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Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematics

Position overview

Position title: Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematics
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. A reasonable estimate for this position is $66,400 - $85,900 per academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with fall quarter beginning September 2024. Appointments are contingent upon availability of funding. Degree requirement must be completed no later than August 31, 2024 and the degree must be in hand before employment can begin.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be full-time for two years. Reappointment for a third year is expected, but is contingent upon availability of funding and an assessment of performance after the second year.

Application Window

Open date: January 5, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 5, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Aug 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Mathematics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for one or more visiting assistant professors in all areas of mathematics, including algebra, number theory, topology, analysis, and geometry and dynamics. Under the direction of the Mathematics Department Chair, the visiting assistant professor(s) will contribute to undergraduate and graduate instruction and the research activity of the department. Research, teaching, and service expectations are typical for early-career faculty at a research university. Furthermore, the selected candidate(s)will be expected to participate in department seminars.

Preference will be given to candidates whose field of research complements the department’s existing research activities. Visiting assistant professors will be matched with a mentor from our permanent faculty for career and research guidance.

Applicants with experience teaching mathematics at the college or university level as the instructor of record are strongly encouraged to apply.

Visiting assistant professors are eligible for mid-level benefits through the University of California.

UC Santa Cruz is distinguished by our high-impact scientific research, and we are committed to diversity, social justice, the environment, and educational opportunity. UCSC is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minoritized individuals who are underrepresented in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in promoting equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service consistent with our goal of building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

UCSC is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We also welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in mathematics or closely related field. It is expected the degree will be completed by August 31, 2024.
  • A minimum of one year (three quarters or two semesters) of college-level teaching experience in mathematics.
  • Evidence of research accomplishments (obtained before or after the award of the doctorate degree).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which should include published papers, submitted manuscripts, posted preprints, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, students supervised/mentored, invited talks, awards, and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition.

  • Cover Letter - One page letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Statement of Research - Statement (maximum of six pages) that describes your most important achievements, your goals and vision for research, and the experience and qualifications that make you well-suited to achieve them.

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement (maximum of six pages) that describes your formal teaching contributions (this can include classroom experience and other relevant supervision/ mentorship/ instruction), future teaching and mentoring goals, and a description of your teaching approach and practices.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement (maximum of six pages) addressing your understanding of the barriers facing historically underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service . Candidates are urged to review guidelines on diversity statements before preparing their application.

  • Teaching Evaluations (course offering 1 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (course offering 2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (course offering 3 of 3) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Santa Cruz, California