The Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for the Janet and Ian Duncan Endowed Chair in Actuarial Science. Successful applicants will have an appropriately distinguished record for an endowed chair, with appointment to be made at the tenured Associate or Full Professor rank. The Department is looking for individuals with an outstanding research agenda in actuarial science and/or risk management. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Predictive Analytics, Insurance Data Science, Risk Methodology, Healthcare Actuarial Science, and Cyber Risk. For primary consideration applications should be received by December 1, 2019 for an anticipated July 1, 2020 appointment date. The position will remain open until filled.

UCSB is a leader in actuarial education on the US West Coast and offers a thriving B.S. program in Actuarial Science with more than 300 Majors, as well as a five-year combined BS/MS program with a team research component. The Duncan Chair is meant to enhance these training missions through teaching and mentoring activities, and establishing new ties to insurance practice. Ideal candidates will also create collaborative synergies with the Data Science and/or Financial Mathematics groups in the Department and will become a core member of the Center for Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Research ( which is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in quantitative finance and risk management. The Chair will also be expected to contribute to our ongoing efforts to support female actuaries and increase the number of minority and first-to-college actuaries. Responsibilities of faculty members include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. For more information on the department please visit

To meet basic qualifications, applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Statistics or related areas at the time of application, and submit all required application materials. Professional actuarial credentials are a definite plus, but not required. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research
  • Statement of teaching
  • Contact information of 4-6 individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The department encourages all applicants to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.