Senior lecturer in statistics

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-03816/2022

We are looking for a senior lecturer in statistics for a permanent position at Örebro University School of Business.

Background

Örebro University School of Business is host to the department of statistics at Örebro University and offers courses and study programmes in statistics at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. In addition to the Bachelor’s Programme in Statistics, courses are offered on the Programme for Business and Economics, on several social science programmes, as well as on programmes within healthcare, natural sciences and engineering. At the master’s level, a two-year study programme in statistics, which has been awarded ‘European Master in Official Statistics’ (EMOS) by Eurostat, is also offered. The master’s programme offers specialisation towards econometrics or data science. The department also offers courses on the Master’s Programme in Economics and Econometrics, and the Master’s Programme in Finance.

Within the department, research is mainly conducted with a focus on econometrics, time series analysis, Bayesian statistics, as well as survey methodology and statistics production. Research is undertaken with close links to applied fields, including collaborations with Statistics Sweden and the department of economics at the university.

Duties and responsibilities

This appointment as senior lecturer is combined with a fixed-term appointment as head of the division for statistics. The role as head of division is part-time, corresponding to 50% of full-time working hours. Normally, an appointment as head of division is for a term of 3 years with a possibility for extension.

At Örebro University, a senior lecturer is expected to spend their working hours on teaching at all levels, research, and any associated public engagement activities. In addition to education, research and collaboration, duties and responsibilities include development work, administration and continuing professional development. Moreover, teaching encompasses supervision, examination, course development, planning and evaluation.

As head of division at the School of Business, you are expected to assist the head of school and to work together with other heads of division. You are expected to contribute to the operations and cater for developments within the university as a whole. In undertaking their duties and responsibilities, our heads of division are assisted by various support functions. Within the school, these include the school management team, heads of subject and programme coordinators. At a central administrative level, the support available includes leadership training as well as HR and finance support.

Your role as head of division for statistics entails:

  • being responsible, based on directives given by the head of school, for the quality, staff and finance of the division,
  • being responsible for planning and overseeing staffing among the division’s teaching staff,
  • actively participating in recruitment matters within the division,
  • conducting reviews of employee performance and salaries with the members of staff within the division,
  • being responsible for systematic work environment management within the division in accordance with the distribution of responsibilities that apply,
  • leading and sending out invitations to department/divisional meetings or similar,
  • promoting an environment defined by gender equality and equal opportunities, and
  • collaborating with programme coordinator(s) and head(s) of subject on matters such as the development, pedagogy and quality of the subject.

Qualifications

Those qualified for appointment as a senior lecturer are applicants who have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a doctoral degree in the subject matter or have the corresponding research competence or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the position and the duties that it will involve.

A general eligibility criterion for teaching staff at Örebro University is that they have completed courses on teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to 10 weeks. Knowledge and skills equivalent to such courses may also be assessed to establish whether these provide eligibility.

Assessment criteria

When appointing teaching staff, both the applicant’s research expertise and their teaching expertise will be assessed, and they are to be given equal attention. The assessment is also to consider the applicant’s qualifications and experience from collaboration with the wider community of which the university is a part, as well as national and international experience and mobility.

In terms of research specialisation, the person we are looking for is expected to contribute to the research environment within the department’s research profiles. In addition to volume and quality of research production, we value a demonstrated ability to apply for and secure research grants. Teaching expertise as well as teaching qualifications and experience are to be well-documented in a teaching portfolio.

A documented good ability to teach and communicate in Swedish is required, as is an excellent ability to cooperate and an ability to engage and collaborate both within and outside of the university.

General assessment criteria include the ability to communicate and disseminate information; collaborate and engage with the wider community; facilitate utilisation of the university’s research; and an ability and suitability for cooperating with other members of staff and contributing to the development of university operations.

Research expertise

Research expertise is to be demonstrated through independent research contributions and continued scientific publishing following the award of the doctoral degree. Importance shall also be attached to the candidate’s establishment in the research community as well as to their experience of planning, administrating, and leading their own research. Research within machine learning and/or AI is considered a particular advantage.

Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise is to be demonstrated through varying degrees of contributions within teaching, such as planning, execution, evaluation and supervision. The applicant must be able to account for their teaching outlook and approach and have the ability to reflect on their own pedagogical development as well as on the teacher’s role. The applicant is also expected to have contributed to educational development.

When assessing teaching expertise, applicants’ experience of planning, execution, and evaluation of teaching activities, as well as of supervision and examination are to be considered. A demonstrated interest in course development and pedagogical development efforts is a great advantage.

Information

This is a permanent full-time position. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, and positions announced are, where appropriate, subject to a trial period.

For more information about the position, contact acting Head of Division Sune Karlsson, tel. +46 19 30 12 57, email: This is an email address, or Head of School , Erik Löfmark +46 19 30 10 29, email: This is an email address.

Application

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Teaching portfolio (as instructed in Örebro University’s guidelines)
  • Research portfolio
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 2022-08-31. We look forward to receiving your application!

After the application deadline, no supplements can be made electronically. If you have scientific publications that cannot be attached electronically to the application, you will, once the external experts have been appointed, receive instructions on how the missing publications can be submitted.

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.