Good with figures and possess a good figure? Channel 4 needs you as the new arithmetician on hit afternoon quiz show Countdown.

The channel has launched the search after longtime consonant queen Carol Vorderman quit after being faced with a massive pay cut.

According to Channel 4: “Applications are open to all, both male and female candidates, but applicants will be expected to have excellent numeric and literacy skills. Previous television experience is not necessary although the charm and charisma to appeal to viewers is.”

Interested maths whizzes are invited to submit applications via the show’s website, where they’ll need to complete an application form and submit a photo.

Short-listed applicants will then be invited to attend auditions with Countdown producers.

Channel 4’s head of daytime TV Helen Warner said: “We realise that Carol’s shoes are extremely difficult ones to fill, as she has done such an amazing job on Countdown over the past 25 years. However, just as we found Carol through an ad in a local paper, we really hope we can do the same again and find another outstanding mathematical mastermind. We know many Countdown viewers have great heads for numbers, so we are looking forward to seeing how talented they really are!”

The closing date to apply for the position is Friday, 19 September 2008. The new Countdown recruit will first be seen on screen in January 2009.

The search will be to find a replacement for Carol Vorderman only. A replacement for Des O’Connor, as the Countdown anchor, will be announced in due course.