Professor

University of Warwick
Coventry, UK
Competitive Salary
Ref: 34922-119

This is an opportunity to join Warwick Department of Statistics at the Professor level. Warwick Statistics is one of the world’s most research-active and prominent probability and statistics departments, with strong ties to Warwick Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science (all three departments co-located in the same connected group of buildings).

We are looking for a world-leading academic researcher in Probability Theory broadly understood. In addition to offering a stimulating research environment in probability, the department offers unique opportunities for collaborations in Statistics, Data Science and Mathematical Finance.

You will be a leader in modern probability theory with an outstanding track record of research publications and in obtaining research funding. You will be expected to participate actively in the academic life of the department and further develop the research group in Probability at Warwick.

JOB PURPOSE

You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities which support the work of the Department of Statistics and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally to the University.

Research

1. To build a strong research group in a relevant sub-discipline within and beyond the Department, working individually and collaboratively on research of world-leading quality, and thereby strengthening research leadership in the Department.
2. To maintain a position of research leadership, nationally and internationally, as well as within the University.
3. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets.
4. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences and to contribute to the external visibility and excellent reputation of the Department and the University.
5. To seek, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda.
6. To manage research projects within the University, including their financial control and to supervise post-doctoral research assistants, research students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.
7. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and where appropriate and with the assistance of the Research and Impact Services, take appropriate action to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected for the benefit of the University and the researcher.
8. To contribute to the research plans developed by the Department including providing such information as may be required.
9. Provided it fits within your research agenda, to plan or pursue research with an impact on society and to aid in further developing the impact and benefits to society arising from that research.

Teaching

1. To teach and supervise in statistics and probability. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations and to supervise project work by postgraduate and undergraduate students.
2. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum, and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate.
3. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examinations, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high-quality teaching.
4. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarships in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University.

Administration and other Activities

1. To undertake such specific roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department.
2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the Department, the Faculty and the University.
3. To engage in continuous professional development
4. To undertake external commitments which maintain and enhance the reputation of the Department and the University.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

1. Possession of a PhD or equivalent in an appropriate subject (a)
2. A well-established track record of high-quality research and publication in leading, peer-reviewed journals in relevant areas, including clear evidence of world-leading work in one or more areas of research (a & c)
3. International research leadership and strong research record in Probability (a, c & d)
4. Ability and willingness to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc.) to support research projects (a &c)
5. Ability to initiate development in the curriculum and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient delivery of teaching programmes (a, c & d)
6. Effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a, c & d)
7. Excellent interpersonal skills (a, c & d)
8. Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research and teaching programmes (a & c)
9. Proven experience in Higher Education (a, c & d)
10. Track record of winning substantial research funds and successfully managing research projects (a & c)
11. Ability to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students in lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes (a, c & d)

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Informal enquires can be addressed to Professors Jon Forster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Gareth Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Saul Jacka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Wilfrid Kendall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to any other senior member of the Warwick Statistics Department.

Closing date: 17 January 2020.

It is expected that interviews will take place in February 2020.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.

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