Statistician - Flood and Water Management

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HR Wallingford

Wallingford, United Kingdom

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Our Flood and Water Management Group is looking for a statistician to join our friendly and inclusive team. We have projects in hydrological and hydrodynamic modelling for river and drainage systems, sustainable drainage, climate change impact analysis and resilience, satellite data applications, statistical modelling and numerical emulators, and water resources management planning. We use state-of-the-art software, build new tools and web applications, develop frameworks and write guidance.

You will be part of a team providing technical statistical support across all of our sectors, including flood and water resource management, coastal and estuarine processes, port and harbour engineering, and health organisations.

About the role

Your role involves supporting research, development and application of advanced methods in extreme value models, spatio-temporal epidemics models, or statistical emulation of complex numerical models. The position involves working with academic and industrial partners.

About you

You will have:

  • an undergraduate or master degree in a relevant subject with a significant statistical component,
  • up to 5 years of professional industry or academic research experience,
  • good knowledge in at least one of these fields – extreme value theory, spatio-temporal epidemic models, and statistical emulators,
  • proficient programming skills in R or Python,
  • willingness to engage and collaborate with engineers and scientist from a variety of backgrounds, and
  • good attention to detail, record keeping, presentation and report writing skills.

The following qualification and experience is desirable:

  • PhD in statistics with publication in peer reviewed journals,
  • application of extreme value theory in large-scale probabilistic flood models or weather-related catastrophe models,
  • web application development with R Shiny or Django,
  • Python / R package development and maintenance, and
  • knowledge of relational database.

About us

Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre – people who have the desire and determination to succeed and be ambitious, not only for themselves but for their colleagues and clients too. We are relentless in our drive to create an exceptional working environment and we look for energy and positivity to ensure our staff remain inspired. We offer a stimulating working environment that seeks to surprise colleagues and clients with what we can achieve. We share knowledge, ideas and experience to underpin our value of working collaboratively. Our work is authentic, based on evidence and facts, and we aspire to be aware, manage, understand and master the challenges of expanding world issues and complex customer problems.

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • a defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding),
  • life insurance x 3 salary (subject to eligibility rules),
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays,
  • permanent health insurance (subject to eligibility rules),
  • flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs,
  • onsite restaurant, gym and nursery,
  • active sports and social club,
  • Cycle to Work scheme, and
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

Our head office is based at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnerships.

Flexible working

We are interested in relevant applicants looking for either part time, full time or fixed term employment. Helping our people achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us, and we would be happy to explore flexible working and job share arrangements. Please talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

How to apply

Please apply on our website (

You should include a two page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter.

Closing Date: 06/12/2020

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HR Wallingford is an equal opportunities employer


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