Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor/ Professor in Statistics

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    University of Canterbury Private Bag, 4800
    Christchurch, CAN, New Zealand Phone: +64 3 369 3999
    Web Site: www.canterbury.ac.nz/

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Academic: Associate Professor, Lecturer, Professor, Senior / Principal Lecturer

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Te Kura Pāngarau | School of Mathematics and Statistics

Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position


Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

We invite applications for a continuing position of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor to join our dynamic and evolving School. You will contribute to the vibrancy of the School's research culture and teach into the Statistics programme. You will be required to undertake a range of teaching responsibilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as supervising research (postgraduate) students. You will be encouraged to conduct collaborative research with both internal and external stakeholders.


Mōu | Who You Are

You will hold (or be near completion) a Ph.D Degree in Statistics or a relevant discipline. Ideally, you will have an internationally recognised research record, which is demonstrated by a strong record of recent, high quality publications. You will display expert knowledge in the statistical field of your choice.

You will have an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching in statistics, at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. You will have experience delivering innovative and effective teaching methods and learning opportunities, which enable a wide range of learners.

If applying for senior lecturer and above, you will also have demonstrated a background in supervising final year undergraduate projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, an ability in collaborating with others in the University, as well as an interest in contributing to Departmental, College, and University activities.


Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is a strong, forward-looking School, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. We aspire to be a productive, dynamic, and inspiring community committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which students and staff alike can flourish.

Our School is one of the largest at University of Canterbury, and one of the fastest growing in student numbers. We have a strong statistics programme and from this in recent years we have developed teaching programmes in data science and financial engineering. We have a number of new avenues for growth we are exploring including astro-statistics. Our School is supporting students in their learning and we are well resourced to help you with your teaching. You will be involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as supervising research (postgraduate) students.

In addition to teaching Statistics, Mathematics and Data Science majors, we also teach applied statistics to large classes of students from all over the University. We are at the forefront of developing online and blended learning courses, including STAR courses for high-school students. We offer a professional certificate in applied statistics using R on the international educational EdX platform. Our Statistical Consulting Unit provides statistical help to postgraduate students and staff, supporting University of Canterbury's commitment to excellence in research, and interdisciplinary collaboration within the University and beyond. The School's highly successful MathsCraft NZ initiative promotes community involvement and engagement with mathematics.

The School has staff with international research profiles. We have multiple MBIE and Marsden grants within the School. Staff in our School are active in econometrics, environmental statistics, biostatistics, statistical learning, artificial intelligence, and mathematical statistics research. We encourage collaborative research with both internal and external stakeholders. We will support you in your research whether it is theoretical, or applied and help you develop collaboration networks and find new exciting research opportunities.

The opportunity is here now for you to help build the future of our School.

For more about the School and the team, please visit our website.


Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury stands for whanaungatanga - we value people and their differences, manaakitanga - we extend care and empower others, and tiakitanga - we will enhance and nurture our resources.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. We produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world. We recognise our obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are committed to supporting Equity and Diversity, recognising that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of university life. At the University of Canterbury we have a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment with policies and practices that ensure all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.

University of Canterbury is in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch is a very desirable place to live. We have reasonably priced housing, a lot of green space, great bike routes, few traffic issues, and access to the sea and mountains (which you can see from our School building) all within one hour drive from the city.

University of Canterbury offers a range of employment benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities, generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

We are proud to be staff at University of Canterbury. Come and join us.

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz

The closing date for this position is: Friday, November 12th, 2021(Midnight NZ time)


Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include:

  • a 'cover letter' including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to contribute to the success of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and
  • a 'curriculum vitae' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

We do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Elena Moltchanova (Elena.Moltchanova@canterbury.ac.nz)


Important Information

Due to current border restrictions, you must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

Due to the current uncertainty regarding travel, we expect all the interviews to be conducted online.




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