Job Title: Research Associate
Contract Type: Fixed-term with an initially fixed end date of 3rd December 2025.
Location: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: School of Mathematics and Stati cs
Salary: Grade 7, £37,099-£45,585 per annum
Closing Date: 12th February 2024
Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. You will be working with Prof
Caitlin Buck and Professor Jeremy Oakley to develop Bayesian expert elicitation protocols and software, as part of research
funded by the The Leverhulme Trust project “Quantifying Uncertainty in Expert Archaeological Dating Evidence” (QUEADE).
You will develop new protocols and open-source software to allow experts in archaeological finds, such as coins and pottery, to formalise their knowledge about the dates of cultural objects that cannot readily be dated using scientific methods (such as radiocarbon dating). The goal will be to quantify the expert knowledge using formal probability statements, which has not been done before. By doing this, the QUEADE project will improve the consistency and reusability of dating evidence for the most commonly dated finds from archaeological sites and, in the process, add enormously to the quality and quantity of dating evidence available.
You should have (or be working towards) a PhD in Statistics, Science-based Archaeology or a related subject, and have
confident programming skills, preferably with knowledge of R or Python. A background in at least one of expert elicitation,
Bayesian inference, or qualitative data analysis is desirable, but not essential. We are happy to consider applicants who are
working on one or more of these topics as part of a PhD and who would like to join QUEADE for 18 months, as a research
internship during their studies.