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Computational and Mathematical Science Professor

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics (SNSM) at Mount St. Mary’s University, in collaboration with the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Directorate (BIDS) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR, operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.), is accepting applications for a three year appointment as Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences beginning Fall 2021 with an option start date for Spring 2021.  Academic rank (assistant, associate, full) will be dependent on academic qualifications and experience in alignment with position details below. The Department encourages individuals seeking post-doctoral appointments to apply for this position.

This position has been established through an endowment designed to advance computational science skills within the state of Maryland. For purposes of this posting, computational science is defined as the use of advanced computing capabilities, e.g., models and simulations, in order to solve complex problems within systems. Students participating within the program will come from a variety of backgrounds across the university with career goals related to computer science, business, education, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences will collaborate with existing faculty within the Department to advance computational skills to all program participants from across the university.

The successful application will include evidence of a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, and an interest in advancing undergraduate research within computational science. These will be the primary focus of the individual in this role. The Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences will also assist the Department in advancing computational science curriculum and pedagogy within the recently approved data science major along with advancing experiential learning opportunities for all program participants. The Department currently offers baccalaureate degrees in mathematics, computer science, cybersecurity, and data science along with minors in all of these programs. The approved data science major requires graduates to complete curriculum aligned to one of four application areas: computational science, data engineering, operations research, and business analytics. There is interest in developing additional application areas in collaboration with faculty across the university in future, but after the recently approved data science major has been fully established. The Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences will have opportunity to assist the Department in identifying and designing new application areas that align within the structure of the current major. The Department also offers post-baccalaureate certificates in data science and cybersecurity.

The Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences will hold a dual title as Guest Researcher with FNLCR. As a Guest Researcher working collaboratively with scientists in BIDS/FNLCR, the Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences will also identify opportunities of research interest and curricular development in the computational sciences for all program participants. This dual role appointment provides dedicated research time and physical resources to assist the Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences in advancing their individual research interests. This is a secondary role to the primary responsibilities of teaching and advancement of undergraduate computational science research at Mount St. Mary’s University.

The Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences is expected to possess a PhD in a computational science discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Data Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Signal and Image Processing, Software Engineering, etc.) or a PhD in a computational science-related scientific discipline (e.g., Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computational Chemistry, Systems Biology, Cheminformatics, Computational Physics, Health Informatics, etc.). While the Department is interested in identifying individuals with backgrounds in the first group of degrees listed above, individuals in the second group with demonstrated ability to teach and advance research in computational science concepts for all program participants will also be considered. The appointment as Professor of Computational and Mathematical Science is intended to start in the Fall 2021 semester, although applications from individuals interested in starting Spring 2021 are also encouraged to apply.    

Documentation related to the following will strengthen the application:

  • An established research track record within computational science involving large-scale data applications of machine learning and deep learning algorithms and frameworks, neural networks, Bayesian methods, and image analysis and feature detection.
  • A demonstrated interest in building partnerships to advance computational science education, innovation, research, and economic impact.
  • Substantial coursework completed in multiple computational science areas such as machine learning and deep learning, operations research, data mining, data management, web application technologies, and database management systems.
  • Proficiency in high-performance computing (HPC) and distributed computing frameworks for machine learning model training, inference and evaluation and software development.

Proficiency in a variety of HPC-related programming languages including any of Python, R, Julia, and Java, among others and machine learning model frameworks including TensorFlow, Keras, CANDLE, and others.

Who We Are

Mount St. Mary’s University is the second oldest Catholic university in America and seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our Catholic identity. Located in a serene mountain setting in Emmitsburg, MD, yet near major metropolitan areas, the Mount is a comprehensive, nationally recognized Catholic university with an enrollment of 2,400 students and a 13:1 student to faculty ratio.

We seek to build an inclusive faculty that can engage the interests of an increasingly diverse student population. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will share our commitment to the dignity and solidarity of all persons and the value of intercultural understanding. EOE


This is a full-time position with full benefits and annual, holiday and sick leave. Competitive salary commensurate to experience.

Ways to Apply

Please send a cover letter, vita, teaching statement and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses teaching, to Applicant review will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

Questions and hard-copy application materials should be directed to:

Fred Portier, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Computer Science and Mathematics
Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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