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Positions available in Statistics

5 April 2019

We are seeking to enhance our research strength in Statistics by advertising several academic positions, including a new Chair in Statistics. For the Chair would welcome applications from candidates whose research could link with existing strengths in St Andrews, including ecological or environmental statistics and the cognate areas of biostatistics and experimental design. For appointments in the area of statistical ecology, we would welcome applicants with a background in either statistics or ecology, whose research includes statistical ecology. However, our primary objective is to appoint an outstanding candidate whatever their research area.

Our primary strength in statistics has been in statistical ecology, centred on the world-leading Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM). Most CREEM staff are statisticians in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, but there are also strong links with the School of Biology, and with Computer Science.  The University recently appointed a Professor of Statistics in Bioscience, as a joint post between the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Medicine.  The statistics group has world-leading expertise in experimental design and has growing links with the School of Computer Science in data science research, with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and with the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. There are also opportunities for collaboration with pure and applied mathematics research groups, including our Research Group in Mathematical Biology, which was established in 2015 with the appointment of the Gregory Chair in Applied Mathematics.

We have strong Masters programmes in Statistics and in Applied Statistics and Data Mining (approx. 20 students per year), and a new Masters programme in Data-intensive Analysis jointly with the School of Computer Science. The School also plans to launch MScs in Statistical Ecology and in Mathematical Biology from 2020/21 and are contributing to a new interdisciplinary MSc in Conservation Science.

We will also be appointing:

  • a Reader/Senior Lecturer in Statistics;

  • a 4-year fixed-term Associate Lecturer (Education focussed) in Statistics;

  • a 1-year fixed-term Associate Lecturer (Education focussed) in Statistics.
    We anticipate that one of these posts may be linked to the new Chair and that the new Chair will be involved in the appointment for this post. For the 1-year position, there may be prospects for continuation beyond that period.

Further details on the Chair position are available here:

Details on the Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Statistics are available here:

Details on the 4-year fixed term Associate Lecturer position are here:

Details on the 1-year fixed term Associate Lecturer position are here:

Closing date for applications to all of these positions is 26 April 2019

For informal enquiries, we encourage those considering applying to contact the Head of School, Professor Mark Chaplain (, the Deputy Head of School, Professor Ineke De Moortel ( and/or Head of Statistics, Dr Janine Illian ( to discuss possibilities.