The jobholder will provide technical support to the epidemiological and risk research programmes. Their core role will be to conduct and inform studies to understand and model the risk and impact of invasive species and aquatic animal disease introduction, establishment and spread. The E&R team use a variety of computational models (statistical, GIS, mathematical) to help provide advice to its customers in support of their policy decision making. The job holder will be expected to provide biological advice and conduct field, laboratory and desk based studies to help inform and develop these models. Consequently, they will be expected to have a sound understanding of aquatic systems and species relevant to UK aquaculture and fisheries, and be able to undertake a range of data handling, geographic information systems and field based activities. The team also makes extensive use of existing databases which the jobholder will be expected to interrogate, and extract information for ad hoc studies. The role will also include the use of abstract and literature database searches to support epidemiological studies, undertaking systematic literature reviews and compiling reference libraries. Opportunities exist to perform statistical analyses and economic, computational and spatial modelling.