Research Associate - Epidemiological Modeller

Are you interested in joining the Population Ecology Group at CEH Wallingford to work on the spread and control of an invasive plant pathogen in the UK? We have a vacancy for a Research Associate - Epidemiological Modeller.

The CEH Research Associates’ programme provides individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring - through a structured 3 year programme -specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers. 

About the role

As an Epidemiological Modeller, you will work with an inter-disciplinary team that include mathematical modellers, epidemiologists, plant pathologists and environmental scientists, across CEH and with partner institutes, including University of Stirling, University of Salford, John Innes Centre, Fera and Forest Research.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

develop and analyse mathematical and simulation-based models for the potential spread of X. fastidiosa
model potential surveillance and control scenarios
analyse data from project partners to parameterise the models, including vector data, species distribution data and spread data
participate in project and stakeholder meeting and workshops
communication of science to peers and other stakeholders using appropriate techniques (e.g. posters, oral presentations, reports, refereed publications, workshops, popular science articles).

This is an excellent opportunity to gain the following skills: -

  • skills in using programming languages and high-performance computing
  • skills in Mathematical modelling
  • skills in use of ArcGIS (and, potentially, other GIS software) for capturing, storing, presenting and analysing spatial data
  • skills in statistical modelling
  • engaging with broader community of epidemiological modellers
  • policy engagement
  • plant epidemiology
  • paper writing
  • presentation skills.

About you

You will have a good degree (2.1) in an appropriate subject (mathematics, statistics, computer science, theoretical ecology, physics, engineering or similar). You will also have a PhD or equivalent relevant skills and knowledge.

You must have an excellent understanding of mathematical or simulation population modelling and be able to provide high quality data and/or information and scientific reports when necessary.

It is essential you have working knowledge of a scientific programming language (e.g. R, Matlab, Python, C etc.).

You will have a proven interest in plant health, disease vector ecology, epidemiology, ecology or similar and ability in high -performance computing.

The post will be based at CEH Wallingford.  Please contact Dr Steven White ( for informal enquiries.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board here

Please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC247839.

Interviews will take place on 05 February 2019.

Closing Date: 

18 January 2019


£28200 - £31000 per annum