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Job – Research Fellow/Statistician in the Scottish Longitudinal Studies

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Research Fellow/Statistician in the Scottish Longitudinal Studies – ML1290


School of Geography & Geosciences, £30,424 – £33,230 per annum, Fixed Term: 12 months, Start: As soon as possible



We are seeking a motivated researcher with good statistical and quantitative research skills to work on an ESRC funded research project “Synthetic Data Estimation for UK Longitudinal Studies” – SYLLS.

The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) is one of three UK longitudinal studies (LSs) created using data available from current UK administrative and statistical sources. These include Census data, Vital Events data (births, deaths, marriages), as well as NHS health data and education data. More detail on the SLS can be found here:

The advertised position is part of a project to make the data for the three LSs more readily available to researchers. The SLS part of the project will involve generating simulated data that can be used by researchers with fewer confidentiality restrictions than the real data.

The researcher will implement statistical methods devised elsewhere based on multiple imputation to produce synthetic data for SLS research projects and work with outside researchers to compare the synthetic data results with those from the real data. You will have excellent knowledge of statistical techniques and software and skill to identify and implement appropriate models to produce simulated data by multiple imputation methods. You will be well supported by experienced statistical and social researchers.

As well as good practical and theoretical statistical skills, ideally you will have experience in handling and manipulating large, complex datasets. You should have good communication (including writing) and time management skills.  This post will be for one year and will be available from 1st April 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. It will be based in the Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland office in Edinburgh.

Informal enquiries to Dr Chris Dibben, Tel. 01334 463081; email:

Ref No: ML1290

Closing Date: 8 March 2013

Further Particulars ML1290AR FPs.doc


Further details on how to apply can be found here:
School of Geography & Geosciences
£30,424 – £33,230 per annum
Fixed Term: 12 months
Start: As soon as possible


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