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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Computational Math Sci And Engr Cns 40000838
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) invites applications for several Fixed-term Assistant Professor positions with a starting date of Fall 2024. These positions provide a postdoctoral research experience in an interdisciplinary environment that focuses on the development of algorithms for computational modeling and data science and their application to a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications, as well as experience teaching in innovative ways in that environment and professional development related to faculty careers.  Instructional courses taught in CMSE focus on computational modeling and/or data science.  Successful candidates will receive training in research-based teaching pedagogy, will have the opportunity to perform research in collaboration with CMSE faculty members, contribute to the writing of grant proposals, and mentor students, as well as participate in related training opportunities.  These positions are potentially renewable on an annual basis for three years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Fixed-term Assistant Professor positions will teach two course sections per semester (four total per year) in CMSE’s multi-section service courses in computational modeling, data analysis, data science, and linear algebra.  Successful candidates will be paired with one or more faculty mentors with whom they have compatible research interests and will engage in CMSE’s instructional training and mentoring program. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty collaborators prior to the deadline to discuss research opportunities - a directory of CMSE faculty members can be found at . Candidates will be evaluated on their potential to excel in teaching and research, and in their ability to contribute to a diverse departmental environment.  In the event that a research collaboration is established with a faculty member, additional financial support may be negotiated, including course buyouts (to a minimum of 1 course/semester). The base salary for this position is $69,911, and the position also includes the full complement of benefits available to MSU academic staff, including a retirement plan (with MSU match) and a variety of health care options that are primarily paid for by MSU.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -STEM, curriculum development or discipline

Minimum Requirements

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in any STEM, curriculum development, or discipline-based education research-related field by August 15, 2024, as well as have substantial overlap in research interests with at least one member of the CMSE faculty (which may include computational science, data science, the development of numerical algorithms or their application to a particular field of study, or computing education research).  Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated interest in teaching and/or a commitment to excellence in teaching, as well as commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in supporting populations that are historically under-represented in their disciplines.  Applicants are also expected to be able to program using Python, R, or a sufficiently similar language.

Desired Qualifications

Previous teaching experience (either as a TA or instructor) is desired, as is knowledge of or experience with research-based teaching methods.

Required Application Materials

Required materials include a cover letter of up to two pages in length summarizing qualifications, a CV, two separate vision statements for teaching and research (of roughly 2-3 pages in length), and contact information for three people who can provide letters of reference. The cover letter and research statement should address the candidate’s overlap of research interests with members of the department and identify faculty members with whom the applicant might collaborate. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to faculty during the application process to discuss possible areas of research collaboration. The cover letter and teaching statement should address the candidate’s teaching and/or mentoring experiences, teaching-related training (particularly as it applies to research-informed teaching methods), and interests relating to future teaching opportunities. In addition, in both the teaching and research statements the candidate should explain how their efforts in teaching and research have supported the success of students from backgrounds that are historically marginalized in their academic fields. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should explain how their future efforts could further MSU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Positions include standard MSU benefits, which includes medical insurance. A background check is required for employment.

Special Instructions

We will begin reviewing the applications starting from January 17, 2024.  Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until the position is filled.  Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair, Brian O’Shea, via email at  The positions will start August 15, 2024. 

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