School of Mathematics

Applications sought for joint post between the School of Mathematics and BioSS

Principal Researcher in Applied Statistical Methodology, BioSS & Reader/Senior Lecturer in Statistics, University of Edinburgh

We seek an applied statistician with a strong methodological background who will continue to develop these research interests motivated by emerging problems in biological, environmental, agricultural and/or socio-economics research.

This is a joint post between Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (65%) and the School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh (35%). We offer a stimulating working environment (located in adjacent accommodation within the James Clerk Maxwell Building at the King’s Buildings campus with a shared common room and excellent facilities) and extensive opportunities to develop collaborations with scientists in both the research institute and university sectors.

In addition to the pursuit of independent statistical research across the institutions, the successful applicant will lead the Statistical Methodology research theme in BioSS, engage in knowledge transfer activities including postgraduate supervision, and deliver and develop teaching at all levels.

The post-holder will have separate, but mutually dependent, contracts with each employing organisation.

As well as having a very strong statistical/mathematical background, applicants should have:

  • a research track record of international standing including a substantial publication record, with evidence of methodological development to solve problems arising in scientific research;
  • evidence of research leadership, including project initiation, securing funding for research and achievement of stated milestones and deliverables;
  • evidence of ability to plan, prepare and deliver effective University level teaching;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Further information on the above post, including how to apply, is available on the BioSS website.  

Closing date 28 November 2014; Interview date 15 December 2014. Post Ref - BioSS/2/14. 

Potential applicants may contact Glenn Marion (, tel +44 (0) 131 650 4898) and Colin Aitken (, tel +44 (0) 131 650 4877) in confidence to discuss the post.