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Statistical Data Scientist

Salary Details:
£29,842 - £32,315
Location:
Harpenden
Work Area:
Science Capabilities
Closing Date:
03 Nov 2019
Overview Of Role

A postdoctoral or postgraduate statistical data scientist is required to join the Statistics and Data Science Group within the Computational and Analytical Sciences Department at Rothamsted Research.  The Statistics and Data Science Group contributes statistical data science expertise and research to collaborative projects and research programmes across all areas of Rothamsted science, from studies of genetics, genomics, biochemistry, cell biology and soil processes to investigations of sustainable food production at the field, ecosystem and landscape scale. 

Rothamsted statisticians have a long tradition of collaborating on the design and analysis of field experiments and the application of a wide range of statistical modelling approaches, and have contributed to the development of agricultural statistics for over 100 years, since the appointment of R.A Fisher as the first Rothamsted statistician in 1919.  Increasingly, however, our focus is shifting towards the analysis of 'omics data from lab studies, and to the combination of data from multiple sources and experiments, requiring the application of a range of modern statistical modelling and multivariate analysis methods, and consideration of a broader range of data science approaches including machine learning and other AI methods.
 
The successful applicant will act as liaison statistician/data scientist for an identified group of researchers (both staff and PhD students), and be expected to develop expertise in particular application areas (current areas of interest include multi-experiment analysis, metagenomics and satellite imagery) by building up medium-term collaborations. The post-holder will also be involved in the delivery and development of statistical training courses within the institute.
 
A broad working knowledge of the application of a broad range of statistics and/or data science approaches is required; experience related to the application of statistical data science approaches in plant or animal sciences would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the GenStat statistical package and R statistical programming environment. Experience in small-group teaching would be beneficial, as would experience of working in multidisciplinary research teams, and of communicating statistical data science concepts to non-statisticians.
 
Ideally, applicants will have a PhD in applied statistics or data science, or an appropriate MSc and a period of practical experience of applying statistical data science in plant or animal sciences.  Applicants with an MSc but limited practical experience may be considered for appointment at a lower salary.  This position is for a fixed 3-year term in the first instance, but it is anticipated that demand for statistical data science expertise within the institute will grow in the next few years. 
 
Informal enquiries could be made to Andrew Mead (andrew.mead@rothamsted.ac.uk), Head of Statistics and Data Science.
 
Interviews will be carried out 14th November 2019.
 
About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance, enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities.