Research Assistant

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented junior researcher with strong quantitative background and programming skills to join the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Imperial College London, to work on the area of spatio-temporal statistics. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, you will work on an international project on “Spatio-temporal dynamics of arboviral diseases in Brazil in a changing climate”. This is a collaboration...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01419
  • Date posted 4 September 2019
  • Closing date 29 September 2019

Job description

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented junior researcher with strong quantitative background and programming skills to join the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Imperial College London, to work on the area of spatio-temporal statistics.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, you will work on an international project on “Spatio-temporal dynamics of arboviral diseases in Brazil in a changing climate”. This is a collaboration between the Departments of “Epidemiology and Biostatistics” and “Infectious Disease Epidemiology” of Imperial College with the Department of Epidemiology of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Toronto (Canada).

Duties and responsibilities

By taking advantage of multiple data sources, from remote sensing and in situ data, you  will work at the development of a spatio-temporal approach grounded within a Bayesian framework with the following key goals: (i) to examine the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of arboviral diseases (dengue and chikungunya) in relationship to climatological factors, in presence of changes in the local environmental conditions, (ii) to predict the probability of outbreak of the diseases in space through time with quantified uncertainty.

Essential requirements

This project would suit a statistician, mathematician, ecologist, environmental scientist with excellent numeracy and computational skills. You must have a substantial experience in statistical modelling, specifically characterised by spatial and temporal structures, ideally in the context of data assimilation or machine learning. General knowledge of arboviral disease dynamics is desirable.

Required qualifications and skills for this position are:

- Master of Science or equivalent in statistics, mathematics, ecology, environmental science or related area, with a strong statistical background

- Demonstrated training in statistical modelling and other quantitative methods

- Strong programming skills (such as R or Python)

- Experience in data visualization and manipulation of large data sets

- Experience in Bayesian statistical modelling and computation Experience with modern statistical inference tools such as R-INLA, Stan, or with platforms for machine learning such as TensorFlow

Required abilities are:

- Ability to develop and apply new concepts

- Ability to understand and effectively analyse and present complex concepts and data

- Creative approach to problem-solving

- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of audience

- Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication

- Ability to organise own work with minimum supervision

- Ability to write/co-write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals

- Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines

Further information

Location: Imperial College London - St Mary's Campus, with research visits to the University of São Paulo – School of Public Health (Brazil).

This fixed-term post is available from 1 November 2019 for 20 months.

Interview date: 14 October 2019

For more information, please contact:  Dr Monica Pirani - monica.pirani@imperial.ac.uk

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.