellence in USU’s education mission and goals. The successful applicant would join the College of Sciences JEDI Collaboratory, a thematic mentoring and collaboration network intended to bring together faculty from multiple departments with shared JEDI interests for activities that may include outreach, curriculum development, or research.

USU supports dual career applicants and provides a Dual Career Assistance program:


In addition to this position, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Utah State University currently is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in Math/Stat Education: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/21240.

More openings may be available later this year. Please check the following link for updates: https://www.usu.edu/math/jobsearch.


The position will be 50% research, 45% teaching, and 5% service. Duties include establishing a strong independent research program in the field of interest, teaching statistics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring research students, and providing service to the department and institution. Applicants must present evidence of existing accomplishments and potential in both research and teaching.

Minimum Qualifications

·        Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, or a closely related field.

Required Documents

1.     Cover letter which should address the following:

o   An overview of your research and how you anticipate it to develop over the next few years.

o   How does the applicant’s research fit with existing Statistics and Data Science group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics?

o   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)

3.      Statement of research

4.      Statement of teaching philosophy

5.      Statement of diversity which should address the following:

o   How you will foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in your graduate student recruitment and mentoring.

o   How you will create a classroom environment that is inviting and supportive of students from a variety of backgrounds. 

6     Contact information for three professional references, at least one of which must appraise the applicant's teaching experience and potential.  References will receive a direct email requesting a letter of recommendatio

      Review of applications begins December 1, 2022, with the position open until filled. For more information, please contact:

Yan Sun, Associate Professor

Statistics / Data Science Search Committee Chair

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Email: yan.sun@usu.edu

Additional Document Submission Information

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

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

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

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

 Applicants must apply electronically using USU’s online system:


College/Department Highlights

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is committed to delivering advanced quantitative and analytic skills for students and 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 R1 (Research University / Very 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 178 undergraduate majors, 133 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2022 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 25 national universities and the 8th best public university in the United States. 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 53,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley (with population about 135,000) about 85 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/mission-statement/). USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at https://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-recruitment/dual-career-assistance.


USU provides excellent benefits for its faculty and staff. See summary of benefits 2022-2023 at https://www.usu.edu/hr/files/benefits/Benefits_Summary.pdf

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