University of Idaho Presidential Initiative

Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science

The University of Idaho seeks to build on our strength in mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling by adding up to six new tenure-track faculty. We will hire outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. Hires will be at the assistant or associate professor level, and research pairs or teams are encouraged to apply. This is a cross-institutional initiative with departmental appointments based on the specialty areas of the successful candidates.  Although all types of modeling and data science will be considered, we are particularly interested in individuals with expertise in epidemiology, artificial intelligence / machine learning, molecular modeling, data analytics and visualization, mathematical and statistical modeling, and geospatial modeling.

The successful candidates will have an opportunity affiliate with the Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI).  IMCI is funded in part by a COBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health and serves as the epicenter for a vibrant research community focused on bringing mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling to collaborative research. Interdisciplinary research is enhanced by regular interactions among researchers with diverse expertise.  Current projects are formalized as IMCI Working Groups, which include faculty, research staff, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students, usually from multiple disciplines. These grassroots groups create a powerful feedback between modeling, empirical work, and analysis. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to join existing groups or form new groups aligned with their research interests. IMCI also works synergistically with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Sciences (IIDS). 

If you have questions about these positions, please contact imci@uidaho.edu.

U of I is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Education: Ph.D. in a biological, social, physical science or other modeling-related discipline
  • Expertise in at least one area of mathematical / computational / statistical modeling or data science as demonstrated by publications using that expertise
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Postdoctoral research in modeling-related discipline
  • Teaching experience
  • Success in acquiring research funding
  • Experience working on disease or public health modeling
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Applicants who are selected as final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Applicants at the Associate Professor level will generally have been tenured at another institution. However, applicants who meet qualifications via other career paths will also be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Ph.D. in a biological, social, physical science or other modeling-related discipline
  • Expertise in at least one area of mathematical / computational / statistical modeling or data science as demonstrated by publications using that expertise
  • A minimum of 5 years of research in modeling-related discipline beyond the PhD
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Teaching experience
  • A research funding and publication record appropriate for the level of Associate Professor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on disease or public health modeling
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of research team leadership

Applicants who are selected as final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Application Information

Applications should be submitted through our PeopleAdmin website (accessed via the links at the bottom of the page) and should include a letter addressing minimum and preferred qualifications; a curriculum vitae; a 1 to 2-page statement describing current and future research, a 1 to 2-page teaching statement; a 1 to 2-page diversity statement; a PDF of 3 publications or manuscripts relevant to the position; and contact information for 3 references.  The cover letter should also indicate if the application is part of a collaborative pair or team. Positions are open until filled, however, applications received on or before October 11, 2021 will receive first consideration.

Community

The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, Idaho, only eight miles from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, providing an academically and culturally rich community. Moscow is a friendly mid-sized community on the rolling hills of the Palouse, with great parks, bike paths, restaurants, farmer’s market and fantastic opportunities for recreation in the adjacent mountains and rivers.