University of Exeter

Associate Professor or Professor in Mathematics and/or Statistics (E&R)

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Job reference P42965 

Date posted 24/06/2022

Application closing date 05/09/2022

Location Exeter

Salary Competitive Salary and benefits package

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Associate Professor or Professor in Mathematics and/or Statistics (E&R)

Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

The above role is available immediately on a full-time, permanent basis.

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a flagship interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Exeter comprising Mathematicians, Physicists, Engineers, Biologists and Biomedical scientists. The mission of the Institute is to decode the complexity of living systems across scales, from sub-molecular to organismal and from microbes to humans. Our primary goal is to understand and control individual and collective cell properties, extending to the formation and maintenance of complex tissues.

The role

We are seeking to appoint an individual with a programme of exceptional research in mathematical and/or statistical analysis of living systems. We are looking for research that develops and applies high dimensional data analysis techniques to understand mechanisms underpinning biological systems. These techniques may include topological data analysis, statistical and/or machine learning approaches. The post-holder will foster collaborations across a range of topics represented in the LSI, including for example, cell state transitions, single cell ‘omics, multicellular organisation, and cell motility.

The LSI is an interactive and collegiate research environment. Successful candidates will demonstrate how they can contribute to the vitality and success of the Institute.

The post will be based in the LSI and affiliated to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The post-holder will deepen research links between the Institute and the Department and will contribute to teaching in mathematics, statistics and data science.

About you

Candidates will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Mathematics or an allied discipline and an independent, internationally recognised research programme in mathematical and statistical analyses applied to biological mechanisms
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrated potential to attract such funding
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality research training
  • A strong potential for research leadership
  • A track record in refereed publications and success in significant grant capture

At Associate Professor level you will lead an internationally established research group with competitive publications and research grant funding. You will participate in the development and implementation of the LSI research strategy and training and will lead collaborative bids for research funds.

At Professor level you will head an internationally renowned research group with a strong track record of research funding, a sustained output of international quality publications and successful trainees, and the drive to pursue new research directions. You will contribute to research strategy and interdisciplinary innovation in the LSI. You will have a collaborative ethos and develop close interactions with experimentalists. You will promote the reputation and visibility of the LSI locally, nationally, and internationally. You will act as a mentor to other colleagues.

Please ensure you read the Job Description, Person Specification and LSI overview for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment above. 

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.


The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post please contact Prof Tsaneva-Anatasova (Assistant LSI Director)

We currently have four positions also out to advert in the Living Systems Institute: P44115 Professor in Biophysics (E&R), P42965 Associate Professor to Professor in Mathematics and/or Statistics (E&R), and P80322 (two roles available) Senior Lecturer to Professor in Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Biology (E&R).

 Please note that as of 1st September 2022 our colleges and schools will be moving into a new structure which will consist of the following three Faculties – Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, (to include the Business School) and Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Associate Professor or Professor in Mathematics and/or Statistics (E&R)
Prince of Wales Road Exeter, United Kingdom
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