NSF Postdoctoral Fellow Position Announcement

Unique Opportunity for Recent Statistics or Biostatistics Ph.D.s for Teaching and Research

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 10, Number 2 (Fall 2004)

This two-year NSF-sponsored postdoctoral position will provide recent PhDs in statistics or biostatistics a unique opportunity to teach and conduct research at an undergraduate institution. Successful candidates will serve as a mentor and role model for enthusiastic undergraduates. Unlike entry-level tenure-track positions at most teaching institutions, this position offers a two-year half time teaching and half time research assignment. In addition to gaining teaching experience, the Fellow will have opportunities to mentor student researchers, work on their own research, and participate as an associate of a newly established Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR). The Fellow will be mentored and supported by two doctoral level statisticians and a department of experienced, dedicated professors. A variety of new hires in response to a commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations make for a stimulating, productive environment with opportunities in a variety of fields. The Fellow will be teaching 4 statistics courses each year at all levels including a capstone seminar for students concentrating in statistics during their second year. The Fellow will also benefit from annual reviews of their teaching and receive assistance in their search for a tenure-track position after their association with St. Olaf. Money to travel to appropriate meetings and workshops will be available.

Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, 2 year NSF post-doctoral fellow, beginning September 1, 2005.

Review of completed applications will begin on October 1, 2004, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should provide a curriculum vita, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy and a summary of research interests and goals,.  In addition, applicants should have letters of reference sent by three persons who are well acquainted with the applicant's professional qualifications, at least one of which addresses the applicant's teaching performance and potential. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:

Julie Legler, Sc. D.
Director, Statistics Program
Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
1520 St.Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057
voice: (507) 646-3573
fax: (507) 646-3116

The St. Olaf Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) is one of five departments within the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics.  The Department graduates approximately 60 mathematics majors and 16 statistics concentrators each year. From 1991-200, approximately 50 St. Olaf students went on to earn a PhD in mathematics or statistics, ranking first among all Undergraduate Liberal Arts (UGLA) schools, eleventh among all schools (NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2001).

The MSCS Department has a faculty of 24 including two doctoral level statisticians who lead the Statistics Program. We have had a statistics concentration (similar to a minor) for over twenty years and offer several upper-level courses annually. We have a long-standing, robust undergraduate research program in the sciences. For the last twelve years, with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and other sources, we have had approximately forty undergraduate research students (under the supervision of twenty-five faculty) in the natural sciences each summer. An NSF grant for the Statistics Program totaling $1.3 million will allow statistics students to join these interdisciplinary research teams following preparation and collaboration during the academic year. International study programs are also a source of research collaborations; nearly two-thirds of each graduating class study abroad including a biostatistics interim to Geneva to work with WHO researchers and a program in South India.

St. Olaf College, located approximately 35 miles south of the downtown areas of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 40 miles north of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is a highly selective, private liberal arts college enrolling approximately 3000 students. General information about the College and its academic programs may be found at http://www.stolaf.edu.  Detailed information about the MSCS Department and the NSF Center for Interdisciplinary Research may be found at http://www.stolaf.edu/people/legler/. See the link labeled PP.

A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its students, faculty and staff.  Applications by women and minorities are encouraged.

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