Location: Guildford, Surrey

Salary: £35,000 – £45,000 per annum, depending on experience

Start: Immediately

Duration: Permanent

Applications are invited for an Ecological Statistician to join an expanding science-based start-up. The successful candidate will work closely with the members of the Data and wider Science teams to implement robust statistical approaches for optimising sampling design and interpreting patterns of community diversity derived from sequence-based biodiversity data.

Applicants should have significant experience of ecological statistics, including occupancy modelling, power analysis, and inference of the drivers of change in alpha and beta diversity from community datasets. Experience of such analyses with metabarcoding data would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will be comfortable working independently and as part of a wider team. They will be a proactive problem-solver with a high level of attention to detail and an ability to work on multiple projects at once. This role reports to the Head of Data and will be responsible for ensuring that analyses are statistically robust.

This is an ideal role for an early-career researcher with a PhD in the field of statistics and/or quantitative analysis of DNA-based biomonitoring data who is looking to work in an applied setting to enable better decision-making for nature using these tools.

NatureMetrics is a high growth start-up company leading the revolution in molecular biodiversity monitoring, enabling environmental managers to measure and monitor biodiversity with DNA-based tools. NatureMetrics has grown rapidly over the last five years and validated our technology in multiple industry sectors and regions of the world. We now have an exciting scale up plan backed by ambitious and supportive investors. We are a team of bright, enthusiastic individuals who are excited to be breaking new ground and disrupting the world of biodiversity monitoring. We take great pride in our work and are seeking new team members who will do the same.

The full specification can be found below. To apply please email careers@naturemetrics.co.uk including a CV and covering letter, and state that you are applying for the Ecological Statistician role. There is no fixed deadline for applications and the position will be held open until we find the right candidate.

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Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work with the Data, Science, and Business Development teams to design optimal sampling strategies for complex projects, balancing project aims, requirements, and constraints.
  • Devise statistical analysis pipelines for DNA-based community datasets, enabling clients to gain deeper insights into their data.
  • Lead the data analysis component of large projects, including hypothesis testing, occupancy correction, inference of divers of alpha and beta diversity patterns, and comparisons between conventional and DNA-based data where appropriate.
  • Learn and incorporate new and appropriate methods from the statistics and ecology literature into company analysis pipelines. Ensure that the analyses undertaken by the company are statistically robust and answer the client’s questions.
  • Contribute to scientific publications and reports.
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant applications and tenders where relevant
  • Maintain version-controlled, fully annotated scripts following NatureMetrics style guides.
  • Write guides/explainers for statistical pipelines suitable for different audiences.
  • Prepare and contribute to reports and applications where relevant.
  • This role reports to the Head of Data
  • Attend regular update meetings with the wider team
  • Update wider company, management or board on progress as required
  • Work collaboratively with the data and science teams

Personal Specification

Education & qualities
  • You will have a PhD in statistics or an ecological discipline with a strong quantitative and statistical focus. Postdoctoral experience would be an advantage.
Specialist knowledge, skills & experience
  • Experience of independent analysis of community and/or high-dimensional datasets is required.
  • A strong background in experimental design is required.
  • Strong R and/or Python coding is essential, with good working knowledge of relevant packages.
  • Experience in one or more of occupancy modelling, power analysis, time-series analysis, and the use of multivariate statistics in community ecology is required.
  • Experience in the application of statistical models to metabarcoding data would be an advantage.
  • Experience in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment would be an advantage.
Interpersonal & communication skills
  • Organised & meticulous with effective communication skills
  • Able to explain statistical analyses to non-specialists
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
Additional requirements
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. If a work visa is required, we will provide the necessary support.

Terms and Conditions

  • The post is based at NatureMetrics Ltd, CABI Site, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY but the company will be relocating to Guildford later this year
  • There is significant flexibility for regular home working
  • Applications for remote working will be considered
Working pattern and hours
  • The postholder is expected to work 40 hours a week Monday to Friday with core hours between 10am and 4pm.
Length of appointment
  • Full time, permanent
By Published On: 18th March 2021Categories: Job Vacancy

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