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Assistant Professor of Statistics

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of Mathematical Sciences in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Statistics to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

The position is open to candidates with an active research agenda in Statistics or closely related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated research potential in developing statistical methodology. However, all qualified candidates with research areas connected to statistics are encouraged to apply.

The Statistics group within the Department of Mathematical Sciences consists of faculty members with research interest in Bayesian methods, spatial statistics, uncertainty quantification, time series and biostatistics. There exist opportunities for research collaboration with the growing Applied Mathematics group within the department as well as with researchers in other departments across the campus.

The University of Arkansas has an interdisciplinary MS program in Statistics and Analytics and has launched an Institute for Advanced Data Analytics. The University has also started a BS in Data Science. The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a BS in Mathematics with Statistics concentration. The graduate students enrolled in the PhD in Mathematics program have the option to pursue their doctoral research in Statistics.

The faculty hire is intended to maintain an active research and publication agenda and advise MS and PhD students on dissertation research. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students while teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and to have a commitment to university service.

A Ph.D. in statistics or a closely related area is required and a demonstrated potential for a successful research and teaching career are preferred.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 40% Research
• 20% Service

About the Department
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers degrees with focuses on applied math, pure math and statistics. Courses prepare students for careers in secondary education, actuarial science and industry and graduate school. Students will receive a broad, interdisciplinary education, highlighting the utility and value of mathematics in many careers and disciplines.

The University of Arkansas is a recipient of the NSF ADVANCE Award (2021-2024). The University of Arkansas Empowering Network Groups for Arkansas Gender Equity (ENGAGE) program promotes institutional change for intersectional and gender equity in STEM departments and across campus. The UofA ENGAGE program identifies, analyzes, and addresses institutional inequities while cultivating faculty equity and success by eradicating institutional barriers and harnessing institutional resources and mentoring networks.


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:

  • Ph.D. in statistics, or a closely related field, from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment

  • An active research agenda in statistics or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research potential in developing statistical methodology

  • Demonstrated potential for a successful teaching career

  • A strong record of refereed publications and potential for external funding

  • Interest or experience in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and/or cross-campus collaborations

  • Commitment to, or experience in, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in independent research

Additional Information:


Completed applications received by November 10, 2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Avishek Chakraborty, at

Applicants must submit

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a cover letter/letter of application,
  • a research statement: Describe research accomplishments and future goals,
  • a teaching statement: Describe teaching experiences and philosophy,
  • an academic excellence statement: Describe how your research, scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and/or service contributed or will contribute to an inclusive learning environment [and/or work environment].

Additionally, applicants must be prepared to submit contact information for three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation upon request during the application process.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Avishek Chakraborty, search committee chair,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Other Required Documents:
- a research statement: Describe research accomplishments and future goals,
- a teaching statement: Describe teaching experiences and philosophy,
- an academic excellence statement: Describe how your research, scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and/or service contributed or will contribute to an inclusive learning and/or work environment.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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