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Research Fellow (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (the Aviva Research Fellow) from 1 March 2020, in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics to work for the Cambridge Centre for Data Driven Discovery (C2D3) in partnership with Aviva, a founding member of C2D3. The co-directors of C2D3 are Professor Mihaela Van der Schaar (Mathematics) and Professor Anna Vignoles (Education).

The role holder will undertake short and long term research projects, in collaboration with Aviva, and provide short course training in data science methods, as well as consultancy advice as appropriate. There will be opportunities for the post holder to develop their own research projects.

Topics currently identified as of particular interest within the context of the University's partnership with Aviva range from the methodological to the empirical, including machine learning methodologies, personalised medicine, pension provision, transparency in algorithms and issues relating to data ethics.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The successful candidate will have, or about to receive a PhD in a quantitative discipline (e.g. data science, physics, economics, bioinformatics) and will have a sound understanding of data science methodologies

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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You will need to upload full curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a description of your recent and future research projects (not to exceed three pages).

The contact details of two academic referees will be required; please ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

The closing date for this position is 19 January 2020. Interviews will be held soon after this date.

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Please quote reference LE21830 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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