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Make a career with one of Europe's leading Centres of Biomathematics and Statistics.

BioSS has an international reputation in the field of statistics and mathematics applied in the biological sciences. It contributes research, consultancy and training to agricultural, environmental and biological research organisations in Scotland and plays a leading role in collaborative research programmes with UK universities. With some 30 statistics, mathematics and computing specialists and 10 postgraduate research students, BioSS is one of the leading European groups in its field. Approximately half of the BioSS staff are based in our headquarters on the King's Buildings campus of Edinburgh University and the remainder are located in four BioSS units at research institutes in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee. Staff from all sites come together regularly to discuss their work and plan new activities.

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Researcher/Senior Researcher in Statistical Inference for Stochastic Processes Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland (BioSS)

BioSS seeks a scientist with a strong quantitative background, ideally with experience of Bayesian and computationally intensive methods to undertake methodological research in inference for stochastic process models and in the application of resulting methods in collaboration with biological scientists. Key areas of application are population and spatial models in epidemiology and ecology. The aim is to develop and apply computationally intensive modelling and analysis methods to address scientific and societal challenges by exploiting the potential of existing and emerging types of data e.g. in genomics and meta-genomics.

This work will contribute to disease outbreak preparedness as part of EPIC, the Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise in animal disease of which BioSS is a founding member. It will also contribute to the Scottish Government's Environment, Agriculture and Food Strategic Research Programme and exploit opportunities for research and innovation funding from other sources including UKRI.

BioSS offers a stimulating working environment located in the James Clerk Maxwell Building at the University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings campus and extensive opportunities to develop collaborations with scientists in both the research institute and university sectors. In particular, this post will devote a day a week to interacting with scientists based at the Roslin Institute to develop collaborative links e.g. in areas related to host and pathogen genetics and disease.

Applicants should have a very strong numerical and computational background and:

Grade and starting salary

This post will be offered at Hutton Grade D (salary £31,365) or Hutton Grade E (salary £38,250).

Please quote reference number BioSS 04-19 in all correspondence.

How to apply
Applications for this post should be submitted using the recruitment pages operated by our parent organisation the James Hutton Institute
Closing date
5pm 10th January 2019
Interview date
To be confirmed but likely in the week beginning 20th January
Further information
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We offer a pleasant working environment and supportive colleagues who work together with external collaborators to address a wide range of problems of importance to science and society.

BioSS is one of the Main Research Providers (MRPs) for strategic research in environmental, agricultural and biological science funded by the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS).

BioSS is formally a part of and is administered by the James Hutton Institute, Dundee. The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunities employer.


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