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Research Fellow in Statistics


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,799 to £35,550
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 30/04/2021)
Closing Date:   Saturday 30 June 2018
Interview Date:   Monday 16 July 2018
Reference:  1013818PJ

Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and Mathematical Sciences

Applications are invited for a fixed-term position of Research Fellow in Statistics within the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

This position is part of an EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary collaborative project between Statistics at the University of Southampton, Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. The project will develop methodology for robust discovery of complex chemical products using automated techniques.

The Southampton arm of the project is led by Professor David Woods. The successful applicant will also collaborate with the other grant investigators and supporting research staff and PhD students. The opportunity may arise to co-supervise a PhD student whose project is in a related area.

The main focus of the project will be the development, implementation and application of novel methods for Bayesian optimal design of experiments for complex nonlinear models. To effectively address the substantive applications from chemistry and chemical engineering, the developed methodology will need to address multi-stage and multi-level sequential experimentation, using appropriate computational techniques to facilitate the efficient search for optimal designs.

You will be a proactive and experienced researcher who has, or is about to obtain, a PhD* in Statistics or with equivalent research experience. You will have good communication skills and be able to interact effectively with collaborators in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and other scientific disciplines. A background in Design of Experiments and/or Bayesian modelling and computation is essential, and experience of Bayesian design of experiments is desirable.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and may be made to Professor David Woods, telephone +44 (0)23 8059 5117, email:

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1013818PJ on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.



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