Faculty Title Assistant Professor
Job Class Code 10031
Posting Number FRGV1219
Working Title Assistant Professor-Statistics in the College of
Sciences/School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Number of Vacancies 2
Location Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position
Tenure Status Tenure Track
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
position, at the rank of Assistant Professor in Statistics, subject to funding
availability. Preferred research areas include multidisciplinary applications
of statistics and data science in big data, computational statistics,
actuarial sciences, economics, biological and health sciences, environmental
sciences, statistical machine learning, deep learning, and causal inference.
This appointment involves teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels and
requires mentoring and supervision of undergraduate research, graduate
research, and master's theses. A commitment to excellence in both research and
teaching as well as providing service to the community and profession are
essential. In addition to contributing immensely to the newly established BS
in Statistics, MS in Applied Statistics and Data Science and soon-to-start PhD
in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications, the newly
hired Assistant Professor is expected to get involved significantly in
community engagement efforts. Tenure-track credit for past work experience may
be negotiated depending on the candidate's demonstrated capacity for
independent research and potential to earn grant funding among other criteria.
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 2022-2023 academic
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. 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.
Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-
breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall semester. For
additional information, please visit our website.
The school has over 40 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. Candidates
for this position are expected to strengthen and complement our research on
Branching Stochastic Processes, Random Iterations, Characterizations of
Probability Distributions, Statistical Computing, High Dimensional Problems
and Large Data Set Problems arising in the areas of Public Health and
Biostatistics, Survival Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Statistical
Methods in Epidemiological Research, Statistical Data Mining, Survival Data
Modeling, Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases, and Environmental
Problems. The position offers attractive start-up funds, salary, access to
free statistics and mathematics software, such as, SAS, STATA, MINITAB, SPSS,
Mathematica, MATLAB. 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 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 the local Space Science industry), the South
Texas Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance
(Edinburg), the University of Texas School of Public Health (Brownsville).
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Statistics or related fields (with emphasis
on data science) at the time of appointment with demonstrated potential for
research productivity and extramural funding.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications
Areas of emphasis include multidisciplinary applications of statistics and
data science in big data, computational statistics, actuarial sciences,
economics, biological and health sciences, environmental sciences, statistical
machine learning, deep learning, and causal inference.
Applicants with an active research program, experience in teaching a diverse
student body and 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 a Ph.D. program in Mathematics and
Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications that has started in Fall '21.
License or Certification Required? No
Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Desired Start Date 09/01/2021
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.
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 09/28/2021
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.
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.
Please note: Required Documents
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. List of 3 References
3. Letter of Interest
4. Research Statement
5. Teaching Statement
6. Diversity Statement
7. Unofficial Transcripts
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
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Posting Supplemental Questions
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List of 3 References
Letter of Interest
Unofficial Graduate Transcripts