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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Risk & Decision Making

University of Dundee - Engineering and Technology

Location: Dundee
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th February 2024
Closes: 26th March 2024
Job Ref: UOD1366

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. As a key appointment in the £10m Leverhulme Research Centre we are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a PDRA in Risk and Decision Making within our team to work specifically with the leadership of the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services who will be part of the supervisory team.

Work will include identifying points where decision are made about the inclusion of evidence types in investigative and evidential processes at individual and interdisciplinary levels. This will involve both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Outputs of the research are expected to include value calculators and risk analysis tools in decision making.

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. You should have a proved track record and understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and interdisciplinary research.

Your priorities will include:

  • Interpret findings obtained from research projects and publish new insights, expanding, refining and testing hypotheses
  • Disseminate results and methodologies through peer reviewed journal publications, preparations of project reports, policy position papers and presentation at conferences
  • Develop research methodologies to undertake collaborative research, including determining appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods and contributing to the development of innovative and exciting research ideas
  • Directly or indirectly supervise research students
  • Interact with national and international stakeholders, including the judiciary, forensic science practitioners, academics, law enforcement and industrial innovators

Who we’re looking for:

  • Educated to PhD level in a relevant subject or industry/operational experience
  • Previous postdoctoral research experience in law/social science
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the development and implementation of decision making for complex communities of practice, for example through using approaches such troublesome knowledge and threshold concepts
  • Familiarity with open and reproducible science
  • Have substantial knowledge of and direct experience of multi modal research methodology

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. Our purpose is to transform lives, locally and globally, which we do as a community of staff (Professional Services and academic Schools), students and alumni. Professional Services directorates are key to delivering the University strategy and driving change across the University.

To further discuss the details of this post, informal inquires may be made to Professor Niamh NicDaeid (n.nicdaeid@dundee.ac.uk), Director of the Leverhulme research Centre for Forensic Science.

To find out more about LRCFS please visit www.dundee.ac.uk/leverhulme

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family f riendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

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