Research Fellow (107531-0523)

University of Warwick

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
£33,348 – £43,155 per annum.
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full time, Fixed term contract terminating for 4 months or until September 30, 2023, whichever comes earlier.
Application is invited for postdoctoral research fellow position to work on the project “Dimension Supercharged Projective Sampling” funded by The Royal Society. The post-holder will develop, analyse, optimise and implement novel computational MCMC and adaptive MCMC methodology targeting high dimensional spaces. The project will be led by Dr Krzysztof Latuszynski. Collaborators on the project will be Prof. Gareth Roberts (University of Warwick) and Dr Alexandre Thiery (National University of Singapore).
The post-holder will become part of the world-renowned Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick, in particular of its world-leading group in computational statistics, and will take active part in workshops, seminars and reading groups in this research area.
You should hold a PhD (if you are near to completion, you will be considered for the position of Research Assistant (£30,497 per annum)), together with strong background in computational statistics that covers at least two of the following fields: MCMC, diffusion processes, numerical stability of algorithms, preparation and publication of computer code for statistical methodology.
You are welcome to address informal enquires directly to Dr Krzysztof Latuszynski ([email protected]).
We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
Your application should include a CV with list of publications. You should ensure that your two referees send their references by email to [email protected] (Lynn McLean, Resources Manager, University of Warwick) by the closing date.
Interview Date: TBC.
Job Description
To develop, analyse, optimise and implement novel computational MCMC and adaptive MCMC methodology targeting high dimensional spaces.
To contribute to the research climate within the computational statistics group and the department of statistics.
1. To work collaboratively within the project as directed, working with other researchers and senior investigators on the project.
2. To establish a sound research base within the department in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality.
3. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets.
4. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department.
5. To develop and document releasable academic software implementing the developed methodology to aid dissemination theoretical and applied researchers in the field.
Administration and Other Activities
6. To participate in departmental activities such as workshops and other events.
7. To carry out small admin tasks (such as web support, help with event co-ordination) as directed by the project director.
8. To participate of relevant professional activities, such as departmental research seminars.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but to provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
PhD (awarded or very close to completion) or equivalent in Statistics, Mathematics or a closely allied discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Ability to develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer-reviewed journals. (a,d)
Essential Criteria 3
Ability to work individually and collaboratively as an integral part of a project team. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Effective communication (oral and written) and presentation skills. (c,d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Expertise in the following research fields: Markov chain Monte Carlo, diffusion processes. (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Ability to develop academic software in an appropriate programming language, such as R. (a,d)
Desirable Criteria 3
Understanding of numerical stability of algorithms. (a,d)
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Closing Date
7 Jun 2023

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