Painting above is from "Random Numbers", Peter James Smith (1977). Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection. View entire painting

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  • Vacancies at Otago University

    Lecturer and Post-doctoral Fellow

  • John Koolaard


    John KoolaardIt is with great sadness that we write to let you know that our friend and colleague John Koolaard passed away yesterday, after a battle with cancer.

     John was the Team Leader of the AgResearch Statistics Team in Grasslands, and as many of you will know, a regular face at NZSA conferences.

    The photo of John is from the AgResearch team meeting in May 2017.

    A service for John was held at 11am, Monday 15 January 2018, at the Reformed Church ,  541 Ruahine St, Palmerston North (opposite Winchester School).

    The link to the live streaming of the service is

    Should you wish to send a message to John’s family, Ganesh ( in the cc) is happy to deliver it.

    John will be missed as a colleague and friend by us all.

    AgResearch Statistics Team

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  • Our Biometrics team provides specialist statistical expertise and guidance to scientists working in a wide range of research areas.

    While there is a focus on established plant-based research, there is also a growing need for statistical skills in areas such as metabolomics, chemometrics, genomics, psychology and sensory and consumer science.

    Currently operating from our sites in Auckland, Palmerston North, Lincoln and Havelock North, our biometricians offer a wide variety of specialist skills and services to a diverse range of customers across the organisation.

    This position provides an outstanding opportunity to apply your statistical knowledge and skills to support and facilitate quality science in areas of vital importance to New Zealand’s plant and food based industries.

    As a minimum you’ll have a postgraduate degree or advanced diploma in statistics or a related discipline, with experience in analysis of biological science.

    Well-developed interpersonal, communication and relationship skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of diverse staff is essential.

    You will have at least five years’ relevant experience in similar research environments.

    The preferred location for this position is Lincoln, however, other locations such as Ruakura (Hamilton), Nelson or Te Puke are options.

    A part-time appointment for the right person may be considered.

    For more details, or to apply for this position, please go to:,25932.html

    The closing date for applications is 12 January, 2018.

    Ruth Butler Biometrician (Team Leader, Biometrics)

    T: +64 3 325 9501

    F: +64 3 325 2074

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  • We seek a dynamic academic wanting to join one of New Zealand’s most respected and innovative Statistics programmes.

    The successful applicant will have experience in university teaching, a strong research record and will be ready to play a

    leading role in the development of Victoria’s programmes in statistics and data science.

    The Statistics group is highly connected within the University so there is the opportunity to work with colleagues from

    across the University, including in biological, physical, health, social, earth and information sciences, engineering and the humanities.

    The position of Lecturer is similar to Assistant Professor in the North American system while Senior Lecturer corresponds to Associate Professor.

    In either case the role will be permanent and the level of appointment will simply reflect academic experience and achievement to date.

    Potential will be a key factor in the decision to appoint.

    The appointee will undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in statistics and data science, including in the applied statistics programmes.

    They will promote learning among students with a wide range of mathematical backgrounds.

    They will undertake supervision of postgraduate research students, seek external research funding and maintain a

    research programme of international standard, in keeping with the university’s emphasis on high-quality scholarship.

    The appointee will also contribute to building on the University’s engagement with public and private sector

    stakeholders in statistics and data science, including through externally funded research.

    Contact Details for Vacancy: Peter Donelan, Head of School School of Mathematics and Statistics


    Applications close on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

    Victoria University of Wellington is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the

    Treaty of Waitangi.

    For more information and to apply online visit

    Reference: 1912

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  • NZSA Student & Early Career Researchers Event

    Monday 11th December 2017 5:30-7:30pm

    NZSA SECS Event December 2017


    Bluestone Room, 11 Durham lane, Auckland





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Student and Early Career Statisticians

Lisa Hall from Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre, is the Student and Early Career Statistician’s Representative.

Visit the Young Statistician’s page for more details.

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