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Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Statistics and Operations Res - 319200

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Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Assistant Professor

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week:




Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications

Proposed Start Date:


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The primary mission of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research (STOR) in the College of Arts and Sciences is teaching, research and service. The STOR Department specializes in inference, decision-making, and data analysis involving complex models and systems exhibiting both deterministic and random behavior and focuses on developing and analyzing the necessary quantitative and computational tools to enable practitioners to solve problems in statistical and probabilistic analysis, modeling, optimization, and the evaluation of system performance. The faculty engage in fundamental research in probability, statistics, stochastic processes, and optimization, and are also heavily involved with interdisciplinary areas of application such as genomics, biological modeling, environmental statistics, insurance, and financial mathematics, revenue, workforce, and supply-chain management, traffic flow and congestion, and telecommunications. The department’s research work is at the core of Data Science, Machine Learning/AI, Analytics, Network Science and related fields. The Graduate Programs in STOR provide challenging and comprehensive training across the full spectrum of statistics and operations research, including theoretical foundations, cutting-edge applications, and state-of-the-art computation. Graduates work in many diverse areas of industry and government, as well as serving on university faculties throughout the United States and abroad. The Undergraduate Program in Statistics and Analytics is ideal for students who like to tackle challenging quantitative problems in a business or scientific environment. STAN graduates go on to attend some of the most competitive graduate programs in statistics, biostatistics, operations research, finance and related disciplines, as well as serving in top corporations in a wide variety of fields. The department has 24 tenure track professors, 5 teaching professors and several jointly appointed faculty members. This department annually serves approximately 80 graduate students and 2,100 undergraduate majors and minors. We also serve over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in other fields. The department runs the UNC Statistical / Data Science Consulting Center, which serves clients across campus and elsewhere. Under the supervision of faculty members, graduate students work with the clients to address their statistical & data science questions. Separately, STOR graduate students run the Data Outreach Program for Students (Data OPS) aimed at educating local K-12 students in data science topics. The STOR Department supports the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community, as articulated in the University’s non-discrimination policy and by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Position Summary:

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) aims to contribute to the burgeoning field of data-oriented modeling and analysis, to solve pressing problems in healthcare, business, transportation, engineering, and other domains, and to study the implications of the usage of data science tools on society at large. The School of Data Science and Society (SDSS) will also be developing a core curriculum for training the next generation of data scientists at the undergraduate and graduate level. Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of this field, the SDSS and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) of UNC Chapel Hill are planning a cluster hire to attract outstanding tenure track faculty whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of data science and Mathematics (MATH), Statistics & Operations Research (STOR), or Computer Science (CS). These joint hires will have their tenure homes in SDSS but depending on their core area of expertise, will hold a half-time appointment in the MATH, STOR, or CS Department and contribute to their teaching and research mission as well. New hires will be helping to build undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong quantitative core as well as many interdisciplinary options. As a part of this overarching initiative to deepen and expand research and teaching related to data science, applications are invited at the rank of Assistant Professor – with a starting date of July 01, 2024. The STOR department is organized around four areas: theoretical and applied statistics; probability; stochastic modeling; and optimization. Faculty in the department conduct fundamental research in these areas and have many collaborations with other parts of UNC including health care, medicine, public health and environmental sciences. The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with primary expertise in one of the STOR department’s core areas, at the intersection with data science including machine learning, and potential for developing significant collaborations with the SDSS. Consistent with current SDSS themes, candidates with some background in machine learning / artificial intelligence or health care applications are particularly urged to apply. While the position itself will be joint, the tenure home will be SDSS.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Candidates must possess a PhD in Statistics, Operations Research, or some closely related field by the start date of the appointment. Applicants are also expected to have a strong track record in research, teaching, and service commensurate with the level of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The successful candidate will be expected to direct an independent research program supported by extramural funding, to participate in data science activities and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the STOR department and SDSS.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements:


Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

The application package should include a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, representative papers, and a graduate transcript. Applicants should also arrange for four letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should include an evaluation of the applicant’s teaching ability.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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