Research Associate in Small Area Estimation Methods

University of Sheffield - Department of Geography

Contract Type: Fixed term for a period of 18 months

You will provide principal research support for a work package being led by Dr Adam Whitworth from the Department of Geography as part of a broader multi-institutional ESRC/NCRM-funded project with academic colleagues at Southampton and Liverpool on ‘Innovations in Small Area Estimation Methodologies’.

The Sheffield-based work package will focus on innovations in a set of small-area estimation techniques collectively known as ‘spatial microsimulation’ which involve the calibration of survey data to local area constraints. This has been used variously to estimate outcomes such as income, inequality and health outcomes down to small area level where such information would not otherwise be available at that resolution. The work package incorporates emphases on the comparison of alternative algorithms, open software tools, and the creation of project outputs.

As part of the wider ESRC/NCRM project you will be joining a team involving many of the leading experts in small area estimation, and working in partnership with the National Statistical Offices of four countries (Brazil; England; Mexico; Wales). In Sheffield you will be joining a vibrant research community of outstanding academic, postdoctoral and doctoral researchers and will become a member of the Space, Justice and Equality research cluster.

You will have a PhD in Statistics, Social Statistics, Computer Science, Geographic Information Science, one of the Social Sciences or any other discipline with programming and/or statistical components and the ability to use and understand statistical/quantitative data analysis methods. Proficiency in the R (or equivalent open source) statistical software package for programming and quantitative data analysis and Ability to project manage effectively is essential.

This post is fixed-term for 18 months. The closing date for applications is 19 June 2017.

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