Assistant/Associate/Full Professor-Tenure System – East Lansing, MI

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor-Tenure System

Position Summary

1855 Professorships being introduced at MSU were explicitly created to broaden the diversity of the community of scholars on campus. The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), in cooperation with the College of Natural Science and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, is proud to announce the Data Science 1855 Professorship, to be filled Fall 2023. CMSE seeks a leader in the field of methodological development for Data Science.  Preference will be given to individuals who show a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is an open rank tenure track position.  All areas of data science method development across STEM will be considered.  Special consideration will be given to candidates with a background in method development for big data and its application including, but not limited to, environmental science, genomics, neuroscience, molecular biology, atmospheric science, astrophysics, plant biology, and image processing. This position may be jointly appointed with one other department across the College of Natural Science, with the specific choice of department dependent upon the candidate’s interest and expertise. 

While we expect the appointment to be at the assistant professor level, depending on the experience of the candidate, an appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be considered.


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 field

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. is required prior to the start of employment, involving research experience focusing on data science. Post-doctoral experience is not required. The ability to communicate your research program beyond your discipline is essential.

Required Application Materials

The application dossier should include:

  • Cover letter: Approximately one page that demonstrates the alignment of your work and experience in the context of the duties and qualifications of the position.
  • CV: Including a list of publications, accepted proposals for funding or other resources, contributed or invited presentations, teaching and mentoring experiences, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and public outreach efforts. Other professional information may also be included, as the applicant sees fit.
  • Research statement: A 4-5-page summary of research focus including the relevance of the research, research accomplishments, and future research plans. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in research.
  • Teaching statement: A 1-2 page description of teaching and mentoring philosophy, experiences, goals, and plans to address these goals. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and mentoring.
  • Referee information: The names and email contact information for four individuals who can provide reference letters. References will be contacted to solicit letters for candidates after they have been selected for a short list. At least one of the letters must specifically address the applicant’s ability to teach.

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Applications should be submitted through the MSU hiring website ( .  Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  While letters will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, applicants should ensure that letters will be submitted promptly upon request.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Andrew Christlieb ([email protected]), chair of the 1855 Search Committee.

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering was founded in 2015 and has steadily grown since then.  CMSE focuses on the science of method development and its applications to cutting edge problems in both data science and scientific computing across all areas of STEM.  Our goal is to enable high impact cross-disciplinary science throughout STEM as it pertains to understanding and modeling the world around us.  CMSE currently has 34 faculty, the majority of whom have joint appointments in one of 13 partner departments across MSU. The department encourages interdisciplinary, collaborative research, the promotion of open science and methodology, and the use of computation to advance equity and racial justice in society.   CMSE has a strong track record of mentoring and career development as evidenced by 14 early-career awards from the DoD, DoE, NSF, NIH, and the Sloan Foundation.  We anticipate that future hiring in CMSE and its partner departments will emphasize both method development and applications relating to data science in a broad range of fields.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal lives, and MSU offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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