The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Position ID: UTRGV-APS [#18418, FRG1219]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Statistics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Edinburg, Texas 78539, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: (posted 2021/09/30, listed until 2021/12/16)
Position Description:    

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The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SMSS) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for two Tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Statistics beginning 09/01/2022, subject to funding availability. This hiring initiative focuses on the areas of multidisciplinary applications of statistics and data science in big data, computational statistics, actuarial sciences, economics, biological and health sciences, environmental sciences, statistical machine learning, deep learning, and causal inference. Candidates for this position are expected to strengthen and complement our research on Branching Stochastic Processes, Random Iterations, Characterizations of Probability Distributions, Statistical Computing, High Dimensional Problems and Large Data Set Problems arising in the areas of Public Health and Biostatistics, Survival Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Statistical Methods in Epidemiological Research, Statistical Data Mining, Survival Data Modeling, Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases, and Environmental Problems. The selected finalist will establish independent research programs that successfully attract extramural funding, actively contribute to departmental development, and engage in innovative teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The position offers attractive start-up funds, salary, access to free statistics and mathematics software, such as, SAS, STATA, MINITAB, SPSS, Mathematica, MATLAB, and excellent collaboration opportunities with colleagues in various departments in the university as well as with researchers in other nearby organizations in a dynamic and highly interactive research environment.


UTRGV is a leading Hispanic-serving institution recently promoted to R2 Carnegie research classification and with the goal to become an R1 institution in near future. As such, the successful applicant will benefit from the college and university initiatives aligned with this goal, such as expanded research facilities, faculty salary incentives for external funding, an inclusive and welcoming environment, and growing graduate offerings, which include two new doctoral programs (PhD in Math and Statistics and PhD in Physics) and several more in the pipeline.

A Ph.D. in Statistics or related fields (with emphasis on data science) is required and postdoctoral experience (or equivalent industry background) is encouraged. Applicants should provide evidence of or strong potential for significant productivity in research. Externally funded research and teaching experience are considered a plus. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in various departments in the university as well as with researchers in other nearby organizations, such as, the STARGATE project (a public-private partnership between UTRGV and the local Space Science industry), the South Texas Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance (Edinburg), the University of Texas School of Public Health (Brownsville) and the ability to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, and a commitment to educate a diverse body of students in a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values and as such we encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in the sciences. It is our commitment to elevate the lives and economic well-being of the Valley community, by offering first-rate education in the STEM fields. We value applicants who can understand and have overcome race, gender-based, and ability-based barriers, and who can bring with them the wealth of worldview, perspective, and experience, which are critical to an innovative and accessible educational environment.  As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution with a student population that is over 90% Hispanic, UTRGV is committed to preparing its students to succeed, contribute, and excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and interconnected world. Applicants who identify with this mission are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy, a diversity statement, and the names & contact information of at least three professional references. Complete applications should be submitted online at Electronic inquiries may be directed to  To receive full consideration, applications should be received by 10/31/2021. Evaluations of applicants will begin on 11/01/2021 and continue until the position is filled.

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Mathematics Faculty Search
College of Sciences Dean’s Office
ESCNE 4.636
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539, U.S.A.
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