Reader/Professor in Statistics

Requisition ID:  26176

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16 Sep 2023



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.


Closing Date: 10 December 2023


Applications are invited for the position of Reader / Professor 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 16 permanent academic staff, including 3 professors, with 3 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 partners with the £30 million Newcastle-based National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), and with the School of Computing in the development of a new MSc in Data Science.  We 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, attract and manage substantial research funding, 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 ( or Dr Murray Pollock ( More information about the School can be found at


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Newcastle University is a global University 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.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive 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 of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 


Requisition ID: 26176