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Research Fellow in Data Analysis

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (6 months)
Closing Date:  Thursday 16 July 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1271020DA

A Research Fellow in Data Analysis is required to join the University of Southampton and contribute towards a project utilising satellite data to make predictions about the destination of ships. This is part of a collaborative project between Polychord, a University of Cambridge spinout,and the University of Southampton’s Maritime Engineering Group.  

The project will take the Polychord tool, originally developed to deal with data that came from the Planck satellite and went from the present day to the Big Bang, spanning ten billion years, and transfer its application to analysis in the marine domain. It is an excellent opportunity to develop practical Machine Learning skills with the support of world-leading experts at the University of Southampton, the University of Cambridge and the Alan Turing Institute, the UKs national institute for AI and data science.

The Research Fellow in Data Analysis will be required undertake the following:

  • Development of the polychord methodology for use in predicting arrival times for ships.
  • Lead the project management over a 6 month period, presenting progress at weekly meetings.
  • Writing and editing of reports.
  • Participation in impact and public engagement activities.

The successful Research Fellow in Data Analysis will have the following skills, experience and attributes:

  • PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Engineering, Computer Science, Science or Mathematics.
  • Strong interest in developing Machine Learning skills.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills, comfortable talking with colleagues, stakeholders and potential customers.
  • An interest in the commercial impact of relevant research.

Some experience using nested sampling is desirable but not essential.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016. We give full consideration to applicants wishing to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

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.

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 Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 1271020DA 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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