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Research Fellow in Statistics

University of Southampton - Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and Mathematical Sciences

Location: Southampton
Salary: £29,799 to £32,548
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th July 2018
Closes: 16th August 2018
Job Ref: 1034518PJ

Applications are invited for an 18-month position of Research Fellow in Statistics within the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

This position is part of an EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary collaborative project between Statistics and Chemistry at the University of Southampton. The project will develop and implement statistical methodology to facilitate crystal structure prediction, in particular robust characterisation of local lattice energy minima using computational models. The overall aim is to aid in the prediction of polymorphism in pharmaceutical chemicals (the ability of a material to exist in more than one crystal structure).

The main focus will be the design and modelling of computer experiments and Bayesian optimisation, using the sequential collection of lattice energy model simulations to (a) build computationally inexpensive emulators (e.g. using Gaussian processes) for the energy surface, and (b) provide accurate and precise predictions in the vicinity of identified energy minima. A range of energy simulation models are available, differing in computational cost and accuracy, and the project will design and analyse computational experiments that exploit this hierarchy.

The Statistics arm of the project is led by Professor David Woods. The successful applicant will also collaborate with the other grant investigators (Professors Graeme Day and Simon Coles from Chemistry) and a dedicated postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry.

You will be a proactive and experienced researcher who has, or is about to obtain, a PhD* in Statistics or with equivalent research experience. You will have good communication skills and be able to interact effectively with collaborators in Chemistry and other scientific disciplines. A background in Design of Experiments, Bayesian Modelling and Computation or Statistical Machine Learning is essential, and experience of Bayesian optimisation is desirable.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The start date will be 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and may be made to Professor David Woods, telephone +44 (0)23 8059 5117, email:

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1034518PJ on all correspondence.

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