Assistant Professor of Applied Probability in Mathematical Biology

Utah State University

United States

November 10, 2021


Assistant Professor of Applied Probability in Mathematical Biology

City Logan Campus

Posted Date 4 days ago(10/6/2021 10:15 PM)

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 College of Science


 Mathematics & Statistics

Advertised Salary

 Commensurate with education 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 Applied Probability in Mathematical Biology with a starting date of August 1, 2022. This position is intended for a probabilist with interests in biological, ecological, or environmental applications, particularly those that complement and enhance the current strengths of our Mathematical Biology group (https: // This position is part of a faculty cluster hire in USU's College of Science, and we seek applicants with potential to contribute to excellence in USU's research and education missions while also advancing USU's justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) missions and goals. The successful applicant would join the College of Science's JEDI Collaboratory, a thematic mentoring and collaboration network. Nevertheless, individual faculty positions reside within departments, with tailored research, teaching, and service roles. JEDI cluster position announcements in Mathematics and Statistics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Geosciences can be viewed at https: // www.

The Mathematical Biology group specializes in data-driven, computational, multi-disciplinary research using mathematical tools to investigate current questions in living systems. The group maintains active collaborations in biology, ecology, engineering, and natural resources, and students have numerous opportunities to apply mathematics in the context of important biological, environmental, and ecological challenges. We are interested in candidates focusing on data-driven mathematical modeling, uncertainty quantification, or with expertise in stochastic modeling, analysis, and simulation of problems in connection to biological applications.

Review of applications begins on December 1, 2021, with the position open until filled. For more information please contact:

Jim Powell, Professor

Applied Probability Mathematical Biology Search Committee Chair

Department of Mathematics and Statistics



Duties include establishing a strong, independent research program in mathematical biology, actively participating in the Mathematical Biology group, collaborating more generally with quantitative bioscientists, mentoring research students and participating in the College's JEDI Collaboratory. Teaching duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in pure and applied mathematics, including probability theory and stochastic processes. Depending on the candidate's background, teaching duties may also include numerical methods, nonlinear dynamics, partial differential equations, asymptotic analysis, and applied math methods.

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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • P.h.D. in Mathematical Biology, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence and promise in both research and teaching.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with biological and environmental scientists.
  • Potential to contribute to development of the Mathematical Biology group and to collaborate successfully with USU's quantitative biology/ecology community.
  • Documented potential to increase the Department's diversity profile, directly or indirectly.
  • Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

  • Curriculum vitae to be uploaded under "Resume/CV"
  • Cover letter.
  • A statement of research interests. Please describe how your research fits into current USU research trends and address potential for collaboration with USU faculty members.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy.
  • A statement describing experience and vision for career-long contribution to JEDI in the context of USU's research and education missions.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one addressing the applicant's teaching experience and potential.
  • All application materials except for reference letters must be provided through the USU Jobs site:

    Please upload the CV into the Candidate Profile folder named “Resume” and the cover letter, research statement, and teaching statement under “Other documents.” Each file should follow the naming convention:

    APMBapplicant last name3 letters of applicant first namefile type

    (for example, the cover letter for an applicant named Mary Smith should be named “APMBSmithMarCoverLetter”).

    Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

    For reference letters, applicants must request that their references submit confidential letters via Upload reference letters at: https: // www.

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with education 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,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

    Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

    For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https: //, or contact:

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

    U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

    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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