Assistant Professor in Statistics

Job Title
The call for applications for the IST-BRIDGE fellowship at ISTA is open! (12 positions per call)

Closing Date: 20 March 2023

Job description

Job Number: 23000236
Salary: Grade 8: £43,414-£51,805 per annum
Permanent – Full Time
Closing date: 20 March 2023.Working at Durham University

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high-quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people’s lives.Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Durham area on our Why Durham? information page.Assistant Professors at Durham
Assistant Professors on the Education and Research track are encouraged to focus on research and teaching but also to engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, support their department and wider discipline, and contribute to the wider student experience.

Academic colleagues are supported to publish high-quality research in their area of interest with a focus on quality in high-impact outputs including monographs, essays in edited volumes, and book chapters, rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs including practical help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activities, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor.Durham University is also committed to ensuring excellent teaching quality, stimulating learning environments, and innovative curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to develop your teaching expertise and to develop innovative teaching.

We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international talent to Durham. We, therefore, offer a reduced probation period of 1 year for our Assistant Professors and thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance, your position will be confirmed as permanent.

Assistant Professor in Statistics

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Statistics and/or Machine Learning, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.   The University aims to provides a working and teaching environment that is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities:
•    To pursue research that is high quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
•    To develop clear plans for the pursuit of national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement.
•    To play a role in relevant teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development.
•    Contribute to enhancing the quality of the research environment in the Department, the wider University and beyond through collaborative research activity.
•    Demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the administrative work, citizenship and values of the Department.
•    To deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment.
•    To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department.
•    To contribute to attracting and supervising research students, and to enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and inclusive postgraduate culture.
•    Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Contact Information
Department contact for academic-related enquiries – Professor Ian Jermyn (). Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application.

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).

How to Apply
We prefer to receive applications online. Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on 

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
•    A CV.
•    A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.
•    Personal research plan.(maximum 2 pages).
•    Two of your most significant pieces of written work.  Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since 2018, however work prior to 2018 may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks.
•    An EDI & values statement – (of no more than 500 words) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values. I.e. Involvement in quality, diversity, and inclusion activities such as mentoring, volunteering, or attending conferences.

Where possible we request that you provide accessible web links to your publications, which the hiring Department will use to access your work.  The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links. Please note we are unable to access publications behind a paywall.

In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

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