Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics Faculty Position in
Post-Quantum Cryptography and Coding Theory
The Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech (http://www.math.vt.edu/) invites applications for one or more tenure-track faculty positions in Post-Quantum Cryptography and Coding Theory with a start date of August 10, 2024, at its Blacksburg, VA, campus. The successful candidates will have a strong background in post-quantum cryptography, algebraic coding theory, or closely related topics. Possible specialties include but are not limited to applied algebra, algebraic geometry, combinatorics, number theory, coding theory, cryptography, or a closely related area.
Appointment as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics is anticipated, but exceptional senior candidates will be considered for Associate Professor of Mathematics or Professor of Mathematics positions. Job requirements include a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field at the time of appointment and an active research program, or, for a new Ph.D., strong promise for developing an active research program. The successful candidates will be expected to establish a distinguished research program and to provide effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. Additional responsibilities include continuing development of professional capabilities and scholarly activities, including travel to attend conferences and meetings, participation in the department, college, university, and professional service. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, or outreach initiatives with other members of the Virginia Tech faculty.
This positions build on existing strengths and plans to expand coding theory and cryptography in support of initiatives in quantum information science and engineering and aligns with state-wide investments in data sciences and cybersecurity as well as the artificial intelligence, quantum, and security strategic focus areas. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to be a part of the newly established Virginia Tech Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering (VTQ) and may be especially interested in the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics Program (CMDA), and the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology (Hume) within the National Security Institute (NSI). CCI is a Virginia initiative coordinated by Virginia Tech to position Virginia as a world leader in cybersecurity, fueled by a $20M annual investment by the Commonwealth of Virginia. CCI is carrying out its mission of research, innovation, and workforce development at the intersection of data, autonomy, and security by engaging over 350 researchers at 42 institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The successful candidates may develop and teach coding theory or cryptography courses that support the Department of Mathematics and the CMDA major’s Cryptography & Cybersecurity Option. NSI cultivates the next generation of national security leaders by developing and executing research and experiential learning opportunities to engage students. Research programs support graduate assistantships through sponsored research with defense and intelligence organizations.
The Mathematics Department is committed to building an inclusive community of mathematical scientists through programs and activities woven into the department’s research, teaching, and outreach efforts. This commitment is illustrated by programs such as our: Broadening Engagement and Participation in Undergraduate Research; Mathematics: Opportunities in Research and Education; 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; and the Blacksburg Math Circle. 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 teaching statement and diversity statement that are part of our application process give candidates opportunities to bring to our attention their philosophy of and experiences with mentoring and talent development, particularly as those activities pertain to the inclusion of people from groups traditionally underrepresented in math. Strong statements will demonstrate informed awareness of the rewards and challenges arising from efforts to provide equitable opportunities for all. Specific examples of experiences, activities, and plans will help us identify candidates who can support and extend our department’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
Virginia Tech is committed to supporting the success of its faculty members through policies that include the modification of duties, the extension of tenure clocks, mentoring, proposal-writing guidance, and dual-career accommodations, depending on individual circumstances. Interviewed candidates will meet with a work-life liaison for a confidential conversation about the details of these policies.
An online application is required. To apply, please visit www.jobs.vt.edu, select “Apply Now,” and search by posting number 526909. Please include a cover letter, a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a diversity statement as part of the online application. Each applicant should follow the instructions in the online application system to request that at least three references submit letters of recommendation, or letters can be submitted to a google form here: https://forms.gle/RhTJFnqKxmkfKmaF8.
Additional information about position requirements and responsibilities can be found at the following URLs: http://www.hr.vt.edu or https://www.math.vt.edu. The faculty handbook (at https://faculty.vt.edu/faculty-handbook.html ) gives a complete description of faculty responsibilities. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. Questions about the search may be addressed to: email@example.com.
Applications received by 11:59 pm EST on September 29, 2023, will receive full consideration.
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