Research Assistant / Associate / Fellow in Geo-Statistics

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

August 1, 2022


Research Assistant / Associate / Fellow in Geo-Statistics

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the growing research in Geospatial Data Science within the College of Science and Engineering, this research associate/fellow will work with Professor Ana Basiri and the growing team to investigate the geospatial patterns of missingness in ‘new forms of data', user-generated and self-reported data.

The successful candidate will make (a leading) contribution to the formulation and delivery of world-leading research, developing their own career and team through delivering high impact outputs, submission of research proposals to develop their team and research, supervision of PhD and MSc students, presenting and organising conferences, seminars and workshops in the relevant areas as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator:

1. Study the spatial patterns and distribution of the missingness in ‘new forms of data', e.g. crowdsourced data, social media, as well as self-reported and administrative data to understand the underlying reasons for missingness and under-representations.

2. Evaluate the impacts of implementing statistical and machine learning techniques on data with missingness for the purpose of imputation and also understanding the patterns of missingness.

3. Collaborate with the growing team in Geospatial Data Science at the University of Glasgow, and project partners- including Ordnance Survey GB, Google, Microsoft Research, Uber, Meta, and the Alan Turing Institute - to develop a statistical framework analysing and validating ‘new forms of data' and design and develop mobile and web apps based on the best practices for more inclusive and responsible technologies.

4. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy. 5. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate. 6. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/School/Research Group, including contributing to publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem. 7. Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

8. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research. 9. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and wider community. 10. Contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development. 11. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

12. Carry out modest Teaching activities (e.g demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator. 13. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

14. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate. 15. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

16. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Welcome.

For appointment at grade 7 :

17. Perform the above duties with a higher degree of independence, leadership and responsibility, particularly in relation to planning, funding, collaborating and publishing research, and mentoring colleagues. 18 Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.

19. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

For appointment at grade 8

20. The candidate is expected to perform the above duties with a higher degree of independence, leadership and responsibility, particularly in relation to planning, funding, collaborating and publishing research, and mentoring colleagues, establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Knowledge & Qualifications


A1 SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree) in a relevant subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent.

A2 Extensive (theoretical and practical) knowledge of quantitative data analysis, (geo-) statistics, imputation, inference systems, and simulation

For appointment at Grade 7:

A3 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s).


B1 Good knowledge and experience of using at least two of the followings: analysing missing data (in particular Missingness Not At Random), causal inference, geographically weighted regression, or informative imputation

Knowledge and Skills


C1 Extensive experience at least in one programming language (e.g. Python, R)

C2 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.

C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.

C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.

C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate.

C7 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working.

C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach.

For appointment at Grade 7:

C9 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism.



E1 Sufficient relevant research experience (or equivalent) appropriate to an early career researcher.

E2 Experience of scientific writing.

E3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

E4 Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field.

For appointment at Grade 7:

E5 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including postdoctoral experience or equivalent in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher.

E6 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.

E7 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities.

E8 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

E9 Experience in undertaking independent research.

For appointment at grade 8

E10 Substantial, relevant research experience in a related field

E11 An established national/international profile


F1 An emerging national or international reputation.

Job Features

The aspects described below will be performed in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator.


• To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality

• Publish as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales

• Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students

• Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy

• Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6/7/8, £29,614 - £33,309/£36,382 - £40,927/£44,706 - £51,799 per annum.

This post is available at full time with funding for 2 years in the first instance.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Closing date: 1 August 2022

Vacancy Ref : 091109 Close Date : 01-Aug-2022 23:45

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg,...