Research Fellow in Data Science (Fixed Term) Ref 2369

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed Term until 31 July 2020
Reference: 2369
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 27 September 2019
Closing date:  28 October 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: Monday 4 November 2019
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description 

The University of Sussex invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Data Intensive Science Centre.

This position is funded by the Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC) and University of Sussex and is intended to produce socio-economic benefit from fundamental research. 

Your task will be to apply advanced data science and machine learning techniques to a variety of problems.  

One particular ongoing project is using Earth Observations to improve hazard early warning models in Kenya (AstroCast). 

The AstroCast project will continue the development and implementation of models for forecasting the vegetative condition from Earth Observations. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of astronomers and climate and land change scientists and work with government and non-government agencies in Kenya. 

You will be encouraged to develop new interdisciplinary research projects within and outside the university with a view to making this role sustainable.

You will be someone who has the imagination and technical skills to find creative, collaborative solutions to these important problems.

You will work within the Data Intensive Science Centre, the Astronomy Centre, and as part of the Schools of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Global Studies (ranked number 1 in the world for development studies in QS 2018).

Enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Seb Oliver ( 

Candidates should complete an application form and include a CV and a statement of research interests and skills with their application.

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How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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