Assistant Professor in Statistics

  • University of North Dakota
  • Grand Forks, ND, USA
  • Oct 05, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description


The Department of Mathematics at the University of North Dakota seeks an Assistant Professor in statistics. This is a 9-month tenure track position contingent on availability of funding.

The Mathematics Department is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences and currently offers a BS in Mathematics, MS and MEd in Mathematics.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota.  It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity.  Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region.  UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students.  It is the home of the state’s only School of Law.  The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.  Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages.  Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.


Duties & Responsibilities

The successful applicant will receive a contract with an approximate distribution of 60% teaching; 30% research; 10% service effort. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics with an emphasis on applications.
  • Collaborate with statisticians in the department to develop courses for the MS in Applied Statistics program proposed to begin fall 2022
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students with interests in statistics
  • Advise graduate students in their independent studies/internships.
  • Establish a solid and productive research program with emphasis on an area of statistics with applications suited to one or more of UND’s Grand Challenges (see

Required Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Department of Mathematics
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery


Minimum Requirements

  • Earned PhD in Statistics, Applied Statistics, Biostatistics, or Data Science (with emphasis in statistics) by August 15, 2022
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Experience teaching statistics with a focus on applications, including applications in data science
  • Evidence of research potential such as a record of peer-reviewed publications in quality journals
  • Research interests aligned with UND’s Grand Challenges
  • Experience arranging industrial internships for students
  • Experience mentoring students in industrial internships and supervising student projects/independent studies



Minimum Hiring Salary

 Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Work Schedule/Start Date

Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt.  Initial contract extends from August 16, 2022 to May 15, 2023. Summer teaching may be available but is neither guaranteed nor required.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2021 and include the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Professional vita or resumé
  • Unofficial copies of all college transcripts,
  • A 1-2 page statement outlining teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and student outreach and mentoring activities
  • A 1-2 page statement of the candidate’s research plans. The plans may include reference to completed work if appropriate but should be forward looking.
  • Three letters of reference addressing qualifications for this position

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Gerri Dunnigan at