AMS Department of UCSC

Two Assistant to Associate Professor positions

The newly-formed Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions, starting in Fall 2001. The levels of positions are listed below.

* Two Assistant to Associate Professor positions in statistics, especially in the area(s) of Bayesian inference, prediction, and/or decision-making (Positions #446 and #443Z). Preferred expertise in the development of methodological research solutions to real-world problems, such as the analysis of data generated by the Human Genome Project, in collaboration with substantive investigators in engineering and other campus Schools and Departments.

The AMS Department of UCSC has only recently come into existence, with the appointments of Professor David Draper in Statistics as the founding Chair and Associate Professor Neil Balmforth and Assistant Professor Hongyun Wang in Applied Mathematics. The Department has a firm growth plan in place to reach 12 faculty by 2005, and the prospects for substantial additional growth in the following years are excellent (for example, enrollment projections, if realized, could make possible the approximate doubling of the Department between 2005 and 2010). It is intended that the research environment of AMS will be enlivened by a regular stream of visitors beginning in autumn 2001, and M.S. and Ph.D. programs will be set up in both statistics and applied mathematics as soon as possible given the rate of growth of the faculty.

On the statistics side of AMS, the intention is to develop a fully Bayesian Statistics Group that will rapidly take its place as a national and international center of excellence in Bayesian theory, methods, and applications to real-world scientific and decision-making problems. The applied mathematics side of the Department will emphasize topics such as dynamical systems, fluid mechanics, chaos, biophysics, molecular biology, numerical analysis, and parallel computing.

AMS is part of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, which is entering an exciting phase of expansion aimed at areas that will be in great demand in the next decade. In addition to very strong Departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, additional programs currently under development include biomolecular science and engineering, software engineering, and engineering management. Members of the AMS Department are encouraged to interact with other departments, both within the School of Engineering and in the sciences.

We seek candidates who emphasize applications in science and engineering in their research and will take advantage of opportunities for interactions with colleagues in our interdisciplinary environment. In the sciences, UCSC has internationally recognized programs in astronomy, physics, earth and ocean sciences and molecular biology. Research and instruction are supported by excellent computing facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories. UCSC is the University of California campus nearest to Silicon Valley and has close research ties with the local computer industry. Faculty salaries are competitive, and opportunities for consulting are extensive.

Here is one example of the collaborative opportunities for statisticians joining AMS. The Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE; at UCSC, under the leadership of Professor David Haussler (of the Department of Computer Science), has recently played a key role in the Human Genome Project by putting the pieces of the genome together and starting the data analysis to discover what is in it. There will be an entire special issue of Science, and a special issue of Nature, devoted to the Human Genome Project, and Haussler and his colleagues will be on the lead paper in Science. The CBSE is currently getting 20,000 hits a day to the web page ( on which they have published their human genome data. The Center is currently recruiting to fill eight positions in bioinformatics, computational biology and chemistry, microarray and nanotechnology, functional genomics, and molecular modeling, and the 39 faculty members in the Center, from six departments (including Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Environmental Toxicology) are eager to create and extend collaborations with statisticians in AMS.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: For the tenure-track position(s), Ph.D. or
equivalent in relevant field (Ph.D. by July 1, 2001 preferred, otherwise
must be conferred within one year of appointment); demonstrated potential
for excellence in research; teaching experience or strong commitment to
graduate and undergraduate teaching. For the tenured position(s), Ph.D. or
equivalent in relevant field; outstanding record as researcher and
educator, appropriate to the level of appointment.


APPLY TO: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of
research interests and plans, a statement of teaching interests and
experience, and the names, affiliations and email addresses of at least
four references to:

  Chair, AMS Search Committee
  Jack Baskin School of Engineering
  1156 High Street
  University of California
  Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA

For consideration at the Assistant Professor level, please indicate
position #446 in the cover letter. For consideration at the Associate
Professor level, please indicate position #443Z in the cover letter.

For additional information on the positions email
and/or David Draper ( ; he will join the AMS Department
in January 2001, but this email address may be used now).

Further details about the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC
are available at .

CLOSING DATE: Applications received by January 8, 2001 will receive full
consideration. Interviews are planned for late January and early February.

UCSC is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer: women
and minorities are encouraged to apply.

UC Santa Cruz is nestled within 2,000 acres of redwood forest and meadows,
overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary of California's
beautiful Central Coast, about 70 miles from San Francisco and 30 miles
from Silicon Valley. Further information about UC Santa Cruz is available
at .

Additional details on AMS and the advertised positions may be found at