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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.

Statistician for Environmental and Ecological Applications

Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) seeks a motivated and innovative quantitative scientist to work in the critical and expanding methodological area of statistics in ecology and environmental science. The post represents an excellent long-term career opportunity for a suitably qualified statistician or quantitative scientist. We offer a stimulating mix of work including: collaboration with applied 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 methodological bioinformatics research; and the opportunity to advance your career in BioSS as we continue to grow as a centre of quantitative applied research and consultancy. This post is simultaneously being advertised at both a senior and more junior grade, depending on experience; BioSS is eligible to apply for UKRI funding, and we will be keen for the successful applicant to contribute to, develop and lead proposals as we seek to grow our portfolio of such projects. This position can be based any of the BioSS sites in Edinburgh, Dundee or Aberdeen. BioSS is formally part of The James Hutton Institute.

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 science, animal health & welfare, ecology & environmental science, and human health and nutrition.

Potential applicants may contact Professor Mark Brewer or Dr Nick Schurch to discuss this position.

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description or in the PDF copy of the job description

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How to apply

Applications should be made using the recruitment pages operated by our parent organisation, The James Hutton Institute.

Closing date

10th February 2022 at 23:59

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Other notes

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.

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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).

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.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM, particularly women, BAME and LGBTQ+.

BioSS has been awarded Investors in People Gold Status.

BioSS is formally a part of and is administered by the James Hutton Institute, a registered Scottish charity No. SC041796.

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.


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