Rice University, Statistics

Position ID: RiceStat-AAP [#23719]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Statistics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Houston, Texas 77005, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Statistics, Data Science
Application Deadline: 2023/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/01, listed until 2024/05/01)
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Position Description

The Department of Statistics at Rice University, located in Houston, TX, seeks applications for one faculty position at the tenure-track assistant professor level or tenured associate professor level with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. The Department of Statistics at Rice University is dedicated to the advancement of the scientific discipline of Statistics and Data Science, the innovative application of statistical science to meet modern scientific, engineering and societal challenges, the expert education of students in statistics and other disciplines, and leadership in the statistical sciences, at the local, national and international levels.

Candidates are expected to have a research interest in the general areas of statistics and data science. The Department seeks to identify an outstanding candidate with highly technical skills, strong evidence of creativity and innovation, a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, and a serious commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, service and diversity.

The Department of Statistics has strengths in Bayesian statistics, decision theory, machine learning, numerical optimization, multivariate analysis, dependent data (functional, times series, spatial), discrete data analysis, data science, applied probability and stochastic processes, high-dimensional probability, and modeling. The faculty also have significant expertise in many application areas. Of special interest is the biomedical domain as we are located across the street from the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. This includes biostatistics, bioinformatics, systems biology, mathematical oncology, human health sciences, neuroscience, and environmental health. Other major application areas are urban analytics, environmental science, materials, finance, economics, astronomy, agronomy, physics and social sciences. More information about the Department of Statistics is available at https://statistics.rice.edu/.

The selected candidate will be expected to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses within their expertise; perform high-quality research in their specialized area and present findings from their research in peer-reviewed publications and conferences; establish a strong research program supported by extramural funding; be involved in service to the university and broader scientific community; and collaborate with faculty in diverse disciplines. The successful candidate will be required to have a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

We seek greater representation of women, scholars of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who have historically been underrepresented in Statistics; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

About Rice University

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


A Ph.D. in Statistics or related field must be conferred by November 1 of the year employment commences. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is required of all applicants.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will commence November 15, 2023, and candidates are encouraged to apply early in order to be given full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until December 31, 2023.

To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, and (5) statement of past and planned contributions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In addition, candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information for 3-5 references, who will be solicited for letters of recommendation at the time of application.

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Postal Mail:
Rice University
Department of Statistics, MS-138
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Web Page: https://statistics.rice.edu/