Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Statistics – University of Otago

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Statistics (Confirmation Path)

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago, New Zealand

The University

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand’s largest and most research-intensive universities, currently in the top 1% in the QS World University ranking. It is a leader across all fields of academic endeavour regularly topping the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission’s performance indicators. The University is located in the vibrant southern city of Dunedin, which is a gateway to the beautiful Otago region of New Zealand.

The Role

Applications are invited for a confirmation path position as Lecturer / Senior Lecturer to join the Statistics Group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This opportunity would suit active researchers who wish to further their career in an academic environment. The US equivalent of this appointment is tenure-track Assistant Professor.

We encourage applications from candidates in any area of statistics. Research strengths of the department include Bayesian inference, ecological and environmental statistics, hidden Markov models, scoring rules, smoothing methods, spatial statistics and point processes, statistical inverse problems, stochastic modelling, clinical trials, epidemiology, quantitative genetics, and statistical genetics.

The University values research and research informed teaching, and teaching assignments and loads are structured accordingly. We encourage academics to establish and maintain international research collaborations, and we support this with generous research/sabbatical and conference leave.

Skills and Experience

Candidates for this position should have a PhD in Statistics or equivalent, a demonstrated commitment to ongoing research in Statistics with potential to develop a research program of international repute, and demonstrated success and/or aptitude in teaching Statistics.

The successful applicant will be capable of teaching a range of our Statistics papers, from first-year to post-graduate, and will supervise postgraduate research students.

Further Details

The position is full time and permanent subject to the satisfactory completion of the confirmation-path objectives for new appointees.  The confirmation path process is similar to the process of gaining tenure but is entirely internal with predetermined objectives.

We welcome international candidates and provide financial assistance for relocation and visa applications. There is a wealth of practical information available for migrants considering a move to New Zealand and Dunedin.

The Department is committed to diversity in staffing and we encourage applications from women and other groups who are underrepresented in Statistics. The University has generous parental leave provisions and operates childcare centres covering the period from birth to eight years.

Specific enquiries about this position may be directed to Professor Martin Hazelton (martin.hazelton@otago.ac.nz).

Further details about the Department, its staff, courses, and research interests can be obtained from http://www.stats.otago.ac.nz


Applications must be made online, through the HR web portal.

Following the Current Vacancies link at https://www.otago.ac.nz/humanresources/join-otago/index.html and search for position 2000358.

Applications close on Monday, 20 April 2020.