Research Fellow: Mathematical Modelling

University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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You will join our team using artificial intelligence and mathematical modelling to examine the development of multimorbidity over the lifecourse as part of the MELD-B (Multidisciplinary Ecosystem to study Lifecourse Determinants and Prevention of Early-onset Burdensome Multimorbidity) research project. The post will be in the Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics group, which is part of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

MELD-B is an interdisciplinary project bringing together researchers in public health, statistical epidemiology, mathematical sciences and information systems to study the burden presented to patients by conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, depression and anxiety, along with their pattern of acquisition over patient lifetimes, in order to understand in greater detail how people develop complex and burdensome combinations of conditions and identify opportunities for effective intervention.

Your role will be to develop dynamical models for the acquisition of conditions and risk factors leading to early-onset burdensome multimorbidity and fit them to data from birth cohort and routine healthcare datasets to identify its early-life determinants. You will use a variety of methods such as approximate Bayesian computation and longitudinal cluster analysis. You will explore counterfactual scenarios to identify critical time-points for the prevention of early-onset burdensome multimorbidity. Working with team members in public health epidemiology you will compare dynamical and causal inference methods for identifying potential lifecourse preventable moments.

To be successful you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in computational mathematical modelling or a closely related subject. In addition to dynamical modelling research, an important part of the role is to interact with other MELD-B team members from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds and to become familiar with multimorbidity research. Thus an interest and motivation in learning about multimorbidity research outside of your disciplinary expertise and the ability to communicate effectively across disciplinary boundaries are essential.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation, and will give due consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and to those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy** and onsite childcare facilities and offers a range of benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

This role is full time fixed term until 30 September 2024 due to funding restrictions.

For informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Prof Rebecca Hoyle ( ).

Please include a covering letter, full CV and details of at least two referees in your application.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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