School of Mathematics

Jonathan Gair

The University of Edinburgh The School of Mathematics Room: 3617 James Clerk Maxwell Building, The King's Buildings, Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD Scotland
Tel: Work 0131 650 4899

Research Interests

Big data in the physical sciences; analysis and exploitation of data from gravitational wave detectors; quantifying uncertainty in inference based on complex models; statistical emulation in the physical, biological and environmental sciences.

Research Groups

Recent Conference and Workshop Involvement

• 2015 (June): Plenary speaker at 11th Amaldi meeting on gravitational waves, Gwangju, South Korea;

• 2015 (May): invited speaker at Intractable Likelihood workshop, Bristol, UK;

• 2014 (Dec): plenary speaker at Questions of Horizon workshop, Paris, France;

• 2014 (Oct): invited speaker at India-UK Frontiers of Science meeting, Khandala, India.

Biographical Statement

I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2015 as a Reader in statistics. I hold a joint appointment with Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS), for whom I am Principal Researcher in Applied Statistical Methodology. Prior to coming to Edinburgh, the focus of my work was on the development of statistical techniques and mathematical models for the analysis of data in the physical sciences, specifically current and future gravitational wave detectors, including LIGO, eLISA and pulsar timing arrays. Since coming to Edinburgh, I have continued that involvement, while also starting to look at data analysis problems in the biological and environmental sciences within BioSS.

Previous Employment

• Royal Society University Research Fellow, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, 2007-2015;

• Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, 2004-2007;

• Post-doctoral research fellow, Theoretical Astrophysics including Relativity group, California Institute of Technology, 2002-2004.


PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics University of Cambridge (2002)

Certificate of Further Study in Mathematics (Part III Maths) University of Cambridge (1999)

BA Mathematics (MA 2001) University of Cambridge (1998)