Assistant Professor

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700164
Working Title Assistant Professor
Advertised Employing Department Mathematics
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date 08/16/2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with research expertise in mathematical biology, beginning August 16, 2018. In addition to an active research program, the candidate will be responsible for teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The successful candidate will have a strong research portfolio in mathematical biology with an emphasis in bioinformatics, excellent credentials in both undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, and will be expected to obtain external funding.

Required Education and Experience

- A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related discipline.
- Demonstrated potential for superior achievement in research and an ability to collaborate with researchers in the biological sciences.
- Excellent teaching record as evidenced by peer and/or student evaluations.

Preferred Education and Experience

- Additional years of experience beyond the Ph.D., normally achieved through a postdoctoral position.
- Research record in mathematical approaches to the analysis of bioinformatics data, structural biology, systems biology, or ecological and evolutionary modeling.

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Department/Program & College Description

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ( at Iowa State University (ISU) has begun a major interdisciplinary hiring initiative ( to help foster collaborative research and teaching, especially in its Signature Themes ( As part of this initiative, the Departments of Computer Science (, Mathematics and Statistics ( have launched a new 2-3 year hiring effort to expand research and education in the area of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB). This initiative is further supported and complemented by several other new hires in the themes of Data-Rich Environments and Biological Structures & Systems, as well as recent big data hires in the biological and engineering sciences.

The Department of Mathematics houses an active research environment consisting of over 70 mathematicians and 85 graduate students. As part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department is strongly committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in both pure and applied mathematics. Members of the faculty are active in cross-campus collaboration, as well as in professional organizations including the AMS, SIAM, and the MAA. For further information about the department, please visit our website at

Iowa State University’s BCB program was the first BCB graduate program in the country. As such, cutting-edge research and education in BCB are nurtured through long-standing interdisciplinary interactions among diverse faculty members across STEM fields. Outstanding computational and biological research facilities and programs support the BCB research and education endeavor and include the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics, the Center for Integrative Animal Genomics, and the Plant Sciences Institute. A dynamic faculty, a moderate teaching load (typically four courses per year with a course reduction to three courses per academic year for active researchers and possible further reductions for new or junior faculty), a strong graduate program, and a vibrant research environment with well-funded research colleagues provide an excellent academic environment for research.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Bonnie Tinker
Department Contact Phone 515-294-8615
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
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Application Instructions

To apply for this position, you must complete a two-part application process. Failure to complete both parts of the application process will constitute an incomplete application. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Step 1 – To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Vacancy” and complete the ISU Employment Application.

If you have questions regarding Step 1 of this application process, please e-mail or call 515-294-4800 or toll free: 1-877-477-7485.

Step 2 – Apply online at at for position ISU-MBAP. The following materials must be uploaded to constitute a complete application:
AMS (American Mathematical Society) Cover Sheet available at
• Cover Letter
• Vita/Resume
• Brief statement describing research accomplishments and plans
• Brief statement describing teaching philosophy and plans
• At least three (3) letters of recommendation—one of which must address the candidate’s teaching abilities and experiences, and one must speak to the candidate’s relationship to the life sciences.

Questions about the two-part application process may be directed to Bonnie Tinker-

To guarantee full consideration, the two-part application process must be completed by November 01, 2017. Applications can be submitted until the position is filled.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 11/01/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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