Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics

Posted On: November 14, 2017

Hours: Full Time


The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Mathematics at the assistant professor level starting in the Fall of 2018.  Qualified candidates from all areas of pure and applied mathematics are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.  The department encourages applications from early-career mathematicians with an engaging research program that can foster student interest in the discipline and related fields.  The successful candidate will be fully involved in the departmental course offerings for the engineering disciplines, our minor in mathematics, and advanced independent study and research electives.

The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, who believed that an education “equal to the best technological schools” should be accessible to those who qualify, independent of race, religion, sex, wealth or social status, and should be “open and free to all who felt a want of scientific knowledge.”  Today, the institution focuses primarily on undergraduate education in engineering, art, and architecture.  The engineering school is its largest division, with a continuous full-time enrollment of approximately 500 students majoring in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

The successful candidate for this position will have a Ph.D. in pure or applied mathematics prior to the beginning of the appointment.  Applications should include the following:

  1. Cover letter that specifically addresses how the applicant’s research and teaching interests will both enhance and complement the existing strengths of the department of mathematics
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of research interests
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Three letters of recommendation at least one of which addresses the candidate’s teaching methods and evidence pertaining to pedagogical outcomes

Complete applications should be submitted to Human Resources, 30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, New York, NY  10003 or via email to  Nominations and questions about this position may be sent directly to Professor Robert Smyth, departmental liaison for the search, via email at

Applications received by January 15, 2018 will be assured full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

This position is unionized; benefits and work terms are negotiated through the Cooper Union Federation of College Teachers (CUFCT) bargaining unit.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an AA/EOE by choice.  The Department of Mathematics welcomes applications from members of groups that are currently underrepresented nationwide among college faculties in the mathematical sciences.

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit all application materials to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to:

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