Assistant Professor in the College of Sciences/School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in the College of Sciences/School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (Statistics)

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1421
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
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 09/01/2023, subject to funding availability. Full consideration will be given to applicants with research interests in any area of applied or mathematical statistics including but not limited to biostatistics, statistical machine learning, the emerging field of data science, and related areas. This appointment involves teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and requires mentoring and supervision of undergraduate and graduate research. A commitment to excellence in both research and teaching is essential, as well as providing service to the community and profession. In addition to contributing to the BS in Statistics, MS in Applied Statistics and Data Science, and PhD in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications, the newly hired Assistant Professor is expected to be involved in community engagement efforts.We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as an Assistant Professor of School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. Our goals include increasing the representation of historically underrepresented faculty in the sciences, including underrepresented minority and women faculty. 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 that is critical to an innovative and accessible educational environment. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, UTRGV is committed to preparing its students to succeed, contribute and excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and interconnected world, and seeks faculty who are prepared to help in this goal.
About UTRGV:It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success. UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. More than 32,000 students are enrolled at UTRGV with a historical record of incoming freshmen in the fall 2022. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students.

UTRGV is ranked second among the best public universities in Texas by the 2022 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. For additional information, please visit our website.
Department/College Background

The school has over 45 tenure-track and tenured faculty with active research programs in statistics, pure and applied mathematics, and mathematics education. The school offers multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees in statistics and mathematics and has started a new Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications in fall 2021. Excellent opportunities exist for collaborations with colleagues in several colleges and departments across the university that include the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, College of Health Professions, College of Social Works, College of Sciences, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. SMSS faculty closely collaborate with researchers from the STARGATE project (a public-private partnership between UTRGV and SpaceX), the South Texas Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance (Edinburg), the UTHealth School of Public Health-Brownsville (Brownsville).

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Statistics or related fields at the time of appointment with demonstrated potential for research productivity and extramural funding.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Areas of emphasis include mathematical statistics, applied statistics and data science, computational statistics, environmental statistics, biostatistics, statistical machine learning, deep learning, and causal inference.

Preferred Qualification:
Applicants with an active research program, experience in teaching a diverse student body, and the ability to use technology and pedagogy to support teaching and learning are preferred. Applicants with postdoctoral or industry experience in statistics and those with experience teaching upper-level or graduate-level courses in statistics or data science are encouraged to apply. Faculty will be expected to contribute to the MS program in Applied Statistics and Data Science and the Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 2
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2023

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 10/12/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Social Security Number *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.
Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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