Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Astrostatistics
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, NZ
1d ago

What You Will Do

We invite applications for a full time continuing (i.e. permanent) position of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in the area of Astrostatistics / Astroinformatics.

The position is held jointly across the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, and the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

You will be required to undertake a range of teaching responsibilities in Astronomy / Astrophysics and Statistics / Data Science for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as supervise research (postgraduate) students and conduct research involving statistical analysis of large astronomical datasets.

You will be encouraged to conduct collaborative research with both internal and external stakeholders.

Mōu Who You Are

You will hold (or be near completing) a Ph.D. Degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Statistics, or a relevant discipline. Ideally, you will have an internationally recognised research record, which is demonstrated by a strong record of recent, high quality publications.

You will display expert knowledge in a field of Astronomy requiring statistical knowledge at an advanced level. There is a preference for candidates with capability in Astrostatistics related to stellar or galactic studies, and who will make use of the University of Canterbury's Ōtehīwai Mt John Observatory.

You will have, or be able to acquire, the ability to work with advanced telescopes and other equipment.

You will have an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching, at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. This teaching will be evenly split between Astronomy and Statistics.

You will have a willingness to develop innovative and effective teaching methods, which enable a wide range of learners.

You will have an active commitment to bringing the Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it applies to astronomy into your teaching.

If applying for Senior Lecturer, you will ideally have demonstrated a background in supervising final year undergraduate projects, Masters and Ph.

D. students. An ability in collaborating with others in the University, as well as an interest in contributing to School and University activities is desired.

Mahi Ngātahi Who You Will Work With

The use of Statistics in Astronomy at UC is well established, and a growing interdisciplinary research area. It is supported by two strong forward looking Schools with substantial expertise in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Statistics, Data Science, Mathematics and other areas.

The University's Ōtehīwai Mt John Observatory is in a world-class dark sky reserve and houses four research telescopes, including a 1.

8 m with wide-field imager and the 1 m McLellan Telescope with fibre-fed echelle spectrograph. In-kind access is in progress with Rubin Observatory's LSST.

Overall, the position provides a superb environment for someone who is passionate about research in astrostatistics, and keen on integrating our research facilities with major multinational projects.

Both Schools have a wide range of teaching commitments, from high-level specialist courses in Astronomy and Statistics, to large service teaching courses to engineering, science, commerce and other students from across the University.

In addition, we are at the forefront of developing online and blended learning courses at UC, including STAR courses for high-school students.

We aspire to be a productive, dynamic, and inspiring community committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which students and staff alike can flourish.

For more about Te Kura Matū School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, please visit our website.

For more about Te Kura Pāngarau School of Mathematics and Statistics, please visit our website.

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