Professor in Statistical Science (Education & Research)

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Statistical science at Exeter, a core component of the Department of Mathematics, is renowned for developing and applying methodological research to some of today’s most important societal challenges, including climate change, weather forecasting, air quality, global health, and the spread of infectious disease. The group is undergoing an exciting period of expansion; now comprising ten academic staff with two more lectureships to be appointed in the near future. In addition, in 2016 the recently established University of Exeter Data Science Institute recruited eight new academic staff across statistics and computer science.

The University of Exeter offers outstanding opportunities for cross-disciplinary activity. Within the University, the Statistical Science group has established collaborations with Exeter Climate Systems, the Living Systems Institute, The European Centre for Environment & Human Health, The Environment and Sustainability Institute and the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare. Outside of the University, the group has strong links with external partners, both within the UK and internationally. Examples include the UK Met Office, the World Meteorological Organization, the World Health Organization, and leading financial organisations such as Willis Towers Watson.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university boasting a vibrant academic community with over 21,000 students.  Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, 98% of our research is rated as being of international quality and focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing the world today. The university encourages proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of its students.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a Professor in Statistical Science. Applicants will be internationally renowned for their methodological research with a strong track record of producing high quality publications and attracting research funding.  Applications from all areas of statistics are welcome; either strengthening existing research areas, or broadening the expertise within the group. Applicants will have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and the supervision of graduate students.

The Department of Mathematics is committed to reducing gender inequality, as recognized by an Athena SWAN silver award in 2016, and strongly welcomes applications from groups under-represented in academic posts.

What we can offer you

-Freedom to pursue your personal research agenda;

-Opportunities and support to conduct interdisciplinary research and to generate impact in the real world;

-Support teams that partner with our academics to facilitate the University wide research and teaching goals;

-An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development;

-A beautiful campus on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Exeter, located close to the Devon coast and Dartmoor National Park.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this post.

To make informal enquiries about the posts, applicants should contact either Prof. David Stephenson (Head of Statistical Science:, Prof Gavin Shaddick (Head of Mathematics:, or Prof. Ken Evans (Pro-Vice Chancellor of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences:

Interviews are expected to take place in March 2018.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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