Endowed Professor of Statistics, Tenured

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Engineering & Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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The Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia (UVA), College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, invites applicants for the newly established Elcan Jefferson Scholars Foundation Distinguished Professorship (the position is tenured; the distinguished professorship is a five year renewable term). Candidates’ records are expected to be commensurate with this honor. All research areas in Statistics are considered. The Department is experiencing increased student demand in statistics research, particularly as motivated by its faculty’s diverse interdisciplinary collaborations, so we welcome those whose research and teaching span statistical methodology and computing across numerous disciplines. In addition, the University hosts several Grand Challenges; see research.virginia.edu/Grand-challenges. The Department has a concurrent search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, and both appointments begin in Fall 2022.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a related field, and an outstanding record of research, teaching, funding and creating and leading initiatives. The ideal candidate should demonstrate success in these areas: create and lead research initiatives, engage in opportunities for external funding to support research endeavors, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, advise Ph.D. students, and provide service to the department, university, professional organizations, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation by serving on Foundation selection committees, attending Foundation events, and helping the Foundation recruit Scholars and Fellows. We seek candidates dedicated to our mission and passionate about teaching and research in a world-class institution.

The Department of Statistics at UVA was established in 1989 and currently has 16 research and teaching faculty. Since 2014, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has made significant investments in the department, leading to a three-fold growth in faculty, a five-fold increase in undergraduate majors, and several new statistics courses, degree programs, and initiatives. Faculty and students work closely with biostatisticians in the adjacent School of Medicine, as well as with UVA’s Quantitative Collaborative (Social Sciences), School of Data Science, and other departments and schools; interests range from theoretical to applied statistics (including statistics in the physical, medical, and social sciences), with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations. All faculty supervise a growing number of students at all levels; we offer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Ph.D. degrees in Statistics.

Review of applications will begin December 13, 2021; candidates who apply by then will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and complete an application online. Attach, as a single pdf: Cover letter that includes past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture; CV; Research agenda, including potential collaborations at UVA; Teaching philosophy and experience; Contact information for at least 3 references.

For questions about the position, contact K. Kafadar, Search Chair, at kk3ab@virginia.edu.

For questions about the application process contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Adviser, rkh6j@virginia.edu.

Centrally located in Virginia, Charlottesville boasts a thriving intellectual community and cultural life, with easy access to recreational venues and convenient travel to Richmond, Washington D.C.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 orAskHR@virginia.edu to request assistance.

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