Utah State University

Assistant Professor of Discrete Mathematics/Combinatorics

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/20/2021 11:57 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Science
Mathematics & Statistics
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


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

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”
  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. (to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”)
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy or teaching principles (to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”).
  5. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one addressing the applicant's teaching experience and potential. Please upload letters to MathJobs: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/18700

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


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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

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.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. 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 here.


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 beautiful 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 proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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