Winton Fellow - Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Communicating Statistics, Risk & Uncertainty in Forensic Science


Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee UK; Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University New York USA; Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge UK


University of Dundee, UK


The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) has joined with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, New York, and the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge to transform how we communicate statistics and probability to non-specialists. A primary area of application will be the use of statistics in the courtroom to ensure balanced and just decision making. We seek a Fellow in the area of communicating science, in particular, communicating statistics, risk, and uncertainty, who has interest in applying this knowledge to the legal sphere as well as to broader non-specialist audiences.

We seek an individual with a social science or similar research domain background with a core and fundamental understanding of statistics and the delivery of a statistical evidence base for the interpretation of factual information in an adversarial system (this could be health, climate change, social policy or legal). They must have expertise in communicating statistics, risk, and uncertainty. Applicants should possess strong quantitative competencies paired with outstanding communication skills. Based at the LRCFS in Dundee, UK, the Fellow will develop research-based methodologies for communicating statistics, risk, and uncertainty with diverse audiences in impactful ways. In particular, the Fellow will partner with the LRCFS team to bring this expertise to applications in the legal arena. Judiciary, lawyers and juries must all navigate the language and concepts of statistics, risk and uncertainty in the delivery of justice. The Fellow will help the partnership expand its ability to link communication research with practice and assess the effectiveness of new approaches within the legal domain.

The Fellow will work on innovative, interdisciplinary research, engage in the development of collaborative research and training activities and provide leadership and delivery on projects to generate maximum impact on the justice system through research-based approaches to communicating statistics, risk and uncertainty. In particular, we seek an individual with experience and/or interest in persuasion and message framing and an understanding of basic and specialised statistical methods. The Fellow will be charged with helping to translate statistics, risk, and uncertainty into language accessible for diverse constituencies.

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Professor Niamh Nic Daeid

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