University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 713-PDRA8 [#17336]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Edinburgh, City of EH9 3JZ, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Statistics
Application Deadline: 2021/03/16 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/02/17, listed until 2021/03/16)
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Grade UE07 - £33,797 - £40,322

School of Mathematics

Full time – 35 hours per week

Fixed term for 36 months

The Opportunity:

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate in Statistics within the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The position will contribute to the research programme in Dr Timothy Cannings’ EPSRC New Investigator Award EP/V002694/1 entitled New challenges in robust statistical learning, which covers topics such as transfer learning, classification with label noise and missing data.

The post is full time and available from 1st May 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter, by negotiation), for a 36-month fixed term contract. Your skills and attributes for success:

Essential: A PhD in statistics or related field (completed or near completion)

Essential: Capable of working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines or technical backgrounds

Desired: A track record in developing creative and innovative approaches to modern statistical problems

Desired: An enthusiasm to contribute to the research environment within the statistics group in the School of Mathematics

Desired: Strong programming skills (e.g. R)

Please enclose with your online application a complete CV and research statement (up to 2 sides of A4).

In addition, please have at least two referees send letters of recommendation directly to by the application deadline. – Please do not send your application to this email address, this is for references only.

The closing date for applications will be 16th March 2021 . Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

The School of Mathematics:

The School of Mathematics is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the Mathematical Sciences in Europe, with over 100 members of academic staff. Research in Statistics within the School is led by Professor Ruth King, and includes 25 research staff and a vibrant postgraduate research environment. The School hosts the Centre for Statistics and an associated Statistical Consultancy Unit. The post holder will also have the opportunity to interact with colleagues in the School of Informatics, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and the Roslin Institute. Edinburgh is home to the Bayes Centre, a hub for data-driven innovation, and The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, one of the UK’s major resources in the mathematical sciences.

As a valued member of our team you can expect: An exciting, positive, creative and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally. About the Team

The School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to internationally excellent researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Our location in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland puts us in the centre of a vibrant community of academics, cultural institutions, industry partners and research institutes.

As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our mathematical research. We have over seventy permanent members of academic staff and over twenty research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. Our Graduate School has over eighty research students and over one hundred MSc students, and our postgraduate provision has gone from strength to strength with the recent introduction of Doctoral Training Centres in Analysis and its Applications, and in Data Science. We have close links with the School of Informatics and are actively involved in current data science developments, particularly as one of the 5 UK-wide partners in the Alan Turing Institute.

The School is passionate about delivering a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. Quantitative skills have never been more in demand in the world, and our students graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, independent learning and communication. Within 6 months of graduating, 93% of our students are in full-time employment or study. In 2010 the Teaching Programme review "welcomed the excellent quality of education" provided by the School.

The School of Mathematics holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing the representation of women in mathematics.

Further information about the School, our research and our teaching is available at

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