Research Fellow- Research Fellow - EPIC 3 (Epidemiology, Economics and Risk Assessment Group

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 08.02.2019



This is an exciting opportunity for a quantitative epidemiologist to join a vibrant veterinary epidemiology research group ( based in the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. You will work with a large, multi-disciplinary team in the EPIC consortium, which contains epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, statisticians, social scientists and economists as well as experts in livestock diseases. The current position (2 years) will work on livestock disease surveillance (topic 3) in a range of areas that include analysis to add value to existing data collections; developing statistical approaches to integrate and analyse surveillance datasets; developing tools to detect changes in population characteristics and developing risk based approaches to disease surveillance. There is considerable scope to develop new strands of work within the existing framework and the post-holder will be expected to participate in the development of other projects within EPIC, as well as future projects. The successful candidate will have formal epidemiological/statistical training to PhD level with, ideally, 2 years post doc experience. They must work well within a team, have good communication skills and be comfortable working with and presenting to both scientists and government policy makers while being able to drive their own research within the remit of the project. Experience in implementing Bayesian graphical models, or related statistical methodologies, in R or other statistical platforms, would be highly desirable. Knowledge of the Scottish and European livestock industry would be an advantage. The current post is funded until March 2021 but we would anticipate extension if a new 5 year programme were commissioned by Scottish Government.

Job Purpose
As part of the Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (EPIC3), a multi-centre consortium funded by the Scottish Government, this position will involve research to develop statistical methods to analyse and integrate surveillance data to deliver decision support for Scottish Government, development of risk based approaches to surveillance and to add value to existing surveillance datasets.

Main Responsibilities
Conduct and facilitate a programme of research on veterinary disease surveillance, use of risk based approaches, early warning decision support tools, integration of data using statistical models, adding value to existing data via development of visualisation tools and development of disease freedom models to assist decision support post outbreak in the UK. This will include the design and delivery of specific studies guided by the PIs and steering committee. 45%
The post holder will maintain accurate and up to date records to document progress and maintain a repository of scripts for analyses and literature on policy from Scottish government and the EU/OIE. 10%
Contribute to dissemination and publication of research findings. 15%
The post holder will be expected to regularly report on progress to the PIs and other stakeholders. Presentation of research findings at national and international level. 5%
The post holder will be expected to organise 1-2 planning workshops per year and attend meetings of relevant international bodies such as FAO/OIE/WHO/EU. 15%
The post holder will be expected to contribute to other modules in the larger project and in the event of an exotic livestock disease outbreak will be expected to assist the Scottish Government in supporting data analysis or scenario modelling. 10%

Planning and Organising
The post holder will plan and manage an agreed programme of research activities including organising meetings with stakeholders, policy makers and other key organisations. They will lead the organisation of workshops with stakeholders to support research activities and maintain relevance. They will develop existing tools for risk modelling, economic analysis and scenario planning to estimate the influence of drivers on animal disease outbreak risk and impact. These activities will be supported by the PI, his group and other project partners.

Problem Solving
The post holder is expected to resolve most problems using accumulated experience with only the most serious non-standard issues referred to the line manage for assistance.

Decision Making
Taken independently: Organise own workload according to priority and adapt as necessary and setting of short-term time-lines. The post holder will normally be expected to make operational and research decisions autonomously but clear limits will be defined for decisions to be referred to the PI. Research methodology and major operational issues will be managed in conjunction with the PI.
In collaboration with others: Problem solving and data interpretation, survey design and discussion of short-term research aims and potential new research strategies.
Referred to line manager: Overall timelines, changes of direction, response to serious complex data (although input to these areas is expected)
Level of direction given: Line manager will offer general orientation and advice, in addition to support in developing and implementation of research strategy, there will be an appropriate degree of independence.

Key Contacts/Relationships
The post holder will responsible to the PI, his research group, the Roslin Institute and the EPIC CoE consortium members.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
A quantitative/statistical/epidemiological background to PhD or MSc minimum 2 years applied statistical experience.
Quantitative skills including statistical modelling and simulation modelling in the R software environment or other programming language.
Evidence of potential ability to understand Bayesian graphical modeling methodology, and to code and implement such methods in R or another statistical platform.
Ability to write and document numerical computer programs.
Strong organisational, presentation and communication skills.
Ability to generate good quality written reports in a timely manner.
Evidence of ongoing quality research output in livestock/epidemiology/economics areas.

Familiarity with the UK/Scottish agricultural system or similar systems.
Experience in implementing Bayesian graphical models, or related statistical methodologies, in R or other statistical platforms.
Knowledge of the major infectious diseases affecting livestock in the UK

The research group is part of the Genetics and Genomics Division at the Roslin Institute. The post holder will be expected to communicate and present the EPIC project work nationally and internationally by poster, presentation and publication.

Job Context and any other relevant information
The position will require regular national and international travel to coordinate with project partners and meet stakeholders.

