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R20375 Professor in Statistical Science (Education and Research)

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

Location: Exeter
Salary: Competitive salary reflecting qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th June 2019
Closes: 28th August 2019
Job Ref: R20375

The above full-time permanent post is available from 1 September 2019.

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 University has recently been awarded funding for a Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in ‘Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and AI for Sustainable Futures’. This CDT will welcome over 50 fully funded PhD students in five cohorts, starting in September 2019 with the aim of exploiting the explosion in environmentally related data to provide meaningful and actionable insight together with the tools and evidence required for informed decision-making.

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 recently established Global Systems Institute and the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. 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 member of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

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. Applicants will have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and the supervision of graduate students.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.


We offer some fantastic benefits including: 

  • 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
  • Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • Stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

To make informal enquiries please contact either Prof. Peter Challenor (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 September.

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