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Statistician Position: Specialising in Animal and Plant Health Applications

Statistician Position: Specialising in Animal and Plant Health Applications

We are seeking candidates to join a substantial team of BioSS statisticians and mathematical modellers to further develop our existing strengths in the areas of animal and plant health. The post-holder will work with the Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise on Animal Diseases Outbreaks (EPIC), in Scotland and build on opportunities for collaborative projects within the recently created Scottish Plant Health Centre of Expertise.

The post, based in Edinburgh, represents an excellent opportunity for an applied statistician interested in both contributing to projects across a stimulating mix of biological applications and further developing their methodological expertise. In addition to working closely with colleagues in BioSS, the post-holder will work with and grow our extensive collaborative network of statisticians, mathematicians and other quantitative experts working in plant and animal health.

Our ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • a PhD in statistics or another discipline with a large statistical component, or a relevant MSc with additional experience;
  • experience of collaborative working at the interface between statistics and biological sciences, corroborated by co-authored papers in scientific journals; and
  • the ability to interact positively, effectively and confidently with non-statisticians in formal and informal situations.

Grade and starting salary

This post will be offered at Hutton Grade D (statistician, salary range £31,365 - £38,250).

Please quote reference number BioSS 01-19 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 Instittue
Closing date
5pm 13th June 2019
Interview date
24th June 2019
Further information
Download the advert PDF and the "further information" PDF

Duration and location

  • This is a permanent appointment.
  • This position will be based within the BioSS Group based at the University of Edinburgh.
  • All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.
  • Potential applicants may contact Dr Iain McKendrick (iain.mckendrick@bioss.ac.uk, tel +44 (0) 131 650 4894) in confidence to discuss the post.

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.

Further details visit the BioSS Website

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