New jobs in business analytics at Monash

We have an excit­ing new ini­tia­tive at Monash Uni­ver­sity with some new posi­tions in busi­ness ana­lyt­ics. This is part of a plan to strengthen our research and teach­ing in the data science/​computational sta­tis­tics area. We are hop­ing to make mul­ti­ple appoint­ments, at junior and senior lev­els. These are five-​​year appoint­ments, but we hope that the posi­tions will con­tinue after that if we can secure suit­able fund­ing. Con­tinue reading →

Job at Center for Open Science

This looks like an inter­est­ing job.

Dear Dr. Hyndman,

I write from the Cen­ter for Open Sci­ence, a non-​​profit orga­ni­za­tion based in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia in the United States, which is ded­i­cated to improv­ing the align­ment between sci­en­tific val­ues and sci­en­tific prac­tices. We are ded­i­cated to open source and open science.

We are reach­ing out to you to find out if you know any­one who might be inter­ested in our Sta­tis­ti­cal and Method­olog­i­cal Con­sul­tant position.

The posi­tion is a unique oppor­tu­nity to con­sult on repro­ducible best prac­tices in data analy­sis and research design; the con­sul­tant will make shorts vis­its to pro­vide lec­tures and train­ing at uni­ver­si­ties, lab­o­ra­to­ries, con­fer­ences, and through vir­tual medi­ums. An espe­cially unique part of the job involves col­lab­o­rat­ing with the White House’s Office of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy on mat­ters relat­ing to reproducibility.

If you know some­one with sub­stan­tial train­ing and expe­ri­ence in sci­en­tific research, quan­ti­ta­tive meth­ods, repro­ducible research prac­tices, and some pro­gram­ming expe­ri­ence (at least R, ide­ally Python or Julia) might you please pass this along to them?

Any­one may find out more about the job or apply via our website:

http://​cen​ter​foropen​science​.org/​j​o​b​s​/​#​stats

The posi­tion is full-​​time and located at our office in beau­ti­ful Char­lottesville, VA.

Thanks in advance for your time and help.

Looking for a new post-​​doc

We are look­ing for a new post-​​doctoral research fel­low to work on the project “Macro­eco­nomic Fore­cast­ing in a Big Data World”.  Details are given at the link below

jobs​.monash​.edu​.au/​j​o​b​D​e​t​a​i​l​s​.​a​s​p​?​s​J​o​b​I​D​s​=​5​19824

This is a two year posi­tion, funded by the Aus­tralian Research Coun­cil, and work­ing with me, George Athana­sopou­los, Farshid Vahid and Anas­ta­sios Pana­giotelis. We are look­ing for some­one with a PhD in econo­met­rics, sta­tis­tics or machine learn­ing, who is well-​​trained in com­pu­ta­tion­ally inten­sive meth­ods, and who has a back­ground in at least one of time series analy­sis, macro­eco­nomic mod­el­ling, or Bayesian econometrics.

Three jobs at Monash

We are cur­rently adver­tis­ing for three aca­d­e­mic posi­tions, suit­able for recent PhD graduates.

Lec­turer (Applied Sta­tis­tics or Oper­a­tions Research)

Lec­turer (Econometrics/​Business Statistics)

Please don’t send any ques­tions to me. Click the “More infor­ma­tion” links and fol­low the instructions.

A LaTeX template for a CV

Every researcher needs a Cur­ricu­lum Vitae (Latin for “course of life”) or CV. You will need it for job appli­ca­tions, for annual per­for­mance appraisal, and just for keep­ing track of your pub­li­ca­tions. A CV typ­i­cally con­tains lists of achieve­ments includ­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions, pub­li­ca­tions, pre­sen­ta­tions, awards, plus teach­ing experience.

I’ve cre­ated a LaTeX style for a CV to make it easy to pro­duce some­thing that looks good and is easy to main­tain. You will need an up-​​to-​​date imple­men­ta­tion of LaTeX because I’m using the won­der­ful bibla­tex pack­age (more on that in another post) which has only just become avail­able as part of Mik­TeX and TeXLive.

The pre­am­ble of your CV should look some­thing like this:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\usepackage{cv}
\name{Rob J Hyndman}
\info{Address: & Department of Econometrics \& Business Statistics, Monash University, VIC 3800, Australia.\\
      Phone: & +61 3 9905 2358\\
      Email: & Rob.Hyndman@monash.edu\\
      WWW: & robjhyndman.com}
 
\bibliography{rjhpubs}
 
\addtocategory{books}{MWH3,ITSM91,ITSM94,expsmooth08}
\addtocategory{papers}{BHG91,BH92,YW93,Hyndman94,HDRF95}
\addtocategory{papers}{HDR96,HBG96,HF96,GHH97,HW97,LFSH97,GH98}
  • Include your name in the \name command.
  • The \info com­mand con­tains infor­ma­tion to go in the header box on the first page. This is struc­tured as for a tab­u­lar envi­ron­ment. You can include any infor­ma­tion you like in the \info com­mand includ­ing addi­tional rows. Some peo­ple include their date of birth, cit­i­zen­ship, fam­ily details, etc.
  • All your pub­li­ca­tions should be in a bib file (mine is called rjhpubs.bib) loaded with the \bibliography command.
  • The final three lines allo­cate items from the bib file to cat­e­gories. These will appear in sep­a­rate sec­tions in the CV. My real CV has sev­eral more lines like these so that all my pub­li­ca­tions are added to cat­e­gories. Each of the codes is the key for a bib item.
  • The style file has the fol­low­ing pre-​​defined cat­e­gories:
    books Books
    papers Ref­er­eed research papers
    chap­ters Book chap­ters
    con­fer­ences Papers in con­fer­ence proceedings
    techre­ports Unpub­lished work­ing papers
    bookre­views Book reviews
    edi­to­ri­als Edi­to­ri­als
    phd PhD the­sis
    sub­pa­pers Sub­mit­ted papers
    cur­pa­pers Cur­rent projects

