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Senior Research Associate

Mathematics & Statistics
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Thursday 24 June 2021
Interview Date:   Friday 02 July 2021
Reference:  A3386


Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate position on the research project “Was that change real? Quantifying uncertainty for change points” funded by the EPSRC.  You will conduct the relevant research under the direction of Professor Paul Fearnhead.  

This EPSRC-funded project is joint between Lancaster University and the London School of Economics, who are also currently recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work under the direction of Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz  Candidates are invited to apply for one or both posts, according to their interests. 

Candidates for either post must have or expect to a PhD in statistics or a related subject, or expect to have submitted their PhD thesis by the post start date. Successful applicants should demonstrate excellent research achievement or potential for such achievement in mathematical or computational statistics. Experience in change point research is desirable but not essential. 

Lancaster’s internationally recognised Statistics group is one of the largest and strongest Statistics groups in the UK with 25 academic staff, with a vibrant community of Post-doctoral researchers and research students. The Statistics group sits within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster is one of the UK’s top departments in Mathematics and Statistics, ranked 5th overall in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 3rd for the impact of its research. 

The department provides an environment which aims to meet the individual needs of each member of staff. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies, and seek to promote a healthy work-life balance. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and has held a Bronze award since 2008, in recognition of good employment practice to address gender equality in higher education and research. The Department achieved its own Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2017 and is a registered supporter of the London Mathematical Society’s Good Practice Scheme. 

For further information about the post, please see the job description and the person specification. If you would like to discuss the posts, please contact Professor Paul Fearnhead ( or Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz ( 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding, which is currently for 24 months. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.



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The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.



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