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Vacancy for Associate Lecturer (Education Focused) in Statistics

24 February 2021

This is a 4-year fixed-term post, with a possible promotion after 2 years. We are looking for an outstanding teacher in Statistics to join us in delivering our highly-rated programme of teaching at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level. For post-holders wishing to pursue a combined research and teaching track, and demonstrating suitable research potential, there is the option of a standard lecturer position after 2 years.

We welcome applications from candidates who hold, or will shortly hold, a PhD in Statistics or a closely-related discipline; have teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level; have experience applying relevant analytical skills and teaching techniques to a wide range of learners; have good communication skills and share our desire to educate and inform students. Experience in statistics module development and/or in problem-based learning methods will be an advantage, as will demonstrable ability to work in a team.

The post-holder will teach modules in statistics that may be at a range of levels from first year undergraduate to taught Masters level. They will also supervise final-year undergraduate and Masters dissertation projects; these latter projects take place over the summer.

Conditional on performance, we anticipate offering promotion to a higher grade after 2 years. This would be either Lecturer (Education Focused) or Lecturer (Education and Research), depending on the preference of the post-holder and their suitability for these roles. The post is intended to cover a 4-year teaching replacement, which may itself be renewed, and so there is the possibility of a longer-term position with the School.

For informal enquiries, we encourage those considering applying to contact the Head of School, Professor Mark Chaplain ( and/or the Joint Heads of Statistics, Professor Len Thomas ( and Professor Andy Lynch ( and/or Director of Teaching, Dr. Antonia Wilmot-Smith ( to discuss possibilities.

We are fully committed to equality and diversity in our recruitment and employment policies. We operate family-friendly hours for core meetings and are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements for staff.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are underrepresented in academic posts at the University.

The University of St Andrews is committed to equality for all, demonstrated though our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter and Stonewall). More details can be found at

Please quote ref: AOAC5747RXSB

Closing Date: 3 March 2021

Interview Date: 8 April 2021

Further Particulars: AOAC5747RXSB FPs.doc

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Start: 2 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed term for 4 years