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Research Officer in Latent Network Modelling

London School of Economics and Political Science - Department of Methodology

Location: London
Salary: £36,647 to £44,140 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £47,456 pa inclusive of London allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th March 2021
Closes: 12th April 2021

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Salary from £36,647 to £44,140 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £47,456 pa inclusive of London allowance

This is a fixed term appointment for 12 months

This full-time position is to work with Dr Eleanor Power in the Department of Methodology on her ESRC-funded collaborative project aimed at developing novel latent network models and associated R and Python packages. A core part of this will involve collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of network scientists and social scientists, primarily including Dr Caterina De Bacco (Max Planck Institute in Intelligent Systems) and Dr Daniel Redhead (Max Planck Institute in Evolutionary Anthropology), to develop these tools. This project will also involve contributing to the writing of conference papers, peer-reviewed journal articles, and software documentation.

The software development role entails developing R and Python packages, intended for use by social scientists. The software developed in this position will translate research code into maintainable, deployable and robust software. The software projects are intended for wide use and will be made available open-source.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Evidence of strong computer programming skills, preferably R and Python
  • Evidence of experience with methods for analysing and handling network data
  • Good mathematical knowledge of linear algebra, calculus, probability and/or numerical analysis
  • Experience with methods for analysing and handling network data
  • Participation in workshops and international conferences as part of the support activities
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in developing models, peer-reviewed journal publications, and user-friendly software documentation
  • A willingness to work in a new role whose precise parameters will be refined throughout the period of the appointment
  • Excellent written/spoken English and communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in developing models, journal publications, and user-friendly software documentation

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

We will strive to have as much flexibility as possible in accommodating the successful candidate’s needs surrounding residence during the duration of the appointment. If the successful candidate cannot relocate to London to commence their position, a remote working arrangement may be possible.

We particularly encourage applicants who are members of groups that are under-represented in academia, especially the STEM fields. This could be on the grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, social and economic background, or other possible identities or statuses.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs. If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email e.a.power@lse.ac.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 April 2021 (23.59 BST / GMT). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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