Research Assistant / Associate in Epidemiology or Spatial Modelling

Job summary

A Research Associate in Epidemiology and Spatial Modelling position is available at Imperial College London (ICL) as part of a joint interdisciplinary project between ICL and Conservation International. The project ‘Insights for Catalysing Conservation’ seeks to understand how, why and when biodiversity conservation initiatives go to scale, have rapid and widespread adoption. This research position will focus on understanding the spatial...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00629
  • Date posted 16 January 2020
  • Closing date 27 February 2020

Job description

Job summary

A Research Associate in Epidemiology and Spatial Modelling position is available at Imperial College London (ICL) as part of a joint interdisciplinary project between ICL and Conservation International. The project ‘Insights for Catalysing Conservation’ seeks to understand how, why and when biodiversity conservation initiatives go to scale, have rapid and widespread adoption. This research position will focus on understanding the spatial drivers of spread. 

Duties and responsibilities

You will work together with students and postdoctoral researchers within the Centre for Environmental Policy and Conservation International, under the direct supervision of Dr Morena Mills and in close collaboration with Dr Anna Freni Sterrantino from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

You will be in charge of running spatial statistical analysis to investigate possible associations between adoption of conservation initiatives and adopter and environmental factors. You will work in close collaboration with researchers focussed on different conservation initiatives to pilot the use of this technique to address why conservation goes to scale. If successful, the models you develop will be used to explore the spread of multiple conservation initiatives around the world.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD, (or equivalent) in Epidemiology, Statistics, Environmental Management, Conservation Science or a related field.

You must also meet the following essential criteria:

  • Experience running research projects
  • Experience with statistics, spatial modelling in particular with Bayesian statistical models with R-INLA.
  • Excellent coding skills in R
  • Enjoy working in teams to solve interdisciplinary problems
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and with confidence with colleagues

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum

This is a full-time, 3-month position. The start date is 1/11/2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Morena Mills at m.mills@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

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.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

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.