Research Assistant/Research Associate in Modelling Refugee Flows and Instability

University College London - Department of Security and Crime Science

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Research Associate to work on a project concerned with the modelling of refugee flows from conflict zones and their impact on the instability of the host countries.  

The project is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Research Initiative and is a collaboration between the University of Arizona (USA) and UCL.

Duties will include conducting statistical analyses of large datasets concerned with spatial patterns of refugee flows, statistical modelling of the effects of refugee flows on the stability of destination countries, and the development of a simulation model of refugee flows to examine how social networks, and policy changes might influence refugee destination choice.

This post is funded until 31 December 2019 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD (awarded or submitted) in crime science, security studies, mathematics, statistics, data science, computational social science or a cognate field.

Further skills include a strong track record in spatial analysis to include discrete spatial choice or spatial interaction models. Candidates should also have experience of agent-based modelling or similar approaches and a proven ability to undertake high-quality academic research in an area of security and crime and/or data science.

Appointment at Grade 7 (£34,056 - £41,163 per annum) is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £29,809 - £31,432 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Informal enquiries relating to the post may be addressed to Prof Shane Johnson at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, (

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