It is only impossible until it is achieved

Janet van Niekerk is a Research Scientist at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), under the supervision of Professor Håvard Rue in his research group.

Education and Early Career

  • MSc (Mathematical Statistics), University of Pretoria, 2014
  • PhD (Mathematical Statistics), University of Pretoria, 2017

Research interests

Efficient Bayesian methods for practical implementation, statistics for medical applications, complex survival analysis, INLA.


  • World Bank Fund awardee, International Statistical Institute, 2013 and 2015
  • Best oral presentation, Statistical Association of South Africa International Conference, 2015
  • Youngest PhD graduate at the University of Pretoria, 2017
  • Top of the class MSc student, University of Pretoria, 2014

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Editor for Bayesian Analysis
  • Committee on Women in Statistics, International Statistical Institute (Webmaster)
  • Actuarial Society of South Africa
  • Statistical Association of South Africa
  • International Statistical Institute
  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis