Tibra Chair In Mathematical Sciences


  • 5-year Professorial Research Fellowship (full time)

This prestigious named Professorial Research Fellowship has been created through a major philanthropic gift from the Tibra Foundation to the University of Wollongong. The shared vision of both organisations is to build an internationally recognised hub of excellence in mathematical and statistical sciences at the University.

The Chair will establish and lead a world-leading research program in the area of computational Bayesian statistics and applications. The newly created Chair will also be encouraged to develop enhanced collaboration with UOW’s School of Computer and Information Sciences and its SMART Infrastructure facility, and to participate in the Data and Decision Sciences Network.

The Chair will contribute to the Tibra Foundation’s mission of promoting the critical role of Maths and Stats in society, and UOW’s teaching and research programs in mathematical sciences through outreach activities, including public lectures and prize-award events, and through participation in and organisation of scientific events. The successful candidate\ will contribute to SMAS’ teaching through a light load of higher-level relevant undergraduate, honours and masters topics, and undertake some undergraduate and postgraduate research supervision. They will contribute to the promotion of mathematical and statistical skills and thinking in the wider community through mentoring of nominated scholars.

The position will be based in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS), and the Professorial Fellow will be a member of UOW’s high performing National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA). SMAS has significant research strength in each of Pure Mathematics, Applied and Financial Mathematics, and Applied Statistics, contributing to UOW’s position in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Our research capacity in Statistics is housed in NIASRA, which incorporates five research centres: the Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics; Centre for Environmental Informatics; the Centre for Sample Survey Methodology; the Statistical Consulting Centre; and the newly established Centre for Health and Social Analytics. NIASRA’s objective is to achieve excellence in applied statistics research by undertaking high-quality and high-impact research, consulting, and professional education and training in advanced statistical methodology.

You will be prompted to respond to a selection criteria questionnaire as part of the application process.

For further information about this position, please contact Senior Professor Aidan Sims (Head of School) on +61 2 4221 5003 or +61 418 122 888, or at asims@uow.edu.au.

Gender equity in the mathematical sciences is genuinely important to us. We strongly encourage women to apply for this Chair. Approximately 33% of current SMAS staff are women—we aim for 50%.

The University of Wollongong is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, we celebrate diversity and inclusion, and believe gender equality is fundamental to achieving our goal of being in the top 1%. The University seeks to increase the representation of women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) to address gender imbalance. As a recognised leader in gender equality, we offer professional development programs and promote a healthy work life balance.

Reference Number: 200971