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Open Rank Professor in Data Science – Department of Statistics & Applied Probability

Position overview

Position title: Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor
Salary range: The posted UC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 1 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $100,000-$150,000 at the Assistant level, $120,000-$175,000 at the Associate level, and $130,000 - $300,000 at the Professor level. Offscale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide minimum salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Anticipated start: July, 1st 2024 or later

Application Window

Open date: December 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jan 26, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position.

We are looking for individuals with a strong research agenda in Statistics with an emphasis on Data Science and demonstrated research and potential for teaching excellence. A record of (or potential for) collaborative research that leverages synergies within the Department and Division or links to the campus Data Science initiative is desired.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

About the Department

Established in 1989, the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability (PSTAT) is a diverse community engaged in education and research. Our 35 faculty members (permanent and visiting) are actively involved in interdisciplinary research spanning Financial Mathematics, Data Science, Actuarial Science, Theoretical Statistics, Applied Probability, Applied Statistics, and Biostatistics. We actively recruit the highest-quality faculty and graduate students. The Department offers Bachelor's programs in Statistics & Data Science, Actuarial Science, and Financial Mathematics & Statistics and counts more than 2000 undergraduate Majors. We are also home to more than 100 graduate students in programs including BS/MS in Actuarial Science, MA in Applied Statistics, and PhD in Statistics and Applied Probability. For more information on the department, please visit the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability Website

Benjamin Banneker Initiative:

In 2023-24, UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, antiracist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Banneker Initiative proposes to hire scientists, engineers and interdisciplinary scholars as UCSB faculty, whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work shares Banneker’s concerns as an African American scientist, especially his desire to advance scientific and engineering knowledge for the public good. 

With the goal of creating a diverse community around such concerns, applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success
Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation, in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or related areas at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD required by start date of the appointment

Preferred qualifications

A demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a record of (or potential for) excellent teaching are desired. Successful candidates will have a record of (or potential for) collaborative research, and will be able to leverage synergies within the Department and Division, or link to the campus Data Science initiative.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Cover Letter should include any contributions to campus-wide initiatives and how you might contribute intellectually and educationally to the campus-wide UCSB Data Science initiative and the Departmental mission.

  • Statement of Research - Statement of Research should address past research accomplishments, current work, and/or future research plans and their connection to the department and the specific search area for this position.

  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement should clearly address pedagogical ideology and methods, experience with curricular design, and demonstrate a record of pedagogical creativity.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement of Contributions to Diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Teaching Evaluations - Past teaching evaluations can be submitted optionally.

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

Applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3-4 references. At least 1 reference should be able to address the applicant's teaching in the case that letters of recommendation are requested. References will only be contacted if the applicant is invited to interview in-person.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA