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Editorial Profile

Associate Editor for Bayesian Analysis

Committee on Women in Statistics, International Statistical Institute (Webmaster)

Professional Memberships

  • Actuarial Society of South Africa
  • Statistical Association of South Africa
  • International Statistical Institute
  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis


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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