Assistant Professor of Statistics

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17012
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Mark Greenwood,, (406) 994-1962

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor of Statistics
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University – Bozeman invites applications for a tenure-track position in Statistics at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2017.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4A3998
Department Mathematical Sciences
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University – Bozeman invites applications for a tenure-track position in Statistics at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2017. We seek candidates who are broadly trained in theory, methods, and data analysis, and who have a commitment to excellence in teaching. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in Biostatistics, Bayesian methods, statistical computing, or statistical methods for high dimensional data analysis.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include teaching, research, and service. A commitment to excellence in teaching and an active research program are essential. Instructional responsibilities include teaching lower division, upper division, and graduate courses in Statistics as well as advising undergraduate and graduate students. Responsibilities may also include supervising lower division Statistics courses. Service includes departmental, college, and university committee work, consulting with university scientists, and participation in professional organizations both locally and nationally.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, or equivalent.
  2. Broadly trained in statistical theory, methods, and data analysis
  3. Teaching experience (GTA acceptable).
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstration of a commitment to excellence in teaching.
  2. Demonstration of ability to maintain a research program and advise graduate students in the future.
  3. Broad experience in using statistical inference in multiple disciplines.
  4. Interest and experience in collaborating with researchers in other disciplines.
  5. Interest and experience in curriculum development of undergraduate and graduate courses in Statistics.
  6. Potential for and interest in working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences.
  7. Research area of interest is Biostatistics, Bayesian Methods, Statistical Computing, or statistical methods for high dimensional data analysis.
The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will be an independent researcher with a strong commitment to quality teaching and will contribute to the Department’s mission of providing outstanding teaching, research, and service in Statistics to the local, national, and international communities. The successful candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and will have the ability to collaborate productively with students and faculty at Montana State University.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

The Program
The Department

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is recognized as a leading department of Statistics, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. Bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates in all of these areas are following successful careers in industry, government, and academia. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 80 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, we offer outstanding educational opportunities in an area of exquisitely beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation. Our department has a multifaceted role on campus and in Montana. We have the largest instructional component on campus, delivering about 10% of the total student credit hours. The department seeks a diverse faculty and is actively involved in programs such as ADVANCE Project TRACS. We offer a B.S. in Mathematics with options in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics teaching, and statistics; an M.S. in Mathematics with options in Mathematics and Mathematics Education; an M.S. in Statistics; a Ph.D. in Mathematics with emphases in Mathematics and Mathematics Education; and a Ph.D. in Statistics with emphases in Statistics and Statistics Education. The mathematics education option for the M.S. in Mathematics is an online program.

Research in statistics encompasses a broad range of theoretical and applied topics. Because the statisticians are actively engaged in interdisciplinary work, much of the statistical research is directed toward practical problems. Mathematics education faculty are active in both qualitative and quantitative experimental research areas. These include teacher preparation, coaching and mentoring for in-service teachers, online learning and curriculum development. Mathematical research at MSU is focused primarily on related topics in pure and applied mathematics. Research programs complement each other and are often applied to problems in science and engineering.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date August 2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2016; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please apply online and upload the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Transcript (Unofficial)

Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position. At least one should address teaching. Three Letters of Recommendation will automatically be requested from references listed in the application.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. Transcript
Optional Documents
  1. Transcript - Additional #1
  2. Transcript - Additional #2
  3. Transcript - Additional #3

Supplemental Questions

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