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Research Fellow in Uncertainty Quantification and Experimental Design

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,866 to £34,804 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date:  Monday 24 February 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 27 March 2020
Reference:  1230520CC

Bayesian Agent-Based Population Studies

This is an exciting opportunity to join a cutting-edge methodological project “Bayesian Agent-based Population Studies: Transforming Simulation Models of Human Migration”, funded by the European Research Council (

The aim of the project is to develop a ground-breaking simulation model of international migration, based on a population of intelligent, cognitive agents, their social networks and institutions, all interacting with one another. In the modelling process, we will use Bayesian statistical principles to design innovative computer simulations, and to learn about the way the simulated individuals make decisions through cognitive experiments. In this way, the project aims to integrate behavioural and social theory with modelling.

The project is led by Professor Jakub Bijak, directing an interdisciplinary team with expertise in demography, agent-based models, statistical analysis of uncertainty, meta-cognition, and computer simulations.

You will have, or will be close to completing, a PhD* (or equivalent professional qualifications) with a strong statistical or mathematical component, such as in statistics, mathematics or computer science; knowledge of Bayesian statistics; and experience in statistical modelling of complex processes and uncertainty quantification. Proficiency in the use of R or other equivalent statistical software; the ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team; and write research presentations and papers are also essential attributes.

This research position will be based in the Department of Social Statistics and Demography, within the Faculty of Social Sciences. You will work closely with the project team: Professor Jakub Bijak (project leader) and Professor Peter W F Smith (also Social Statistics and Demography), in relation to the statistical aspects of the work; and also with Dr Philip Higham (Psychology), and Professor Adelinde Uhrmacher (Computer Science, University of Rostock), as well as with the three other research fellows on this project. We also envisage maintaining close working relationships and information exchange with the ESRC Centre for Population Change, whose hub is at the University of Southampton (

*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 their PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Jakub Bijak, email:, telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7486.

The job is available from 1 April 2020, and should start no later than on 1 June 2020.

 Application Procedure

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote vacancy reference number 1230520CC on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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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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