Assistant Professor - University of Kentucky

Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The campus is home to 30,000 students, 3,000 faculty, and 15,000 full-time staff. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, UK is an incubator for multidisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.

The state’s flagship institution consists of 18 academic and professional colleges, where students can choose from more than 200 majors and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supporting the scholarly community is a comprehensive research library system made up of nine facilities, including the world-class William T. Young Library.

UK’s student body is diverse, representing more than 100 countries, every state in the nation and all 120 Kentucky counties. UK students compete successfully for prestigious scholarships and awards, such as the Fulbright, Astronaut, Truman, Goldwater, Marshall, Udall, and Gates programs.

The university recently engaged in an effort to revitalize its student living and learning spaces. UK’s public-private partnership with EdR has yielded nearly 6,900 modern beds and 202 active learning spaces in 13 buildings. Over the last five years, UK has approved the construction of more than $2.5 billion in infrastructure to bolster the institution’s longterm health and success.

The university’s operating budget is $4.2 billion. More information is available from our University Budget Office.

UK received $429 million in research grants and contract awards in fiscal year 2020. The university’s dynamic research enterprise encompasses traditional scholarship, the humanities, health care, and emerging fields in technology. UK also recently received its largest research grant ever, an $87 million study aimed at reducing opioid deaths in the state by 40 percent.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor to begin August 2022. This position is open to candidates in any area of statistics, data science, and/or probability. A Ph.D. in Statistics or a related field is required. Demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research is required. More experienced candidates may be eligible to receive prior service credit toward promotion and tenure, as appropriate.

Applicants must include the following:

Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Statement (upload as Specific Request 1)
Research Statement (upload as Specific Request 2)
Statement on Inclusivity (upload as Specific Request 3).

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Also, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

The selection process will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

The Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics offers a stimulating and nurturing academic environment. The faculty are involved in theoretical, methodological, and interdisciplinary research. They direct research programs across a broad range of areas, including bioinformatics, computational statistics, nonparametric methods, applied probability, and high-dimensional inference. The Department annually enrolls over 50 supported graduate students pursuing PhD and master’s degrees in Statistics, specializing in mathematical statistics or biostatistics tracks.

For more information about the Department, please visit

Position Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Statistics or a related field
  • Demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research

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