Simon Fraser University, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Position ID: SFUStatActSci-LEC [#17048]
Position Title: Lecturer
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6, Canada [map]
Subject Area: Statistics
Application Deadline: 2021/03/14 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/12/15, finished 2021/06/15, listed until 2021/06/15)
Position Description:    

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At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement lies Simon Fraser University, Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey - our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU excellence as an engaged university is derived from our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation.

The Opportunity

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University invites applications for two full-time positions as Lecturer to commence September 1, 2021. The Department is recognized for its research in statistical modeling and mathematical statistics, and their applications and the breadth and quality of the statistics training it provides to the University community. The Department engages 24 research-active faculty members who study and apply modern statistical and data sciences and actuarial science research and 2 teaching faculty who provide innovative, effective instruction in modern statistics and actuarial science. The Department is committed to the establishment of an equitable, diverse and inclusive operating environment and diversification of its faculty community as a critically important ingredient for pursuing its educational, research, and service missions.

Qualified candidates will have an active interest and demonstrated effectiveness in teaching undergraduate Statistics and enthusiasm for pedagogical innovations and curriculum development including development of innovative course materials. The record of qualified candidates will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in Statistical Sciences at the time of appointment;
  • Mastery of undergraduate and masters level statistics;
  • Instructional experience at the university level;
  • Competency with instructional technology and statistical computing packages including R;
  • Commitment to the development of pedagogical approaches and course materials that increase inclusion and success for students from diverse backgrounds, including those from Canada’s most marginalized communities;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to navigate a multi-tasking environment;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and commitment to respectful interactions with students, faculty and staff;
  • Ability to mentor and advise undergraduate students in statistical sciences studies and graduate student teaching assistants in instructional duties.

How To Apply

To apply, applicants must:

  • Provide a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, including how the candidate will contribute to SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Indicate their status in the cover letter as to whether they are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • Provide graduate school transcripts;
  • Provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • Provide a teaching portfolio including a two-page statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and strengths that addresses the issues of creating an environment that promotes inclusivity and student success.
  • Request three letters of reference that address the job qualifications.

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Screening of applications will commence on March 15, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to the Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Dr. Tim Swartz, care of the Chair’s Secretary, Jay Young at  To receive full consideration, applications should be received by March 15, 2021, at which time, screening of applicants will commence.

In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice:

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Simon Fraser University
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6

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