Open Rank Faculty in Mathematics of Cryptography and Coding Theory

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech

Job Description

The Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics anticipates a tenure-track opening in the mathematics of cryptography and coding theory with a start date of August 10, 2020, at the Blacksburg, VA, campus. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, applied algebra, algebraic geometry, combinatorics, or number theory, with particular preference given to candidates whose research directly touches cryptography, cryptanalysis, or coding theory.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a distinguished research program with the potential for interdisciplinary impact 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; curriculum development; participation in department, college, and university governance; and professional service. Occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings will be required.

Appointment as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics is anticipated, but exceptional senior candidates may be considered for positions of Associate Professor of Mathematics or Professor of Mathematics.

Required Qualifications

-a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field at the time of appointment;

-an active research program, or, for new Ph.D.'s, strong promise for developing an active research program.

Preferred Qualifications

-a record of achievement, as might be demonstrated during a postdoctoral or previous faculty appointment;
-a research program in applied algebra, algebraic geometry, combinatorics, or number theory, with particular preference given to candidates whose research directly touches cryptography, cryptanalysis, or coding theory
-vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to research and/or instruction;
-the ability and willingness to develop cross-disciplinary research collaborations;
-demonstrated effectiveness or interest and potential in undergraduate and graduate teaching; and
-a commitment to teach and advise a diverse student body.

Salary Information

commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 30, 2019

Additional Information

Applications must be submitted online and should include:
  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • At least four (4) references
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • A diversity statement

Applications received by October 30, 2019, will receive full consideration. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

Each applicant should follow the instructions in the online application system to request that four references submit letters of recommendation, or letters can be emailed to The faculty handbook (available at ) gives a complete description of faculty responsibilities. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Questions about the search may be addressed to the chair of the search committee (Gretchen Matthews) or the Department Chair (Eric de Sturler) by email to

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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 veteran 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 accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Advertised: September 30, 2019
Applications close:

To apply please click here! Posted: 07/14/2020