CANSSI Scientific Director Search

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The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Scientific Director for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2015.  The term is renewable.

Launched in November 2012, CANSSI is a national virtual institute offering the leadership and infrastructure necessary to increase and further develop statistical sciences research in Canada and promote the discipline.  CANSSI seeks to develop all areas of the statistical sciences, including interdisciplinary research where statistical innovation is essential to the development of other disciplines.  Through national networks of researchers, CANSSI will tackle the big research questions in statistics of importance to science and the public interest, and will establish links with other disciplines and organizations that are heavy users and producers of data.  The three Canadian mathematical sciences institutes — the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM), the Fields Institute and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) – are committed to working with the statistical sciences community on the CANSSI initiative, with the inclusion of funding for CANSSI projects and activities in the next cycle of NSERC proposals. CANSSI seeks to increase the recognition of the importance of the statistical sciences in Canada.

Candidates should be researchers in the statistical sciences with high international stature, strong interpersonal and administrative skills, abundant energy, and an interest in developing CANSSI and raising statistical sciences research in Canada to new levels.

A letter of application addressing the qualities above, together with a CV and names of three references, should be sent to Expressions of interest or nominations may also be sent to this address.

Applications or nominations will be considered until the position is filled. The Scientific Director Search Committee will begin assessing submissions in April 2014.

It is likely that the position will be held in conjunction with an academic appointment at a Canadian university. Universities in Canada are required to give priority to Canadians and permanent residents for most faculty positions; however, all qualified candidates, both in Canada and outside Canada, are invited to apply. Applications are encouraged from women and members of underrepresented groups.

The members of the Scientific Director Search Committee are:

Richard L. Smith, SAMSI and University of North Carolina (Chair)
Alejandro Adem, PIMS
Shelley Bull, University of Toronto
Charmaine Dean, Dean of Science, Western University
Richard Cook, University of Waterloo
Jianqing Fan, Princeton University
Jinko Graham, Simon Fraser University
Arvind Gupta, MITACS
Claude Julien, Director General of Methodology, Statistics Canada
John Petkau, University of British Columbia
Louis-Paul Rivest, Université Laval

Description of the position of Scientific Director of CANSSI:

The Scientific Director is responsible for the scientific leadership and overall operation of CANSSI, and for seeing that the directives of the CANSSI Board of Directors are put into effect.

The Scientific Director is accountable to the Board of Directors of CANSSI; CANSSI as an organization is accountable to its funders and to its institutional members.

The Scientific Director provides leadership to the Canadian statistical sciences research community.  Thus he/she must be able to commit a significant portion of his/her time working for the development of statistical science research in Canada.

The Scientific Director, aided by others, works to foster collaboration of researchers, within statistics and with scientists in other disciplines; to help research teams identify potential sources of funding; and to encourage the development of proposals for programs and events in areas of emerging importance.  He/she works with the Directors of the CRM, Fields and PIMS to coordinate programs and collaborate in advancing the goals of the network of Canadian Mathematical Sciences Institutes.  He/she will seek collaborations with institutes outside Canada, such as SAMSI and (SFI)2, to involve Canadian researchers in their programs and to have their researchers actively participating in CANSSI programs.  The Scientific Director is the leading spokesperson for CANSSI – the “face” of CANSSI — in the statistical sciences community.

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