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Research Assistant

Edinburgh Napier University

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £26,715 per annum Pro Rata. Grade 4
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th February 2021
Closes: 26th February 2021
Job Ref: 0000011442

Fixed term contract – 11 weeks

Package: Excellent benefits package

Job description

Research Assistant in Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

The School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE) and the School of Applied Sciences (SAS) are seeking a research assistant for 11 weeks in the first instance to work on the development of a novel mathematical model that aims to describe the transmission mechanism of a zoonotic disease (Q fever).  

Further information about Edinburgh Napier University can be found here.

The role

The role involves:

  • Curating existing literature in the project area;
  • Contributing in qualitative data collection;
  • Conducting data analysis through advanced qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Undertaking research to address the aims of the project, including the development of a mathematical model that describes the transmission of Q fever;

The Research Fellow is also expected to:

  • Attend and initiate project meetings, as requested;
  • Take initiatives in the planning of research;
  • Identify suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of data;
  • Ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times;
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all findings;
  • Develop contacts and research collaborations within the University and the wider community;
  • Contribute to project management;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the PI or the co-I.;

The above list of duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the role-holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the role.

What are we looking for:

Essential requirements:

  • A Master’s degree (or near completion) in one of the following areas: epidemiology, economics, health economics, ecology, statistics, mathematics, computer science, population biology, computational biology or a similarly quantitative discipline. Alternatively, combination of qualifications and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree;
  • Excellent programming skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Proven ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision, as well as collaboratively;
  • Evidence of good organisational skills, including effective time management;

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in infectious disease transmission dynamic modelling;
  • Experience in epidemiological data analysis for infectious diseases;
  • Experience in qualitative research methods for data collection and analysis;
  • Publications in high-quality conferences and journals in the areas of applied mathematics or epidemiology;

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can review the full Job Description click here.

Interested applicants may contact Dr Stathis Tingas ( or Associate Professor Nick Wheelhouse ( to informally discuss the position.

Additional Information

The post is available immediately and can be funded until 31st July 2021.

Salary: Grade 4, GBP 26,715 per annum Pro rata

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UK Visas and Immigration to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

The applicant must be able to work remotely.

Closing date: 26th February 2021 (midnight GMT)

Interviews: 8th March 2021

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations and holds Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status.

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