Catalyst Fund project Data Scientist
Mathematics and Statistics,Statistics,Computer Science,Computer Science,Information Systems
Short info about job
Salary: £29,799 to £38,832 per annum (see advert text for details)
Hours: Full Time
Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Type / Role: Academic or Research
Phone: +44-1474 1847320
Fax: +44-1479 3217041
Detail information about job Catalyst Fund project Data Scientist. Terms and conditions vacancy
Catalyst Project, Strategic Planning and Change
The Catalyst Fund project at the University of Essex is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Catalyst project provides a unique opportunity to bring together the University’s world leading expertise in data sharing and data analytics with Essex and Suffolk County Council’s strength in policy innovation to address two policy priorities that are of local and national importance:
- Preventing and managing increasing pressures on public services.
- Building community resilience to encourage communities to help deliver solutions to the challenges faced by the county’s public services.
This collaboration with both Councils will add value to their ongoing activity, helping them to integrate and manage data, to derive intelligence that will inform the design and implementation of service provision. The University input will be focused on the application of smart analytics in addressing the effective targeting and early intervention necessary to deliver efficient public services and better outcomes for vulnerable people.
The Strategic Planning and Change section is seeking to make an additional appointment for the project, a Grade 7 Data Scientist or a Grade 8 Data Scientist.
The Role and Duties
The Catalyst Fund project Data Scientist will be a member of the Catalyst Fund project team and play a critical role in the successful delivery of various high quality data resources from local government to the external user community. The post-holder will play a key role in liaising between Council staff, the Catalyst project team and other University staff, as required, to deliver Council priority initiatives.
Duties will include providing analytical skills for Suffolk County Council and Essex County Council, assimilating, interpreting and disseminating data and information from different sources and contributing to the production of research reports and publications.
In addition, Grade 8 Data Scientists would be expected to proactively develop future research objectives, use new research techniques and methods, communicating information via various channels, and lead and motivate University and Council staff.
Qualifications and Skills required
At both Grades 7 and 8, a Master’s degree in Mathematical Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics or Physics, or equivalent relevant experience is essential, as is a first degree or higher degree in the aforementioned subject areas or equivalent relevant experience.
Grade 8 Data Scientists will also be required to hold a PhD in Mathematical Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, Physics or a related discipline.
While the candidate is not required to be a computer programmer they must have strong technical and data management skills, an understanding of data, the high quality requirements expected for a data set, and how to achieve high quality data through data processing systems and value added enhancements to the data to increase the usability of the data. Experience of using large scale complex data is an advantage as well as experience and knowledge of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The successful candidate will therefore have not only an understanding of the data processing requirements needed to produce high quality data but also, and most critically, an understanding of the research needs of external researchers and the user community.
Due to the nature of the role, the appointment will be subject to a staff vetting process including a Disclosure Scotland check.
This post is fixed-term until 30 June 2019 due to a temporary funding source.
£29,799 - £32,548 per annum (Grade 7), £32,548 - £38,832 per annum (Grade 8)
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