    It is easy to add your own cat­e­gories and titles if these are not suit­able. For exam­ple, if you want to include posters in your CV, put the fol­low­ing in the preamble:

    \makebibcategory{posters}{Conference posters}
  • After the pre­am­ble, my CV looks like this:
    \begin{document}
    \maketitle
     
    \section{Education and Qualifications}
    \begin{tabular}{lll}
    1988 & B.Sc.(Hons) & University of Melbourne\\
    1992 & Ph.D. & University of Melbourne\\
    2000 & A.Stat. & Statistical Society of Australia.
    \end{tabular}

    The \maketitle puts in the header box. After that it is a nor­mal LaTeX doc­u­ment with \section com­mands for each section.

  • It is com­mon to have sec­tions list­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions, employ­ment his­tory, awards, research grants, teach­ing expe­ri­ence and pub­li­ca­tions. The order of these varies depend­ing on what you want to empha­sise. Have a look at sev­eral CVs to see what other peo­ple do. Here are some exam­ples from some well-​​known sta­tis­ti­cians: Andrew Gel­man, Rob Tib­shi­rani, Matt Wand.
  • To add my pub­li­ca­tions, I have the fol­low­ing lines:
    \begin{publications}
    \printbib{books}
    \printbib{papers}
    \printbib{chapters}
    \printbib{conferences}
    \printbib{techreports}
    \printbib{bookreviews}
    \printbib{editorials}
    \end{publications}

    Each \printbib com­mand will add a sec­tion with all the pub­li­ca­tions in that cat­e­gory, listed in chrono­log­i­cal order and sorted by name within each year.

  • The total num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions listed inside the publications envi­ron­ment is cal­cu­lated and the page num­bers for the pub­li­ca­tions sec­tions are stored. So I have the fol­low­ing line in the Research sec­tion of my CV:
    I have authored \ref{sumpapers} papers, chapters or books on statistical topics. A list of these appears on pages \pageref{papersstart}--\pageref{papersend}.

    You can have addi­tional \printbib com­mands out­side the pub­li­ca­tions envi­ron­ment, but the asso­ci­ated bib items will not be counted in the sumpapers value.

Here is my CV using this style file (although I use dif­fer­ent fonts from those loaded in the style file).

Down­load the style file and use it your­self. Feel free to mod­ify it as you want.

Update: I’ve mod­i­fied the style file to take account of changes in bibla­tex. The lat­est ver­sion is dated 24 July 2013.

Job advertisements

Employ­ers often con­tact me ask­ing how to find a good sta­tis­ti­cian, econo­me­tri­cian or fore­caster for their orga­ni­za­tion. Stu­dents also ask me how to go about find­ing a job when they fin­ish their degree. This post is for both groups, hope­fully mak­ing it eas­ier for them to pair up appropriately.

First, the main­stream media out­lets are not usu­ally good places to adver­tise. It seems that few peo­ple read printed news­pa­pers anymore.

The gen­eral online job sites such as seek​.com​.au are ok, but job-​​seekers can find it hard to find the rel­e­vant open­ings because job titles are so var­ied. In the gen­eral area of sta­tis­tics, a job can appear under the titles “sta­tis­ti­cian”, “ana­lyst”, “data miner”, “data man­ager”, “finan­cial engi­neer” and a few dozen other labels. Many employ­ers don’t place the job in the best cat­e­gory, often because they don’t under­stand what skills are required to do the job. Nev­er­the­less, if I was look­ing for a job, I would cer­tainly set up some auto­mated searches on these sites.

In sta­tis­tics, there are well-​​established job web­sites that are the best places for both employ­ers and poten­tial employ­ees to meet up.

  • Aus­tralia & New Zealand: www​.statsci​.org/jobs. This is a fan­tas­tic ser­vice from the Sta­tis­ti­cal Soci­ety of Aus­tralia and includes a lot of jobs, par­tic­u­larly those requir­ing higher degrees.
  • United States:  amstat​.org/​j​obweb. This is a sim­i­lar ser­vice from the Amer­i­can Sta­tis­ti­cal Asso­ci­a­tion for jobs in the USA.

Unfor­tu­nately, there is no sim­i­lar ser­vice in the UK, and I do not know what is pro­vided in other countries.

There is a list of econo­met­ric jobs sites at econo­met­ri­clinks.

There are e-​​mail lists that are widely sub­scribed and often con­tain job postings.

A lot more email lists are men­tioned on econo­met­ri­clinks, some of which may be appro­pri­ate for job advertisements.

If I’ve missed any good places to adver­tise jobs, please add them in the comments.