The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 - £39,609 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2021.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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    var links = document.querySelectorAll(".targetLink"), i, j, aTags, string; for(i=0; i The Roslin Institute ( ) The Roslin Institute is a world-leading centre for animal bioscience research and has a distinctive niche within the UK National Institutes of Bioscience, supported strategically by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The Institute moved to a new £60M state-of-the-art building at the Easter Bush Campus in 2011, which is now occupied by > 670 people including ~ 65 Group Leaders and Career Track Fellows, other research and support staff, students and visitors and ~90 staff from Scotland's Rural College. The Institute has a vibrant programme of postgraduate research, with 176 PhD students registered at the time of writing. Research at the Institute is organised across three research divisions (Genetics & Genomics, Infection & Immunity and Developmental Biology) and three Institute Strategic Programmes (BBSRC funded from 2017-2022) that integrate many disciplines (Blueprints for Healthy Animals, Control of Infectious Diseases and Improving Animal Productivity & Welfare). Crosscutting themes in Epidemiology and Population Health and in Clinical Sciences link research at the Institute to clinical activities in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and support the research activities of clinical academic staff. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), a joint submission from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute and Scotland's Rural College was ranked 1st by research power (volume x quality) in the category of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science.

    Over £200M has been invested in physical infrastructure at Easter Bush since 2008, including recently in the National Avian Research Facility and the Charnock Bradley Building, which houses the Roslin Innovation Centre - an incubator space for agritech start-up companies and spin out companies to commercialise the Institute's intellectual property. Investments continue, as the Institute is a major partner in the new Agri-Tech Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, which together with the University, funds the construction of a £25 M Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility. The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, primed by investment from the Gates Foundation and Department for International Development, aims to unlock the genetic potential of farmed animals by dissecting genotype-by-environment interactions to sustainably improve animal productivity in low- and middle-income countries.

    The Institute's income exceeds £30M p.a., around 50% of which derives from the BBSRC via strategic and competitive funding. Our focus on improving farming systems, animal productivity and welfare, and the control of animal and zoonotic diseases is key to delivery of the BBSRC's strategic priorities for Agriculture & Food Security, Veterinary Vaccinology and Bioscience for Health. This research is expedited by extensive interactions with industry, including via ongoing platform agreements with major animal breeding and pharmaceutical companies. The addition of our own £15M equity-funded commercialisation vehicle, Roslin Technologies Ltd, will accelerate translation of research at the Institute in the years to come. The Institute holds a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science.

    Further details of the research conducted at the Institute can be found in the Job Description and via our website ( )

      The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS) ( ) The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, headed by Professor David Argyle, has an international reputation for its research, teaching and clinical services. In 2008, The Roslin Institute was incorporated into the University and became the R(D)SVS associated research institute. The School is consistently highly ranked by The Times Higher and the Guardian newspaper.

    The School is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and participates in the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions Service (VMCAS).

    The School, (with The Roslin Institute) and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), were part of a joint submission to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This submission to Unit of Assessment 6 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) was ranked as number 1 in the UK. The joint submission was the largest to UoA6, with over three quarters of the research outputs submitted judged to be "world leading" or "internationally excellent". Over 80% of the submitted impact studies were scored highly, in addition to which the research environment was scored as 100% at 4*. The REF results saw the School maintain its position as the number 1 ranked vet school for research in the UK.

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    The School has recently established a new Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security with £35M funding from the University. Its vision is to enhance sustainable development in global agriculture and rural land-based and aquatic economies. This will involve interdisciplinary teaching programmes intended to bridge theory, policy and practice, as well as basic and applied research that complements that of The Roslin Institute. It is forming partnerships across academia, commerce, government, civil society and local communities to form equitable relationships to improve food security.

    The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to advance the representation of women in veterinary medicine.
      The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Professor Moira Whyte is the Head of College, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK. The College employs over 3000 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

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    The undergraduate medicine teaching programme in the College enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally, with over 1,300 students enrolled on the MBChB and Intercalated courses and nearly 1000 on the Veterinary Sciences BVS and related programmes. In addition, approximately 2000 students are currently enrolled in the College's taught and research post-graduate courses, including an extensive range of online distance learning diplomas and degrees. They are trained by over 1000 outstanding academic staff. Details of PhDs, research programmes and studentships are available through our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres .

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    The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus houses outstanding teaching and clinical facilities as well as the splendid Roslin Institute, one of the world's leading veterinary research centres. The College offers outstanding opportunities to address 'One Health' and Global Health problems of the highest international priority.

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    The College's reputation as one of the world's leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University's largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK's top Vet School. It made a joint submission with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions, representing a major advance. Overall, 84% of the College's research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of 'one medicine' research (human and animal medicine), the University of Edinburgh's research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK.   The University of Edinburgh For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They've explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
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