Research Associate in Statistics

Imperial College London Department of Mathematics

Job summary

The Statistics Section seeks applications for the position of Research Associate, to start on or around 1 October 2022. You will conduct research under the supervision of Professor David van Dyk in collaboration with the CHASC International Center for Astrostatistics. The CHASC Center is an international consortium of astrophysicists and statisticians working to solve statistical challenges arising in astrophysics, solar physics, and particle...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01146
  • Date posted 26 April 2022
  • Closing date 26 May 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £45,234 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Mathematics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Statistics Section seeks applications for the position of Research Associate, to start on or around 1 October 2022. You will conduct research under the supervision of Professor David van Dyk in collaboration with the CHASC International Center for Astrostatistics. The CHASC Center is an international consortium of astrophysicists and statisticians working to solve statistical challenges arising in astrophysics, solar physics, and particle physics. 

The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (US). Work will focus on developing Bayesian methods and statistical software for fitting sophisticated astrophysical models to complex data collected with high-tech instruments. This often involves a sequence of statistical analyses and methodological development will focus on properly accounting for errors and carrying uncertainty forward within such sequences of analyses, paying particular attention to assessment of model and systematic uncertainties. Particular applications will include analysing the morphology of extended astrophysical images, accounting for uncertainty in instrumental effects such as point spread functions, and accounting for classification errors when analysing populations of sources.

Further information about the Statistics Section can be found at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/statistics/ and information about the CHASC Center can be found at: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/AstroStat/

Duties and responsibilities

Work will focus on developing Bayesian methods and statistical software for fitting sophisticated astrophysical models to complex data collected with high-tech instruments. This often involves a sequence of statistical analyses and methodological development will focus on properly accounting for errors and carrying uncertainty forward within such sequences of analyses, paying particular attention to assessment of model and systematic uncertainties. Particular applications will include analysing the morphology of extended astrophysical images, accounting for uncertainty in instrumental effects such as point spread functions, and accounting for classification errors when analysing populations of sources.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Statistics, Biostatistics, Astrophysics, or closely related discipline. You will have research interests in a relevant area of statistical science.

You must be able to demonstrate extensive experience developing statistical method in a collaborative scientific setting. 

You will have a specialist knowledge of statistics, particularly in statistical computation, Bayesian method and/or astrostatistics or closely related areas, together with extensive experience in the development of statistical methods in a collaborative scientific setting.

In addition, you will have

  • An ability to carry out original research and to produce published research papers
  • An ability to identify, develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods
  • An ability to keep accurate records of research results and activity
  • An ability to interact in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Excellent computing skills, particularly in R, Python, or C

Further information

The position is fixed term for 24 months. The expected start date is 1 October 2022 or soon thereafter.

The maximum salary on appointment is £45,234 per annum

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range, £36,694- £39,888 per annum.

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV,
  • A 1-page research statement describing why the candidate’s expertise is relevant to this position and future research plans; and
  • The details of three referees.

For any specific queries regarding the post please contact Professor David van Dyk - d.van-dyk@imperial.ac.uk

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