WDSS: Rugby Rankings - PhD supervised project

Rugby Rankings - PhD supervised project

  • WDSS
  • Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Temporary

Take part in this project supervised by a current PhD student, getting a first-hand research experience in an academic setting and supercharging your CV with real-world experience. More details about the Summer Research Projects scheme can be found on our info website.

The final product will be published on WDSS's research blog.

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Project Overview

Build on the ideas from Ian Hamilton's dissertation that improved on the methods to approximate mid-season rugby rankings. As a final product create a website with the current statistically principled estimation of rugby rankings.


  • Build on the ideas from Ian Hamilton's dissertation that improved on the methods to approximate mid-season rugby rankings
  • Extend these methods to multiple leagues, including English Premiership, French Top 14, Pro 14, and finally to an all-Europe league
  • Create a website or an application that would display the calculated rankings.

Role Responsibilities

  • Review Ian Hamilton's master thesis and David Firth's existing website for football that uses a similar algorithm
  • Construct a statistical model for rugby and its different leagues, including any amendments for cancelled games due to the pandemic
  • Create a website or an application (e.g. Shiny) to share the results
  • Write a short summary of the project for publication purposes on WDSS blog or for submission to a magazine such as Significance

Candidate Attributes

  • A passion for the project and, preferably, interdisciplinary data science in general
  • Self-starting attitude with willingness to research and problem-solve independently
  • Ability to work well in a team and clearly communicate your ideas
  • Strong time-management and organisational skills.
  • Coding expertise (current or potential) sufficient for the completion of the project

How to Apply

  • Use the application button on this page to fill in the form where you should attach your CV and any other sources you think are relevant for the role (e.g. GitHub profile for a coding role) as well as answering two further questions in which you should demonstrate your motivation and suitbility for the project.
  • You may be contacted by WDSS to further discuss your fit for the role
  • Results to be announced by the end of term 3 (Saturday 3 July 2021)
  • You can apply for more than one project

Job Overview

  • Location : Coventry, UK (Remote)
  • Start date : 05 July 2021
  • Application start : 15 May 2021
  • Application end : 21 June 2021

You can find the full application details in the job listing.

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