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Research Fellow

Mathematics & Statistics
Salary:   £30,395 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Friday 04 January 2019
Reference:  100129-108

We invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates to join the new Computational Statistical Inference for Engineering and Security (CoSInES) project. This is a timely project developing new theory and methodology within Statistical Science and Scalable Computational Statistics, with particular focus on applications within the exciting new areas of Data-Centric Engineering and Defence and Security. 

This £3M programme led by Gareth Roberts at Warwick is funded by the EPSRC, and brings together research groups from the Universities of Lancaster, Bristol, Oxford and Warwick. A major project partner will be the Turing, in particular its programmes on Data-Centric Engineering (DCE) and Defence and Security (D&S). More details of the CoSInES project can be found at the following link including details about the CoSInES Launch Day taking place on 2 November, 2018. 

We are seeking to recruit five or six research associates to join a team of investigators which includes the five contacts listed below as well as Mark Briers (Turing), Arnaud Doucet (Oxford), Adam Johansen (Warwick), Anthony Lee (Bristol and Turing), and Alex Mijatovic (Warwick and Turing). 

It is vital that we employ individuals with complementary skills covering the theoretical, methodological, computational and application-oriented aspects of the project. Some of the appointed research associates will have the opportunity to engage closely with the DCE and D&S programmes at Turing. 

Active collaboration across the partner institutions, and with the Turing, is expected. These positions are for up to four years, and we aim to make at least one appointment at each of the four institutions. 

You should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Statistics or a related discipline. You will work directly with the investigators to undertake and support the research necessary to achieve your University’s aims within this grant. This will include, for example, publishing in leading statistical/application journals, presentation of research at workshops and conferences, developing code implementing new statistical methods, and active involvement in project meetings. You will be experienced in one or more of the following areas: Statistics, Computational Statistics, Theory and methodology of Stochastic Algorithms, High-Performance Computing. You will have demonstrated the ability to develop new statistical methodology. We are particularly keen to encourage applicants with strong computational skills, and are looking to put together a team of researchers with skills that cover theoretical, methodological and applied statistics. A demonstrable ability to produce academic writing of the highest publishable quality is essential. 

The application process is being administered by the University of Warwick. Applicants must apply through the Warwick University’s website for Warwick, Bristol, Oxford and Lancaster posts. Please ensure you state clearly which position(s) you wish to be considered for when applying.

Applications must include a 1 page (max) document in their application which describes how they will be able to contribute to the CoSInES project. Applicants are also encouraged to attend the CoSInES launch day which will be held on 2 November, 2018. 

Candidates who are considering making an application are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Gareth Roberts (gareth.o.roberts@warwick.ac.uk), Professor Mark Girolami (m.girolami@warwick.ac.uk), Professor Christophe Andrieu (c.andrieu@bristol.ac.uk), Professor Paul Fearnhead (p.fearnhead@lancaster.ac.uk), Professor Arnaud Doucet (doucet@stats.ox.ac.uk) or Professor Judith Rousseau (judith.rousseau@stats.ox.ac.uk) 

Positions available: immediately for up to 4 years 

All applicants should ensure that two referees send a letter of reference by email to Paula.Matthews@warwick.ac.uk (Department Administrator, Statistics, Warwick) by the closing date.

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