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Winton Fellow - PDRA in Communicating Science, Risk and uncertainty in Forensic Science

University of Dundee - Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

Location: Dundee
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum (grade 8).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st September 2018
Closes: 19th October 2018
Job Ref: SSEN0142

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 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.

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Winton Fellow Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Communicating Statistics, Risk and uncertainty in Forensic Science within our Leverhulme Research Centre, to help to translate statistics, risk and uncertainty into language accessible for diverse constituencies.

The Fellow will work on innovative, inter-disciplinary research, engage in the development of collaborative research and training activities. Provide leadership and delivery on projects to generate maximum impact on the justice system through research-based approaches to communicating statistics, risk and uncertainty.

We are seeking an individual with experience and/or interest in persuasion and message framing and an understanding of basic and specialised statistical methods (path analysis, SEM etc.).

Your priorities will include:

  • Experience of academic work in an inter-disciplinary environment.
  • Track record of academic publications.
  • Educated to PhD level.
  • Rigorous work ethic with an eye for attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the probabilistic and statistical challenges of the field of law.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Strong understanding of statistics and probability.
  • Passion for science communication.
  • Advanced problem-solving ability, with a desire to explore creative solutions.
  • Excellent written, verbal and IT communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of the concepts of evidence based policy and decision making.

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.

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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