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University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 1418213
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Statistics

Statistics: Visiting Assistant Professor (Open until filled. Apply by 4/12/19 for full consideration)

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 13th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Apr 12, 2019 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: Monday, Jul 1, 2019 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.


The Department of Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor. We seek outstanding applicants whose research complements our existing strengths in the areas of Statistics and Data Science. We are particularly interested in candidates who have expertise in the formulation and application of modern statistical models and methods for the analysis of large-dimensional data, hierarchical models and related methods for the quantification of uncertainty using probabilistic tools. Candidates should have a working knowledge of the theory and practice of modern statistical methodology that includes the formulation and application of statistical models for the analysis of data variability and the quantification of uncertainty using probabilistic tools. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain research programs; to teach, mentor, and advise students at the graduate and undergraduate level individually and in the classroom; to contribute significantly to graduate education; and, to perform university and professional service.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The newly formed Department of Statistics is part of the Baskin School of Engineering. The department has been established by the statistics group of the former Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department. The group has been present on campus since 2000, and has built a stellar reputation for its dynamism and innovation. Our graduate program has a steady throughput of professionals that perform brilliantly in academia, industry and government, and currently has about 40 students. Research and instruction are supported by excellent facilities in the breathtaking environment of our campus. There are strong opportunities to collaborate with colleagues within the department as well as in the other existing programs in the School of Engineering, including Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computational Media, and Applied Mathematics, who work in a collegial and supportive environment. More widely, our campus offers fertile grounds for scientific research in physical, biological and social sciences. Given the proximity of the campus to Silicon Valley, there are multiple opportunities for collaboration with investigators working on cutting edge science and engineering problems in institutions and companies in the area. Examples of these are NASA Ames, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service of NOAA, Google, e-Bay, and The Climate Corporation, among others. The candidate will have the opportunity to leverage the positive environment of the statistics department to advance a professional focus on high quality teaching and cutting-edge research.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Statistics or closely related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2019
  • Demonstrated record of research and teaching

July 1, 2019 (with academic year beginning September 2019).Degree must be completed by June 30, 2019 for employment beyond July 1, 2019.

Initial appointment will be fulltime for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00692-19T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (required). See guidelines on diversity statements at
  • Statement of research plans (required)
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience (required)
  • 1-3 selected publications (a minimum of one is required and a maximum of three will be accepted)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include thee confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by April 12, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research or teaching. See guidelines on diversity statements at
  • Statement of research plans
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience
  • Sample publication
  • Sample publication (Optional)
  • Sample publication (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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