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Statistical Consultant - AR2369NB
School of Mathematics and Statistics
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School of Mathematics and Statistics Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 Start Date: September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter Fixed Term: 2 years

This is a two year fixed-term post. We are looking for a statistical consultant to support both the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) and SMRU Consulting (SMRUC).  The two groups have a history of successfully collaborating on applied projects that require statistical expertise.  We require additional personnel to support this collaboration and allow us to be more agile in our responses to funding opportunities with short deadlines, which are quite common in calls from NGOs, industry, and some government agencies.  In particular we would like to be more responsive to the increasing number of opportunities to engage with marine renewable energy initiatives.  The post holder will be expected to generate funding income, in collaboration with CREEM and SMRUC staff, by responding to proposal calls and tenders, particularly those released by government and industry.

Possible areas of statistical application that we anticipate being important include design of survey and monitoring schemes, density and abundance estimation, and impact assessment.  

We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD in Statistics or a closely-related discipline, or with a Masters level qualification and PhD-equivalent experience in industry or academia.  Experience with working with industry and government funders would be highly advantageous, but is not a requirement.  The post will involve collaboration between ecologists and statisticians, and so the ability to communicate effectively between disciplines is essential.  This post would suit someone who enjoys using their statistical expertise to solve real-world problems, particularly relating to ecological or environmental issues.

The successful candidate will be based in the world-leading Centre for Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) under the supervision of Dr. Catriona Harris and Dr Cormac Booth from SMRUC.  CREEM has an excellent record of retaining research staff, so while this is a fixed-term two year post there may be prospects for continuation beyond that period. 

For informal enquiries, we encourage those considering applying to contact Dr. Catriona Harris ( and/or Dr Cormac Booth (

Applications are particularly welcome from women, and people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community, who are under-represented in Science posts at the University.

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Closing Date: 10 August 2020 

Please quote ref:  AR2369NB

Further Particulars: AR2369NB FPs.doc

School of  Mathematics and Statistics
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322
Start Date: September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed Term: 2 years

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