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Senior Statistician for Animal Health and Welfare

Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland

BioSS is seeking to make an appointment in the critical and expanding application area of Animal Health and Welfare, looking for a motivated and innovative quantitative scientist to join our organisation.

We are inviting applications for a Senior Statistician for Animal Health and Welfare. (Ref: BioSS 15-21).  The closing date for applications for the post is the 31st October 2021.

The post represents an excellent long-term career opportunity for a suitably qualified statistician or quantitative scientist, offering a stimulating mix of work including

  • collaboration with animal health and welfare scientists at leading UK research institutions;
  • interactions with other quantitative experts within and beyond BioSS;
  • a generous time allocation within which to develop your own area of quantitative methodological research;
  • the opportunity to advance your career in BioSS as we grow our strengths as a centre of quantitative applied research and consultancy.

The post is permanent, and will be based at our Edinburgh site, on the Kings Buildings science campus of the University of Edinburgh; we are seeking to appoint at a senior postdoctoral grade (salary £38,442).

BioSS is a member of the SEFARI (Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes) collective (; we have an international reputation for research, consultancy and training in statistics, mathematical modelling and bioinformatics.   BioSS offers a stimulating working environment, with over 40 staff and students at four locations, collaborating on applications in plant & crop science, animal health & welfare, environmental science & ecology, and nutrition & human health.  

BioSS offers extensive opportunities to develop collaborations with scientists in both the research institute and university sectors.  BioSS is eligible to apply for UKRI funding, and we will be keen for the successful applicants to contribute to the development, delivery and leadership of proposals as we seek to grow our portfolio of such projects. 

Potential applicants may contact Dr Iain McKendrick to discuss this position: contact details available from

BioSS has been awarded Investors in People Gold Status. 

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM, particularly women, BAME and LGBTQ+. The James Hutton Institute is ‘happy to talk flexible working’.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

Further information on the above post, including how to apply, is available on the BioSS website at .  Please use the post reference code ‘BioSS 15-21’, in all correspondence.

BioSS is formally part of The James Hutton Institute, a Scottish charity No. SC041796, and an equal opportunities employer.

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £38,442 Band E
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th September 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
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