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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Requisition ID:  23689
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  22-Nov-2022

 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

 

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

 

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

 

Salary:

Lecturer Grade F: £37,474 to £41,155 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £43,414 to £51,805 per annum

Senior Lecturer: £53,353 to £56,592 per annum

 

Closing Date: 18 January 2023

 

 

The Role

 

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Statistics within the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics, with a flexible start date to be agreed.  The position is open to researchers working in Statistics, as well as in fields that are closely related.

 

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate their potential for excellent research and teaching, and who will strengthen or complement our Statistics group, which is internationally recognised for its strength in Bayesian statistics, statistical computation, biostatistics, machine learning, and applied statistics.  The Statistics Group currently has 18 permanent academic staff, including 3 professors, with two new permanent staff recently appointed and joining us later in 2023.  Research has been supported in recent years by, inter alia, BBSRC, CRUK, EPSRC, ESRC, EU, Leverhulme, MRC, NIHR and Wellcome.

 

We have many opportunities for statisticians to engage with researchers across a wide range of disciplines. We are part of the Alan Turing Institute and are linked with the £30 million Newcastle-based National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD). We are partners with the School of Computing in the development of a new MSc in Data Science and are heavily involved in the University development of Newcastle Helix, a £200 million project bringing together academia, the public sector, business, and industry on a new site in the heart of the city.  Our NU Data Centre for Doctoral Training has just admitted its first intake and will run until 2028.

 

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out and publish high-quality research, contribute to other collaborative research programmes and play a role in the teaching and administrative activities within the school.

Our aim is to employ a rich mix of people with different backgrounds that will help us to:
•    bring new ideas and different perspectives to both teaching and research
•    refresh our engagement with one another and challenge our thinking
•    enhance our collegiate environment
•    provide more diverse role models, attract a wider range of bright, active, and engaged students, and enhance our pastoral care

 

We are keen to attract applicants who will actively contribute to all aspects of the school, and who will be enthusiastic and committed to new ventures and innovations in both teaching and research. All applicants who fulfil the criteria are welcome. We are keen to offer opportunities, where possible, to people from groups who are currently underrepresented in mathematical sciences in the UK.

 

We are the proud recipients of an institutional silver Athena SWAN award and a unit-level bronze award, demonstrating our achievements and ongoing commitment to achieving gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.

 

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Chris Oates (chris.oates@ncl.ac.uk) or Dr Murray Pollock (murray.pollock@ncl.ac.uk). More information about the school can be found here.

 

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and Cover Letter. Please state in your application whether you are applying to be considered for Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or both. You should use the criteria outlined in the person specification below to structure your response.

 

Application is via a CV and a Cover Letter (max. 4 pages) only.  Please outline the following:
•    Your top 5 research outputs (accounting for career breaks) in which you have had a significant input.  This may include journal publications and other forms of output relating to impact.  For multi-author works, describe your contribution AND research funding applied for or received.
•    What constitutes excellent teaching to you (teaching statement).
•    Your past contributions to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and what your contributions to EDI at Newcastle will be

Please upload your cover letter document, which should contain your responses above, to the ‘Cover Letter’ portal in your online application. Please note any ‘additional documents’ that you upload may be redacted and therefore not considered by the reviewing panel.

 

Key Accountabilities
The successful candidates will be expected to:

•    Undertake independent original research in statistics, or a closely related field such as statistical data science or machine learning.
•    Publish refereed articles in journals of international standing.
•    Collaborate with colleagues in the school on research in statistics, or a closely related field such as statistical data science or machine learning.
•    Collaborate in applied research with colleagues from other schools.
•    Develop grant-funded research projects.
•    Supervise students taking the MSc in Data Science, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
•    Undertake external professional activities that contribute to the development of methodology in statistics or a closely related field such as statistical data science or machine learning.
•    Undertake teaching in statistics as required.
•    Contribute to the life and work of the school in general and to the statistics section in particular.
•    Carry out administrative duties as assigned by the Head of School and the School Executive Board.


The Person 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Evidence of analytical and problem-solving capability with the relevant personal skills, initiative, and drive
•    Strong awareness of modern methodology in statistics
•    A record of high-quality research in statistics or a closely related field, with potential to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework and achieve international standing in research within a few years
•    Demonstrable ability to effectively teach at university level and the willingness to supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills

Desirable
•    Experience of presentation of work to the national/international research community at conferences, workshops or seminars

 

Attributes and Behaviour
•    Excellent collaborative, interpersonal and team-working skills
•    A clear, ambitious yet realistic vision for their research that represents a good fit with the aims of the academic unit and the delivery of research outcomes to a defined timescale
•    Effective time management, prioritisation, and organisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
•    Ability to engage with and respond enthusiastically and positively to students from a wide variety of backgrounds
•    Candidates must demonstrate how they can positively contribute to fostering an inclusive environment

 

Qualifications
•    PhD in Statistics or a closely related discipline

Desirable
•    Relevant teaching qualification

 

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the community they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, as well as being open to flexible working practices.