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Department of Statistics

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The Department of Statistics at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for one or more open-rank tenure-track positions. We are open to candidates in all specialties within statistics, theoretical or in any area of application. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should have a PhD in Statistics or closely related field by appointment start date, demonstrate potential for excellence in research and teaching, and show a commitment to contributing to inclusivity in the statistics profession. Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level should have a PhD in Statistics or closely related field, the equivalent of at least 4 years’ experience in research (as evidenced by publication record and extramural funding), in teaching of both undergraduate and graduate courses, and in service to the profession. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, have a promising research and publication agenda, and a commitment to university service and public outreach.

The Department is part of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State, which accounts for over one hundred million dollars of research expenditures annually. The Department of Statistics is a community of around 25 tenure-line faculty members and around 50 faculty members in total, with a strong commitment to fostering diversity, equality and inclusive excellence in a variety of research and teaching activities. Our research activity is both theoretical and applied, with collaborative ties to other departments in the College of Science (e.g., Biology and Astronomy) as well as other colleges across the university (e.g., Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, and Medicine). We have strong ties with several Penn State Institutes (e.g., the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, and the Institute for Cyberscience) that support and facilitate inter-disciplinary research. The University has also launched a multi-college data sciences degree program supporting positions in Statistics and other departments. Penn State is located in the center of Pennsylvania, in a valley surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and state forestland. The adjoining town of State College combines many amenities typically found in large metropolitan areas with the benefits of a university town, boasting a highly educated population and excellent schools and services. Additional information about the Department of Statistics can be found at Informal inquiries about and/or nominations for this search may be directed to Prof. Murali Haran, Department Head, at
Interested individuals must (1) complete an online Penn State application at and (2) apply online through at Applications should include: a cover letter that highlights major areas of research interest, accomplishments, goals for future work and how those integrate with the department’s current strengths or bring new directions to the department; curriculum vitae; statement of re- search interests, accomplishments, and future plans (maximum 3 pages); statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and major achievements (maximum 3 pages); diversity statement that describes any activities regarding contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (maximum 2 pages); names and contact information of at least three professional references.

We will begin reviewing applications on Sept. 1, 2021 and will continue to consider applications received after this date until the positions are filled.


Research Professor

The Department of Statistics, at The Pennsylvania State University, invites applications for positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Research Professor, depending upon the candidate's qualification. These are non-tenure line positions as defined by the University. The successful candidate will work in the Statistical Consulting Center.

Qualified candidates should possess a Ph.D. in Statistics or a closely related field by appointment start date. The successful candidate will have evidence of excellence in research, teaching, and communication skills. In addition to regular teaching and research, the candidate will work closely with the Statistical Consulting Center on consulting and collaboration projects as well as training graduate students to become effective communicators. The Eberly College of Science takes an active role in building a talented and inclusive workforce.
This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Interested individuals must complete an online Penn State application at and apply online thorough submitting all application materials including a cover letter and a CV. This position is of a continuing nature, subject to renewal. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Additional information about the department can be found at


Part-Time Online Instructional Faculty

The Department of Statistics at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for part-time online instructional faculty positions to teach in the Department’s online courses throughout the 2020/2021 academic year. The responsibilities include:

  • providing program instructions in our online format and administering them through our learning management system (Canvas)
  • incorporating innovative teaching methodologies
  • engaging in classes
  • designing course material and assessments
  • providing personalized and substantive feedback

Previous experience in online instruction is preferred. Additional information about our classes can be found at Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. These will be part-time fixed-term positions, applications will be received on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed as the need arise. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Prabhani Kuruppumullage, Assistant Director for Online Statistics programs at or (814) 863-3193.



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