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Assistant Professor / Assistant Professor - Statistics

Apply now Job no: 495678
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Mathematics & Statistics
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty


About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

The statistics group at UMass Amherst is a nexus of statistical research on a vibrant campus in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. UMass Amherst is eagerly expanding its statistics group, and we are looking to hire new colleagues who have demonstrated excellence in methodological research, and are also interested in interaction with fields outside statistics, either capitalizing on existing collaborations and university expertise in areas such as applied mathematics, biostatistics, civil engineering, communication disorders, computer science, ecology, epidemiology, food science, kinesiology, microbiology, sociology, and veterinary and animal sciences, or building new bridges. Outstanding candidates in all areas of statistics, biostatistics and data science are encouraged to apply.

We are a statistics group within a department of mathematics and statistics, with a critical mass of currently seven and growing tenure system statisticians offering PhD and MS degrees, as well as an undergraduate track in statistics. We have a great deal of autonomy in running our statistics programs and strong collegial and collaborative relationships with our mathematics and applied mathematics colleagues. We are an R1 research university with strong grant funding and a teaching load of three semester courses per year. Our tenure system faculty typically teach upper level undergraduate and graduate courses, with flexibility to create courses of our choosing. The Pioneer Valley is a wonderful place to live. UMass is also interested in helping to resolve two body problems. We have excellent benefits including a generous state pension system and parental leave program.


Applicants must present strong evidence of outstanding research accomplishments and promise in both research and teaching. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, or a related field by the time of appointment.

Additional Information:

Questions about the position should be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Professor Anna Liu, For additional information about the application process, contact Head's Assistant at  More information about the Department may be found at
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be active in initiatives which connect faculty across departments and contribute to the College of Natural Sciences commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

Application Instructions:

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research, statement about teaching experience and interests, statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (including previous accomplishments and future plans), and three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must also address the applicant's effectiveness as a teacher). Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit materials online to: Mathjobs or through PageUp

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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