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Postdoctoral Associate

Other, Research / Scientific


Postdoctoral Associate

  • 522806
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Mathematics
  • Other
  • Research / Scientific
  • Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech invites applications for several Postdoctoral Associate positions, including one position as the Patricia Ann Caldwell Post-Doctoral Fellow. These are two-year appointments to begin August 10, 2023. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants who identify a Virginia Tech faculty member who will serve as a research mentor and to applicants whose Ph.D.'s were awarded no earlier than August 2020. For a list of faculty research areas and faculty research advisors who can serve as mentors, go to https://www.math.vt.edu/research.html. Applicants in all areas of mathematics will be considered. At least one position will be in algebra. The teaching assignment is one course per semester. Teaching assignments will be confirmed based on instructional needs prior to each semester. The successful candidates will carry out mathematical research in collaboration with faculty members, prepare and publish papers in mathematical research journals, teach one class per semester, present their research at national and international conferences, and, in some cases, help prepare and submit grant proposals with VT PIs.

The Mathematics Department is committed to building an inclusive community of mathematical scientists through programs and activities that are woven into the department’s research, teaching, and outreach efforts. Our commitment is illustrated by programs such as our: Broadening Engagement and Participation in Undergraduate Research; Mathematics: Opportunities in Research and Education; and professional development activities organized by the Virginia Tech Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, winner of the 2021 AWM Student Chapter Award for Scientific Excellence. Through undergraduates’ supervised tutoring of local public school students and through the department’s participation in the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, the Mathematics Department introduces secondary school and community college students to opportunities in the mathematical sciences.

The position is a postdoctoral position that involves research in collaboration with one or more members of the tenure-line Virginia Tech Math faculty and teaching one course per semester. The primary responsibilities of the individual in the position will be to conduct research and publish journal papers on the results of that research. The individual will be also expected to disseminate research results via talks to professional audiences. Assisting tenure-line faculty members with writing grant proposals and grant reports is a possible, but not essential, responsibility.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. in mathematics or a related discipline at the time of appointment. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
- Strong promise of developing an active research program in an area that can be mentored by the Mathematics Department faculty.

Preferred Qualifications

- Peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals.
- Communication skills sufficient for working with members of a diverse research group and for teaching members of a diverse student body.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

An online application is required. To apply, please visit www.jobs.vt.edu, select "Apply Now" and search by posting number 522806. For full consideration submit a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, and a teaching statement as part of the online application no later than January 3, 2023. Each applicant should follow the instructions in the online application system to request that three references submit letters of recommendation. This will prompt the system to request submission of recommendation letters. Reference providers should submit their letters by January 3, 2023. Additional information about position requirements and responsibilities can be found at http://www.hr.vt.edu or https://www.math.vt.edu. The faculty handbook (available at https://faculty.vt.edu/faculty-handbook.html ) provides an overview of faculty appointments. As part of the hiring process, a successful applicant must have a criminal conviction check. Questions about the search may be addressed to pdsearch22@math.vt.edu .

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kevin Kish at kevink96@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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