Assistant/Associate Director of the Quantitative and Computing Lab and Visiting Assistant Professor

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Claremont, CA


Job Posting Title:

Assistant/Associate Director of the Murty Sunak Quantitative and Computing Lab and Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences


Job Details and Requirement:

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Director at the Murty Sunak Quantitative and Computing Lab (QCL). This is a full-time, 12-month per year, benefits eligible, exempt staff position that reports to the Director of the QCL under the umbrella of the Dean of Faculty’s Office. In addition to the administrative role as an Assistant/Associate Director, this position will also be placed at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematical Sciences, teaching the equivalent of two courses or less in an academic year depending on the needs of the QCL and the academic department.

QCL is the transdisciplinary campus hub and support center for students, faculty and staff seeking assistance with a broad spectrum of quantitative issues, including mathematics, computation, statistics, programming, and data analysis and visualization. The center also supports and facilitates industry data science projects for CMC’s new data science capstone course.


Duties and responsibilities:


  • Teach and advise data science capstone projects, Harvey Mudd College CS Clinic projects (as a CMC faculty advisor), or other regular courses under the discretion of the department chair of mathematical sciences and the director of the QCL.
  • Manage and develop the QCL services and events such as student mentoring/tutoring, workshops/seminars, one-on-one consultations, meetings and conferences, etc.
  • Supervise and advise undergraduate student mentors and graduate fellows working for the center.
  • Develop and/or run co-curricular workshops on quantitative and computing methods including, but not limited to, data analysis and visualization, programming, statistical computing, and high-performance computing for students, faculty and staff.
  • Consult with faculty on their research projects to provide expert support for mathematical, statistical, analytical and graphing tools and methods.
  • Consult with students on senior theses and student research projects.


In addition to this, skills needed for consulting at the QCL include:


  • Demonstrated excellence in mentoring undergraduate students in quantitative and computing areas;
  • Knowledge of statistics, data science and computer science at least on the level of undergraduate curriculum;
  • Fluency with mathematical and statistical software environments, such as R, STATA, MATLAB, and Maple;
  • Fluency with programming and scripting languages such as Python, Java, C/C++, and shell script; and
  • Familiarity with cloud and high-performance computing environment such as XSEDE supercomputers and GPU systems.


The successful candidate should hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. by August 2019 in either mathematical sciences (broadly defined), computer science, data science, or statistics, and have the highest standards of excellence in teaching. Preference may be given to candidates with expertise in quantitative and computational practices including data science, machine learning, statistics, and closely related areas.


In addition to the competitive salary, the position comes with some annual support for professional development activities (e.g., conference and workshop registration and travel).


Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at

The following application materials are required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Letters of recommendation from three or more references evaluating the candidate's teaching


The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is Fall 2019.


CMC is a highly selective undergraduate institution ranked among the top liberal arts colleges nationally. It is a member of the Claremont University Consortium which also includes Pomona College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, the Claremont Graduate University, and the Keck Graduate Institute for Applied Science.  Collectively, the Claremont Consortium has more than 6,000 students. We are an active community of over 50 faculty in the mathematical sciences, unified by the Claremont Center of Mathematical Sciences, which features a full range of regular research seminars and colloquia along with a variety of other research and teaching related activities in mathematics. Claremont is located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.



The regular hours for this full time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required.  Travel may be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.  This is a 12 month position.



This is a full-time, exempt position.

This is a benefits eligible position.


Physical Requirements:                Light (up to 20 lbs.)


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. 


BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.


ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.


Claremont McKenna College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to diversity, and encourages applications from the broadest range of individuals.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or [email protected] for assistance.




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Job No: REQ-1685
Posted: 5/31/2019
Application Due: 6/25/2019
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