Lecturer in Statistics

University of Otago - Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Applications are invited for a confirmation path position as 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 ecological and environmental statistics, stochastic modelling, point processes, Bayesian inference, hidden Markov models, scoring rules, model-averaging, over-dispersion, clinical trials, epidemiology, quantitative genetics, and statistical genetics.

The Role

The successful applicant will participate fully in the Department’s research and teaching activities. They will be capable of teaching a range of our Statistics papers, from first-year to postgraduate, and will supervise postgraduate research students.

Candidates will be expected to develop an independent and productive research programme. 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

  • PhD degree in Statistics or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing research in Statistics with potential to develop a research program of international repute.
  • Demonstrated success and/or aptitude in teaching Statistics.

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.

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.

Specific enquiries about these positions may be directed to Associate Professor Katrina Sharples, via the contact details below.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • CV.
  • Names and addresses of at least three referees.

To submit your application please click the apply button below.

Applications quoting reference number 1702456 will close on Friday, 26 January 2018.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=1702456.

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

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