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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) – Simulation modelling to inform the design and delivery of skills training for the future UK workforce

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

It is often quoted in the media that in 25 years’ time, around 65% of today’s primary school children will be doing jobs that do not currently exist.  It is possible that many of today’s lower-skilled jobs will be done by robots in future!   Nevertheless, policy decisions regarding the education and skills training that this generation will require have to be made today.  This mixed-methods research will focus on lower-skilled jobs and selected economically deprived populations, and will combine qualitative data analysis with computer simulation modelling (using a system dynamics approach) to develop a decision support tool for policy-makers.

Supervisory Team: Dr Steffen Bayer (Southampton Business School, Lead Supervisor) (, Prof Sally Brailsford (Southampton Business School), Prof Pauline Leonard (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology)

Further details:

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This opportunity is open to UK residents.

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018.

Bored with simple models? Enjoy a computational challenge? Want to work with leaders in deploying simulation to support strategic decisions?

An established provider of simulation-centric applications is amending a suite of dynamic simulations that we created for a major corporate client.

This role is to make the appropriate modifications to the dynamic models so as to modify their operation in accordance with contracted requirements.

The role will report to, and be guided by, an expert colleague who is familiar with the model’s architecture and business rules, and will work together with our expert development resources who have created and maintain the IT architecture that the simulations integrate with.

This engagement will appeal to a particularly smart modeller who enjoys a technical challenge. This is not your average dynamic model: it contains significant flexibility, and thus computational complexity, so that the end user can make structural and dimensional changes via a UI without risk to modelling outcomes.

You should be a conceptually competent modelling analyst, comfortable with manipulating significant dimensionality. You should be familiar with Powersim, the industry-leading dynamic modelling toolset for enterprise solutions, and would benefit from some programming (such as VB) and/or mathematical competence.

The engagement is for around two months.

Please contact Suzy Wolfe at recruitment AT futuraglobal DOT com