Utah State University

Assistant Professor in Statistics / Data Science

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(10/13/2022 11:00 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Science
Mathematics & Statistics
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


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 Science’s 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.


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/20736.


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:

  • PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated excellence and promise in both research and teaching
  • Evidence of expertise and potential to complement the existing research strengths in the Statistics and Data Science group at USU

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented potential to teach courses within the departmental applied statistics curriculum at USU
  • Documented potential to increase the Department’s and College’s diversity profiles, directly or indirectly

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Documents below to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    1. Statement of research
    2. Statement of teaching philosophy
    3. Statement of diversity which should address the following:
      • How you will foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in your graduate student recruitment and mentoring.
      • How you will create a classroom environment that is inviting and supportive of students from a variety of backgrounds.
    4. Cover letter which should address the following:
      • An overview of your research and how you anticipate it to develop over the next few years.
      • How does the applicant’s research fit with existing Statistics and Data Science group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics?
      • What benefit to research and instruction in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics might the applicant’s own research and teaching expertise provide?
  3. 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 recommendation.

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


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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

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.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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


*updated 11/2022


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