Wareham, Dorset

Senior Fisheries Statistician/Scientist

Paul Coulson | October 28th 2021

  • Contract: permanent at 37.5 hours per week.
  • Start: the post is available from 1st November 2021.
  • Location: Salmon and Trout Research Centre, East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6BB.
  • Salary: £35,000 to £41,000 per year dependant on experience and publication record.

• Package: pension, private medical insurance and 22 days holiday increasing to 25 after 5 years and 27 after 10 years.

Who are The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)

GWCT is a leading UK-based wildlife research charity, headquarters are in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, with a number of strategic satellite research bases in the UK (see www.gwct.org.uk). Our goal is to ensure sustainable land management alongside a countryside rich in wildlife.

GWCT operates a Salmon and Trout Research Centre, at East Stoke near Wareham in Dorset, where a team of fisheries scientists undertake world-class research on ecologically and economically important species –Atlantic salmon and brown trout (40 peer review publications in the last five years). The teamwork in close collaboration with the relevant government regulators, international salmonid conservations groups,universities and NGO’s both in the UK and abroad.

The position

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced statistician and data modeller with a track record of publishing data rich work, to join GWCT’s fisheries team to use our large datasets (>200k tagged individuals) to further understanding and promote better conservation and management of salmonid stocks in England & Wales and beyond.

Main duties

  • Lead on and collaborate on studies exploring our extensive data sets.
  • Provide support on experimental design, statistics and data modelling to the GWCTfisheries team.
  • Initiate, plan and lead statistics and/or data science research projects involving novel

analytical approaches.

  • Contribute to grant applications and develop external collaborations in statistical research.
  • Lead and collaborate in the development of data analysis tools and methodologies ondefined contracts.
  • Produce peer-reviewed research publications and communicate research findings atconferences and symposia.

Secondary duties

  • Assist with our fisheries fieldwork at key times of year.
  • Contribute to the communications of our work to policy makers and key stakeholders.

Selection criteria – Essential

  • Qualified to PhD and with post-doctoral experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical theory, including an understanding of spatially ortemporally correlated data, and good mathematical abilities.
  • Experience with Bayesian statistics and/or advanced machine learning methods,particularly using R and Bayesian languages (jags, stan, nimble, etc.).
  • Experience in experimental design for ecological research.
  • Able to work as part of a team and independently, with the ability to lead development ofnew research proposals and contribute to winning new funding.
  • The ability to mentor and train others in statistics or data science.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, attention to detail and time managementwith a proven ability to deliver to deadlines.
  • Track record of developing and leading publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or

detailed project reports.

Selection criteria – Beneficial

Further information

  • Experience in freshwater fisheries research and fieldwork.
  • Experience of handling data on fish.
  • Knowledge of salmonids.
  • GIS mapping skills.

Please see the link to our 2020 GWCT fisheries research review to get a sense of the range and depth of our work https://www.gwct.org.uk/media/1234772/Fisheries-Report-2020.pdf and contact Dylan Roberts, Head of Fisheries, on 07968 586 538 or [email protected]



Please submit your covering letter and CV by email to Dylan Roberts, Head of Fisheries Closing date for applications 6pm on the 8th of October 2021 [email protected]

Interviews will be held week starting the 18th of October, preferably face to face at our Salmon & Trout Research Centre, near Wareham. However, we are happy to offer interviews via Microsoft Teams as a backup option, if its more convenient.