Imperial College Of Science, Technology and Medicine

Lectureship in Statistics

£18,731 - £30,967 p.a. plus London Allowance of £2,134.

Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Statistics, with effect from 1 March 2001, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants should have research strength in some branch of Statistics or Applied Probability and be able to teach students in the Mathematics Department and to provide statistical ancillary teaching to other Departments within the College. The Statistics Section was rated 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise. Medical and Environmental Science expansion at Imperial College both offer a wealth of opportunities for substantive statistical involvement.

Applications, in the form of a CV, and including a list of publications and the names of three referees should be sent to Ms E Rowley, Mathematics Department, Imperial College, 180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ (email A formal application form is not issued. For an informal discussion about the position, contact Professor D J Hand on For further information visit and

Closing date: 24 November 2000


Lectureship in Statistics
(October 2000)

Further Particulars

The Department of Mathematics at Imperial College is one of the largest in the UK, with 50 academic staff (including 19 Professors), some 17 Research Associates/Fellows, and a steady flow of international visitors. In addition, the Department is fortunate in having a number of eminent Emeritus Professors and Senior Research Fellows who play a continuing role in the research life of the Department.

The Department acts as a unified whole in most respects, but for organisational convenience is broken into sections with distinctive research directions: Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Physics, and Pure Mathematics.

The Statistics Section, rated 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise, currently has 2 Professors (David Hand, Andrew Walden), 2 Visiting Professors (Adrian Smith, John Nelder), 1 Senior Lecturer (Rodney Coleman), 5 Lecturers (Dave Stephens, Dave Denison, Emma McCoy, Chris Holmes, Lynda White), with a new Reader (Martin Crowder) joining us in January. There are currently 16 postgraduate students and 4 postdoctoral staff. Research areas include Bayesian theory and computation, genetics, time series and spectral analysis, wavelets, hierarchical models, classification methods, and areas at the interface between statistics and computing. Application areas of particular interest include medicine, bioinformatics, finance, and data mining. Significant research funding is contributed by industrial sponsors, as well as by the research councils. We have recently launched a new initiative to extend those aspects of our teaching related to actuarial work.

The Mathematics Department has its own excellent library facilities. Substantial computing power is available to faculty and postgraduates and all members of the Faculty can expect an ethernet-connected machine in their office. The Statistics Section has its own cluster of SUN workstations with extensive software. The Department's Computer Officer provides technical support for computer users and runs a surgery for those with computer problems, but the Statistics Section also has its own computer support staff. The College also has a central advisory service, including a telephone helpline.

The Department is also responsible for a large undergraduate teaching programme that has two distinct parts. Within the Department, it teaches a three-year Mathematics degree to around 300 students. It has been one of the first to implement a four-year undergraduate degree, in addition to a new undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Optimization and Statistics. Externally, the Department is responsible for the ancillary teaching of Mathematics and Statistics to the other departments of the College. This responsibility is an important one, and although a member of the Statistics Section might expect a good proportion of his or her teaching to be to mathematics undergraduates, he or she would be expected to undertake ancillary teaching as requested.

Imperial College is one of the premier scientific Higher Education Institutions in the UK. The recent establishment of Medical Sciences on the South Kensington site will further enhance the dynamic and progressive scientific atmosphere. The Statistics Section of the Mathematics Department is establishing strong links with the medical statisticians (Sylvia Richardson has recently been appointed to the Chair of Biostatistics), with shared teaching and joint research projects in progress.

The College recruits high quality students to virtually all of its courses and correspondingly seeks to appoint staff of the highest calibre. It is currently College policy that able staff can be entered into the University promotion procedure on merit, rather than be constrained by financial quotas.