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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Statistics & Probability 10032798
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Ast Prof/Asc Prof/Prof - Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Statistics and Probability (STT) at Michigan State University (MSU) plans to fill one Fixed-term Assistant/Associate/Full Professor to serve as the Hannan Visiting Scholar in theoretical statistics and probability, during the Fall 2024 semester. The candidate will be expected to teach one course related to the candidate’s research during the academic year of the appointment. This position is for a one-year Fixed-term Assistant/Associate/Full Professor to serve as the Hannan Endowed Visiting Scholar in Statistics and Probability, and can potentially be renewed for additional years upon successful completion of the first year.

James (Jim) Hannan was a founding member of the Department of Statistics (later to become the Department of Statistics and Probability) in 1955. Jim played a central role in the department, and enjoyed the challenge of creating clean, concise proofs. Above all, he understood and appreciated the importance of mathematics to the development of probability and statistics. This prestigious position, thanks to the Hannan Endowment fund established by Jim’s wife, Bettie Hannan, is devoted to stimulating faculty members, enhancing the research atmosphere, and contributing to graduate education in theoretical statistics and/or probability at MSU STT.

MSU STT is seeking candidates with a Ph.D. and a strong research background in the field of theoretical statistics and/or probability. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the potential of creating a constructive collaboration with MSU STT members. Commitment to teaching and mentoring the students is also expected since the position will entail a light teaching load and will contribute to the overall advancement of educational goals in the department. Initiatives on part of the candidate to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the MSU community is highly desirable.

The department of STT at MSU has leading research groups in both theoretical statistics and probability, with broad applications in many disciplines, and values the full spectrum of research across theoretical and methodological development, computational methods, and applications. Additionally, STT is home to a vibrant graduate program in Statistics, an MS in Data Science program, and grants BS/BA degrees in Statistics.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -statistics or in a closely allied discipline

Minimum Requirements


  • A doctorate in statistics or in a closely allied discipline.
  • Strong research background in the field of theoretical statistics and/or probability.

Required Application Materials

Complete applications must include the following:

  1. Cover letter summarizing motivation and qualifications for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research statement (2 – 4 pages)
  4. Teaching statement (1 page)
  5. Contact information for 4 references (letters of recommendation will only be requested for top applicants).

Successful applicants are expected to summarize their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout their application materials. We welcome scholars whose research enriches or expands the fields of theoretical statistics and/or probability and contribute to the advancement and expansion of the current research areas at MSU STT, including (but not limited to) actuarial science, Bayesian statistics, biostatistics, data science, stochastics processes, time series, spatial modeling, experimental design, high-dimensional statistical inference and machine learning. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

The candidate will be evaluated based on their research, teaching, involvement in serving the statistics and/or probability community, potential impact on MSU STT, and their understanding of the role of DEI in the research community.

Special Instructions

Questions regarding the positions may be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Prof. Gee Y. Lee ( and/or Prof. Shrijita Bhattacharya ( Applicants are encouraged to explore the MSU Department of Statistics and Probability website at

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