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Montana State University Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Bozeman, Montana

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Announcement Number FAC - VA - 23027

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Katie Sutich

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Classification Title Assistant Professor

Working Title Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Brief Position Overview

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University ( MSU ) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mathematics, to begin August 2023. We seek candidates with demonstrated contributions to mathematics research who possess a commitment to excellence in teaching. We are interested in candidates with research interests in computational and applied mathematics, including the mathematics of machine learning and data science.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A3340

Department Mathematical Sciences

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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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

Montana State University is a land-grant institution committed to higher achievement in research. The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a lively research culture, including M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Mathematics and Statistics, as well as an M.S. in Data Science. The faculty in the department comprises three disciplinary groups: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Statistics. The Mathematics group includes both pure and applied mathematicians, with research topics ranging from mathematical biology, mathematics of data science and machine learning, numerical PDEs, and optimization, to quantum topology, mathematical physics, complex analysis, and dynamical systems. We are seeking a candidate who will complement and extend these research areas. In particular, we seek candidates in Applied Mathematics in areas that include, but are not limited to, modeling and analysis of complex data and physical systems, mathematics of machine learning, data science, and scientific computing. Candidates who combine a deep background in one of these areas with an interest in concrete applications motivated from problems in science or in developing methods to understand large complex data sets are particularly sought.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include research, teaching, and service. An active research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching are essential. Research responsibilities include conducting a research program that results in publication in high-quality venues and seeking external funding for research and projects. Instructional responsibilities include teaching lower division, upper division, and graduate courses in mathematics, as well as supervising lower division mathematics courses. The candidate will also advise graduate and undergraduate students and serve on master’s and doctoral committees. Service includes department, college, and university committee work and participation in professional organizations.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • PhD in Mathematics or closely related field.

  • Evidence of research potential in mathematics with a research specialty in computational or applied mathematics.

  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching, including the potential to advise graduate and undergraduate research.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Active research program in computational or applied mathematics.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish independent mathematics research after receiving a Ph.D.

  • Demonstrated or potential ability to secure external funding.

  • Demonstrated potential to mentor students, particularly at the graduate level.

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate:

  • Will contribute to the department’s mission of providing outstanding teaching, research, and service.

  • Will have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add to the department’s commitment to diversity.

  • Will have the ability to collaborate productively with students and faculty at MSU .

  • Will have strong oral and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

The 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.

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.

The Program

The Department

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is recognized as a leading department of Mathematics, Statistics, 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. 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 Data Science; an M.S. in Statistics; a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics with an emphasis in Mathematics Education; and a Ph.D. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Statistics with an emphasis in Statistics Education. The mathematics education option for the M.S. in Mathematics is an online program.

The College

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The College of Letters & Science ( CLS ) at Montana State University encourages individuals interested in advancing the University’s Strategic Plan diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to apply. Links to the University Strategic Plan ( ; Office of Diversity and Inclusion ( ; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color ( BIPOC ) Plan ( ; CLS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( ; and CLS newsletter, Diversity Matters are all embedded here for reference. CLS is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach engagement, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, the College encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status, and other underrepresented groups. MSU also recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

CLS , 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. CLS is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. CLS is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date August 2023

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Applications received by November 30, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

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.

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.

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