Lecturer in Social Statistics and Data Science
University of Southampton - Social Statistics & Demography
United Kingdom

The Department of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton invites applications for a Lectureship post from candidates with high levels of technical expertise in statistics and wider data science, and a commitment to excellence in research and teaching.


Applications are welcome from outstanding candidates with experience in technical aspects of statistics (including applied statistics, official statistics, and statistical modelling), machine learning, data analytics, or other aspects of data science. The post holder must have a PhD or an equivalent level qualification in one of these areas, or in a related discipline with a strong analytical focus, and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria detailed in the job description. 


The post-holder will be required to contribute to the teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department, focusing on statistics and data science. The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate existing and develop new teaching modules, with special focus on methodological courses at the Department and the wider Faculty of Social Sciences; to contribute to our postgraduate and continuing professional development programmes in social/official statistics and data science; to contribute to the supervision of postgraduate students; and to carry out administrative duties within the Department and the Faculty. 


The successful candidate will be additionally expected to engage in advanced study and research, including the publication of research results in peer-reviewed international journals, and demonstrate leadership in seeking research funding. In particular, the post-holder be able to demonstrate a strong, REF-ready, research portfolio, and will be also expected to start contributing to research income generation and enterprise activities, for example through delivering professional courses on statistical and data science methods and their applications. 


The post is available on a full-time basis from 1 December 2019, and the successful candidate will be expected to start not later than on 1 February 2020 (non-negotiable). The post is permanent, subject to satisfactory completion of a two-year probationary period. 


The Department of Social Statistics and Demography at Southampton has world class research expertise in demography, statistical modelling, survey methodology, official statistics, global health and social policy, and takes a strategic role in the development and promotion of the use of quantitative methods in the social sciences. The members of the Department contribute significantly to the research activities at the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI), the ESRC Centre for Population Change, National Centre for Research Methods, and Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy. We offer an exciting and supportive place to work, with opportunities for further career progression. Details of academic programmes, research and staff profiles are available at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/demography/.


The deadline for applications is 4 October 2019. Informal enquiries may be made to Professors Ann Berrington and Jakub Bijak, joint Heads of the Department of Social Statistics and Demography, by email: A.Berrington@soton.ac.uk and J.Bijak@soton.ac.uk.  


Interviews will be held the last week of October 2019.


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