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The London School of Economics and Political Science
1. TEMPORARY LECTURER IN STATISTICS
(2 Posts) (1 year fixed-contract)
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
Applications are invited for the above posts for appointment from
September 1999. You must have an interest in time series,
actuarial statistics, applied probability or social statistics.
Salary will be in the range of £18,789 to £31,182 pa inc.
If you would like to discuss the posts, please contact Dr Martin
Knott on 0171-955 7636.
For further details please phone 0171-955 6183 or email
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Closing date for applications is 23rd March 1999.
The LSE is committed to equal opportunities. The LSE is an
educational charity committed to excellence in teaching and
2. FURTHER PARTICULARS
We are looking for two full-time temporary Lecturers with an
interest in time series, actuarial statistics, applied probability
or social statistics.
The London School of Economics and Political Science is an
independent and autonomous institution with the status of a School
within the federal University of London. The School was founded
in 1895 and since 1901 has been incorporated under the Companies
Act as a company limited by guarantee. It occupies a compact site
in the heart of London close to Westminster, Whitehall, the City,
the Law Courts and the media. At present there are eighteen
academic departments, five interdisciplinary institutes and
several research centres. The School also houses the British
Library of Political and Economic Science, probably the finest
collection in the world of social science materials.
The School has approximately 7,000 students and is one of the
largest colleges in the University of London. About half of the
School's full-time students are post-graduate. The School employs
about 1,000 staff.
The Department of Statistics has 16 academic staff, several
research staff and 3 administrative support staff. Research
interests of staff are listed separately. The Department runs an
MSc in Statistics. At the undergraduate level, the Department
offers BSc degrees in Actuarial Science and in Business
Mathematics and Statistics. The Department has 11 students who
are working towards PhDs in areas of research including
multivariate time series models, robustness, regression
diagnostics, optimum experimental design, response errors in
surveys, census undercount, and volatility in financial markets.
The Department has a network of Sun SPARCstations 20. In addition
there is an extensive School network of IBM and Pentium machines,
both in staff offices and in teaching rooms.
The broad range of interests in the Department makes for a
stimulating environment and provides ample opportunity for
interaction at all levels of teaching and research. Generous
funding is available from the Staff Research Fund to aid research.
In addition, the Department plays an important role in the
intellectual life of the School and has contacts with many other
Departments. The Statistics Department has particularly close
links with the Departments of Economics, Mathematics and
Operational Research, and, through the Methodology Institute, with
the Departments of Sociology and Social Psychology.
The Department runs its own Departmental Seminars and is an active
member of the University of London's Statistics Seminar series and
the School's Econometric and Statistics Seminar series. Recent
visitors to the Department have included Alan Agresti and Karl
Any candidate who wishes to discuss relevant issues informally is
invited to contact Dr Martin Knott on 0171-955 7636 in the
Department of Statistics.
3. STATISTICS STAFF & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Professor Anthony Atkinson, Professor of Statistics: Regression
Diagnostics, Design of Experiments, Generalised Linear Models.
Mr David Balmer, Lecturer in Statistics: Simulation and Stochastic
Dr Gianni Betti, Lecturer in Statistics: Survey Design, Sample and
Dr Barry Blight, Lecturer in Statistics: Decision Theory, Time Series
Analysis, Model Fitting.
Dr Angelos Dassios, Lecturer in Actuarial Science: Deterministic
Markov Processes, Risk Theory, Financial Mathematics.
Mrs Jane Galbraith, Lecturer in Statistics (part-time): Survey Sampling,
Mr Michael Gilbert, Lecturer in Actuarial Science (part-time): Actuarial
Dr John Howard, Senior Lecturer in Operational Research and Statistics: Game
Theory, Social Choice, Decision Theory, Fundamentals of Statistical
Dr Ji-Wook Jang, Lecturer in Statistics: Risk Theory, Financial Mathematics.
Dr Martin Knott, Senior Lecturer in Statistics: Latent Variable
Models, Robustness, Optimisation Problems, Computing for
Dr Irini Moustaki, Lecturer in Statistics: Latent Variable Models,
Survey Methodology, Categorical Data.
Professor Ragnar Norberg, Professor of Statistics (full time in 2000):
Stochastic Processes, Actuarial Statistics.
Dr Jeremy Penzer, Lecturer in Statistics: Time Series, State Space Form,
Kalman Filter Smoother, Omitted Structure in Time Series.
Dr Celia Phillips, Lecturer in Statistics: Survey Methods, Market Research
Methods, Statistical Sources.
Mr Rajeev Shah, Lecturer in Actuarial Science: Financial Mathematics.
Dr Fiona Steele, Lecturer in Statistics and Statistical Methodology:
Multi-level Modelling, Event History Analysis, Demography, Categorical Data
Professor Howell Tong, Professor of Statistics, will
join the Department in October 1999.
Professor David Bartholomew, Emeritus Professor of Statistics:
Factor Analysis, Manpower Planning.
Professor Andrew Harvey, Professor of Econometrics: Econometrics
and Time Series Analysis.
4. DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION
This temporary lectureship is based in the Department of Statistics.
The Lecturer is responsible to the Director of the School via the Convener
the Department, who relies on the Professors and other senior staff within
the Department to advise him or her.
4.2. Main Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of a Lecturer at the LSE are as follows:
4.2.1 To contribute to the scholarship and intellectual life of the School
conducting research which will enhance the School's high reputation as a
research-led teaching institution. Publication of research in books and
in referees journals is particularly encouraged.
4.2.2 To engage in teaching as determined by the Convenor. The range of
duties may change from time to time. It is envisaged that the appointee may
involved in some of the following:
Statistical Methods for Social Research (UG)
Elementary Statistical Theory (UG)
Survival Models (UG)
Regression and Generalized Linear Models (UG)
Time Series and Forecasting (UG)
Further Sampling Theory (PG)
4.2.3 To take responsibility for the quality of teaching delivered and as
necessary seek further training, guidance and skills development to ensure
that standards are maintained and improved.
4.2.4 To manage as appropriate any grants which are secured, including the
recruitment and management of any additional research staff required to
the contracts, organising conferences, establishing contacts with the wider
academic community, and disseminating knowledge through public activities
which further enhance the scholarly reputation of the LSE.
4.2.5 To accept responsibility within the School; this involves
departmental administrative responsibilities in respect of student services,
student recruitment and advice as well as participating in aspects of School
governance on School committees.
4.2.6 To act as personal tutor to students allocated by the Convenor.
4.2.7 To select and supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as appropriate.
This job description sets out the requirements of the post at the time
it was drawn up, the details of the duties may change over time without
changing the general character and purpose of the post of Lecturer or the
level of responsibility encompassed.
4 March 1999