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Chair in Statistics

Mathematics & Statistics
Salary from £59,078 (professorial minimum)
Closing Date:   Friday 24 February 2012
Interview Date:   Thursday 15 March 2012
Reference:  A340

This new post, commencing 1 September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter,  is part of an expansion of the Department which also includes a Lecturer in Statistics, a Chair and two lectureships in Algebra.

Over the last four years, the Department has seen an increase in undergraduate numbers of over 80% and in research student numbers of over 40%: these posts arise from that success and our desire to maintain it.  

Lancaster University has one of the largest and strongest statistics research groups in the UK comprising 18 academic staff, 7 research associates and 32 FTE research students. In the 2008 RAE, 60% of Lancaster’s Statistics and OR outputs were graded as 3* or 4*.  The statistics group takes a leading role in the development of statistical methodology such as Markov chain Monte Carlo, particle filtering, extreme value theory, wavelets and the analysis of longitudinal and spatial data.  Application interests include medicine, industry and the social sciences. The Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit collaborates with the pharmaceutical industry and is part of the MRC-funded North West Hub for Trial Methodology Research with the Universities of Liverpool and Bangor. With researchers in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, the Department plays a leading role in developing and applying methods of spatial epidemiology.  In collaboration with the Department of Management Science, we host STOR-i, one of only three EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centres in the Mathematical Sciences. The STOR-i DTC funds at least 10 PhD students each year within Statistics and Operational Research, and has a strong emphasis on collaborative research with manufacturing, energy and financial companies. The wavelets research group also has strong industrial links that have led to the funding of two Research Associates.  The Department is part of the ESRC-funded North West Doctoral Training Centre for Social Science together with other departments at Lancaster and the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, and is involved in applying statistics to criminology, forensic science and health. 

You may have research interests in any area of statistics, but a proven record of attracting research funding and research studentships is required.  Appointments that strengthen our existing statistics research groups or lead to the establishment of similar group with other methodological interests or to collaborations in other application areas are sought.  We also seek people who will be capable and enthusiastic contributors to the Department’s undergraduate programme, helping to deliver the existing syllabus and to expand the range of modules offered.  Further teaching opportunities exist on our thriving MSc course in Statistics, MSc programmes in Quantitative Methods and Quantitative Finance, on courses in statistics for other departments and on short specialist courses in advanced statistical methods, some of which attract participants from throughout the UK and Europe.   The Department provides an advisory service for all researchers on campus, and engages in consulting with industry and public bodies.

Informal enquiries for all posts can be made to:

Professor John Whitehead,
General information about the Department can be found at:

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