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Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Risk and Bias in Decision Making

University of Dundee - Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

Location: Dundee
Salary: £31,604 to £38,833 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 4th September 2018
Job Ref: SSEN0141

The School of Science and Engineering has an international reputation for excellent teaching and topical research, particularly in addressing global challenges in energy, the environment, health care, technology, forensic science and infrastructure.

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 recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Risk and Bias in Decision Making within our Leverhulme Research Centre, to work in an innovative, inter-disciplinary centre and engage in the development of collaborative research activities, to drive forward exploration of the sociological and legal impacts of science used within the courts.

You will have a background in law, social science or criminology research with specific interests in bias and exploring the interface between science and law around effectiveness, communication and risk.

This will generate maximum impact within the community, society and disrupt the current status quo. You should be an excellent communicator and must be comforatable working within an interdisciplinary team of professionals, end users and researchers.

Your priorities will include:

  • Unafraid to challenge existing norms
  • Directly manage and mentor the work and development of PhD students
  • Represent the centre at meetings and in public engagement activities
  • Inspire others
  • Be resourceful in identifying alternative funding sources for research

Who we’re looking for:

  • Possess knowledge of the application of bias and risk in decision making
  • Confident and engaging presenter
  • Educated to PhD level
  • Excellent written, verbal and IT communication skills
  • Passion for science and technology

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

Closing date 4th September 2018.

For further information about this position please contact School of Science and Engineering/Professor Niamh Nic Daeid at To find out more about Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science please visit

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena Swan and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

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