Post Doctoral Research Assistant - Statistics

University of Dundee - Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science is a 10 year £10 Million project with the remit to disrupt positively the current forensic science ecosystem. We are looking for a statistician to join our team with a particular skill set in probabilistic reasoning including the Bayesian approach to data interpretation. As a key appointment in the £10m Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science you will help to reinforce the scientific validity of evidence in the courtroom.

The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant within the Leverhulme Centre will be part of the core research team along with the Principal Investigators. You will work on innovative, inter-disciplinary research, engage in the development of collaborative research activities and provide leadership on projects requiring statistical expertise. As part of the team you will be an active contributor to projects, to drive Forensic Science forward and generate maximum impact within the community.

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Sound knowledge of statistical uncertainty and its applications.
  • Experience of applying statistics to human population-scale data.
  • Familiarity of working within the R environment, or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to provide actionable results for use by the wider community.
  • As part of the wider Leverhulme research group, develop research objectives and proposals for collaborative interdisciplinary projects and play a role in, or lead, projects within area of expertise.

Please refer to job description for full details.

Please note that due to the closure of the University during the holiday period shortlisting will not take place until mid-January 2018.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Essential requirements include:

  • Educated to PhD Level.
  • Possess sufficient depth of knowledge in research area to be able to work independently and as part of a research team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced problem solving ability with desire to explore creative solutions.
  • Experience of conducting research to high academic standards.

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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