University of California, Santa Cruz, Statistics Department

Position ID: 2769-SDVAP [#24321]
Position Title: Statistics Department: Visiting Assistant Professor
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States
Application Deadline: 2024/06/28 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/02/13)
Position Description:    

Statistics Department: Visiting Assistant Professor

Position overview
Position title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is an annual salary of $105,000.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with fall quarter beginning September 2024. Appointments are contingent upon availability of funding. The degree must be in hand by June 30, 2024 for employment beginning on July 1, 2024 and beyond.

Position duration: Initial appointment will be 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.

Application Window

Open date: February 8, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Mar 11, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 28, 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 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 with research expertise in statistical methods that incorporate model development integrating subject-matter information, computational inference techniques, predictive approaches, optimal decision-making, and probabilistic quantification of uncertainty. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain research programs; to teach, mentor, and advise students at the graduate and undergraduate levels individually and in the classroom; to contribute significantly to graduate education; and to perform university and professional service.

The Department of Statistics is part of the Baskin School of Engineering and has a stellar reputation for its dynamism and innovation in interdisciplinary research. Our graduate program has a steady throughput of professionals that perform brilliantly in academia, industry and government, and currently has about 30 students. Our school has nationally and internationally known researchers in many areas. UC Santa Cruz is a member of the AAU, an association of the top research universities in the US. Our campus is the nearest University of California campus to Silicon Valley and has close research ties with the local computer industry. Nestled in a redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz, our campus has a long history of embracing groundbreaking interdisciplinary work. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, and our satellite campus there, afford opportunities and avenues for collaboration with researchers working in the many research and development labs in Silicon Valley, as well as with the other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education and have engaged in teaching, research, professional, and/or public service contributions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. These can take a variety of forms such as, but not limited to, effective pedagogical strategies used for the educational advancement of students in underrepresented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of access and equal opportunity in education; and participation in activities that support the recruitment, retention, and success of scholars and students.

Statistics Department:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in statistics, or a closely related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2024.
  • Demonstrated record of research.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching at the college level (experience as a teaching assistant at the college level is a minimum requirement).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching Interests and Experience
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.
  • Sample Publication
  • Sample Publication (Optional)
  • Sample Publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Applications must include 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
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About UC Santa Cruz

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) 459-2686.

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 The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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