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JOB: 3 posts in statistical ecology, St Andrews

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Steve Buckland <[log in to unmask]>

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Steve Buckland <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 14 Sep 1999 14:34:17 +0100 (BST)

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_______________________________________________________

    U N I V E R S I T Y   O F   S T   A N D R E W S
_______________________________________________________

   School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

              Centre for Research into 
        Ecological and Environmental Modelling
_______________________________________________________

            3 Posts in Statistical Ecology
_______________________________________________________

As part of a major initiative to set up a new centre,
we are seeking to appoint three new staff.

Post 1:  Research Fellow 1A / Research Fellow 2 - 
                                     Ref: KC041/AMC1/99

A post for an applied statistician, initially for at 
least 1.5 years, exists in the Research Unit for 
Wildlife Population Assessment (RUWPA;  see 
http://www.ruwpa.st-and.ac.uk).  You will spend up to 
half your time working on projects within the Sea Mammal 
Research Unit (SMRU;  see http://smub.st-and.ac.uk/).  
Depending on experience and expertise, you will also 
work on projects in one or more of the following areas:  
development of sightings survey methodology;  spatial 
and spatio-temporal modelling of species abundance;  
generalized additive models (GAMs);  state-space 
modelling;  assessment of cetacean abundance;  surveys 
of red, roe and sika deer in Scotland;  fisheries stock 
assessments.

You should have a good honours degree in statistics, or 
a good honours degree in biology or mathematics with a 
strong statistical background, and several years' 
experience as an applied statistician. A PhD in a 
relevant topic would be a strong advantage, as would 
extensive experience with any of the following:  GAMs;  
MCMC methods;  state-space models;  wildlife assessment 
methods;  S-Plus.  You should be able to communicate 
well and enthusiastically with biologists, and should 
have consultancy experience.
________________________________________________________

Post 2:  Research Fellow 1A - Ref: KC042/AMC1/99

A post, initially for one year, is available in RUWPA, 
also closely linked with SMRU.  You will develop a 
simulation model of harbour porpoise dynamics in the 
North Sea and adjacent waters.  Following a general 
methodology devised by the International Whaling 
Commission, the simulation model will evaluate the 
consequences of management actions by explicitly 
addressing the key area of uncertainty concerning 
porpoise population structure and dynamics, based on 
the limited available information.

You should have a PhD and experience in mathematical 
modelling of biological populations, or other relevant 
experience.  You will be hard-working, self-motivated 
and innovative.  Ideally, you would have had exposure to 
modelling work conducted by the International Whaling 
Commission. 
________________________________________________________

Post 3:  Research Fellow 1A - Ref: KC154/AMC1/99

This position is available on combining population 
dynamic modelling and statistical modelling for 
ecological impact assessment.  The idea is to integrate 
population dynamic models within a statistical modelling 
framework, in order to improve ecological predictions for 
impact assessment.  The work will build on existing 
methodology developed at St. Andrews for fitting and 
inference using population dynamic models, the structure 
of which may include non-parametric smooth terms.  The 
project provides much scope for innovative work in 
population dynamics and methodological statistics.  The 
post is funded by Zeneca Agrochemicals (as part of its 
strategic research program) and will involve collaboration 
with Dr Tim Kedwards and colleagues in Zeneca's ecological 
risk assessment section based at Jealott's Hill in 
Berkshire.   You will work at St Andrews with Dr Simon 
Wood at the Mathematical Institute.  You should have a PhD 
or expect to obtain one shortly, although candidates 
without a PhD may be considered if they have suitable 
experience.  The position is available for 2 years in the 
first instance. 

Informal inquiries should be directed to Steve Buckland: 
[log in to unmask]  

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the RA1A scale 
for research staff ie 16,286 - 24,479 pounds per annum or in 
the case of post 1, for an exceptional candidate, Scale 2  
ie 22,579- 30,065 pounds per annum. (1 UK pound = US$1.62.)

Closing Date for Posts 1 and 2:  7 October 1999
Closing Date for Post 3:  27 September 1999

Application forms and further particulars from Personnel 
Services, University of St Andrews, College Gate, North 
Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ (tel: +44-(0)1334-462571, 
fax +44-(0)1334-462570 or e-mail [log in to unmask]). 
We regret applications cannot be made by e-mail.

The University operates Equal Opportunities and No Smoking 
Policies.


_________________________________________________________________________
Stephen T. Buckland
Mathematical Inst., North Haugh, St Andrews KY16 9SS, Scotland
Tel.    01334-463787  (+44-1334-463787)
Fax     01334-463748  (+44-1334-463748)
e-mail  [log in to unmask]
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Professor of Statistics            http://www.ruwpa.st-and.ac.uk/stats/
Director, Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
                                   http://www.creem.st-and.ac.uk/
Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment
                                   http://www.ruwpa.st-and.ac.uk/
_________________________________________________________________________







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