Research Fellow - School of Mathematics - 100056

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£31,406 to £43,434

06 Aug 2022
25 Aug 2022

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Reference number: BIR-220001HF

Position Details

School of Mathematics

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927 with potential progression once in post to £43,434

Grade 7

Full Time, Fixed term contract up to 6 months (with a possible extension of a further 6 months)

Closing date: 25th August 2022 



The School of Mathematics welcomes applications for a Research Fellowship in Applied Mathematics and Statistics to work with Dr Panayiota Touloupou (Assistant Professor in Statistics at University of Birmingham) and Dr Joaquin M. Prada (Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at University of Surrey) on the Task Force For Global Health funded project "Efficient post-elimination surveillance strategies for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)". The post-holder will be involved in the development of statistical methods for optimizing NTD diagnostics and sampling strategies for low-prevalence settings, as part of a collaboration with leading experts in the World Health Organization and Task Force for Global Health. The post-holder will engage and work closely with scientists at Lancaster University (Dr Emanuele Giorgi, Dr Claudio Fronterre and Prof Peter Diggle). 

The post is available for a period of 6 months with funding available for 6 months further (pending approval). The starting date is 14th of October 2022 or earlier (with some flexibility). Remote working based in the UK can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on 8 or 9 of September 2022 (to be confirmed). 

The successful candidate will join a community of researchers in the Mathematical Data Science group within the School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham, and the campus-wide interdisciplinary environment provided, for example, through the Institute of Interdisciplinary Data Science and AI. The group consists of 10 permanent staff as well as a large cohort of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers and has a proven track-record in mentoring and supporting the development of early-career researchers. The profile and research interests of the group may be found at:

Applicants should have a PhD in the relevant area (see person specification below) awarded or submitted at the time of taking up the position, a strong record of research and publications and familiarity with mathematical or statistical modelling or epidemiology. Research experience in Neglected Tropical Diseases would be considered an advantage. Please upload your CV, a cover letter (2 pages maximum), a list of publications and names and emails of three contactable referees.

The School of Mathematics aims to provide a supportive and friendly environment for staff to develop as researchers and lecturers. The School is a supportive and people-focused friendly environment, committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We encourage applications from the widest community and provide equal opportunities in our recruitment processes. The School of Mathematics holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. The School also supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, whose aim is to support mathematics departments to embed equal opportunities for women within their working practices, and is a member of the Piscopia which forms a UK-community of women and non-binary students and mathematics researchers. The University of Birmingham holds the Advance HE's Race Equality Charter Bronze award, a framework through which we are working to self-reflect, identify and remove barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students.


Summary of Role

  • Conduct original research within the research project.

  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results.

  • Disseminate research findings through publications, seminars/presentations etc.

  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids.


Main Duties

  • The post-holder will take day-to-day charge of the data analysis and mathematical modelling aspects of the project, under the supervision of Drs Touloupou and Prada.

  • They will adapt and/or expand the mathematical model “TRANSFIL” so it is fit for purpose and can be used to tackle the objectives of the project.

  • They will adapt and/or expand the statistical methodologies to integrate geostatistical maps with transmission models of disease dynamics.

  • Expected to engage and travel to the teams at Surrey and Lancaster.

  • Expected to present their work through reports and presentations to collaborators or in conferences and workshops.

  • Expected to write publications based on research findings.

  • Undertake management/administration arising from research.

  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration.

  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.

  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research.

  • Deal with the problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

  • Any other responsibilities/tasks that is deemed suitable for the level of this role. 


Person Specification

  • Hold or be close to obtaining a PhD or equivalent qualification(s) in statistics, mathematics, epidemiology or related areas.

  • Track record of strong original research contributions in mathematical modelling, epidemiology or related areas, including publications in leading subject-specific journals within that field.

  • Research experience in Neglected Tropical Diseases would be considered an advantage.

  • High level analytical capability (including demonstrable coding experience in R, Python or other programming language).

  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.

  • Fluency in relevant statistical and/or mathematical techniques and ability to contribute to developing new ones.

  • Excellent organisational skills.

  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.


Informal enquires should be directed to Panayiota Touloupou, email:


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