Virginia Tech®home

Open Positions

Open Rank Faculty in Statistics

The Virginia Tech Department of Statistics ( invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Statistics to begin in August 2020. Appointment at the rank of assistant professor is preferred, but the level of associate or full professor will be considered for exceptional candidates. Requirements include a Ph.D. in statistics or a closely related field and a research focus in any of the following areas:data analytics, statistical/machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber analytics, data mining, stochastic modeling/inference, or any related branch of computationally intensive statistical methods.

This position is part of a major emphasis on statistics at Virginia Tech, including computational modeling, data science and analytics, and empirical decision making. This search is targeting individuals who would teach in both the Department of Statistics and the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) program ( CMDA is a multi-department effort (together with Mathematics and Computer Science) to educate modern quantitative scientists by developing their knowledge base and skillset in computationally intensive techniques for modeling and inference.

Applications from researchers whose work and goals straddle traditional academic boundaries are especially encouraged. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to be a key player in the development of the university’s “Data Analytics and Decision Sciences” destination area ( and Virginia’s Cyber Initiative: (

Expectations for this position include: developing and maintaining a visible and vigorous funded research program; providing effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students; continuing development of professional capabilities and scholarly activities; curriculum development; participation in department, academy, college, and university governance; and professional service. The faculty handbook ( provides a complete description of faculty responsibilities.

Applicants must have a strong background in statistics with specialization in data analytics, machine learning, data mining, stochastic modeling/inference, interactive data visualization, high performance computing or computationally intensive statistical methods; a strong promise for developing a well-funded and distinguished research program; demonstrated experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research; willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries to tackle complex scientific challenges; a desire to advise and teach a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, demographics, interests, and abilities; and commitment/sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community. Applicants must have earned a doctorate in a relevant discipline at the time of appointment.

Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary scholarship employing statistical and data analytical techniques. Preference will also be given to assistant professor candidates, candidates with postdoctoral or similar experience, and candidates with a record of achievement as might be demonstrated during a postdoctoral or similar appointment.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Professor Mark Embree (, chair of the search committee. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

Applications must be submitted online at (#511566) and should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; teaching statement; research plan; and a statement of any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity and/or mentoring of minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups, including how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications must also include contact information for at least three references.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

Instructor Search

Applications are invited for a full-time, non-tenure track instructor position in the Department of Statistics. The timeline for this invitation is open-ended, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Primary duties for this position are to teach a variety of statistics courses, assist with the coordination of multi-section introductory statistics courses, and serve as an academic advisor for undergraduate students. Continuing development of own professional capabilities and service on departmental, college, and/or university committees is expected. Participation in local, national and international statistical societies is encouraged, especially with regard to efforts in statistical education.

  • M.S. from an accredited university in Statistics or a related field
  • Teaching Experience
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with the use of modern pedagogical techniques

Those with questions, or to apply, please send an email to Ms. Betty Higginbotham, Department of Statistics, Tel: (540) 231-5657, Email: