Data Scientist

Employer name: The Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 dependent on skills and experience
Contract Type: Full time perm
Location: Daresbury, Cheshire
Closing date: 2nd May 2019
Ref: IRC248992

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

STFC’s Hartree Centre is world-leading in delivering big data driven solutions to clients across all industry sectors. We have a number of key collaborations, including a £90M research collaboration project with IBM; focussing on Data Centric and Cognitive Computing. These large-scale software development projects are always high impact, and often have a high profile with the capacity to generate significant economic, scientific and social impact.

About the Role

We’re looking for a Data Scientist to join our growing Data Science group. By bringing experience in data analysis, machine learning or natural language processing you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of industry partners from small start-ups to large multinational corporations. You will develop tools, frameworks and applications to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies across a variety of sectors from life sciences to engineering and manufacturing. Working with teams across the Hartree Centre and IBM Research, you will help us deliver accessible, innovative and scalable solutions that address industry challenges and improve productivity. Projects will typically come from our Innovation Return on Research (IROR) programme which aims to create economic and societal impact by developing a suite of industry-relevant digital assets or ‘Bridging for Innovators’ B4I to deliver multidisciplinary solutions for businesses using our technologies. Projects may span over a few weeks or several years but will be delivered as part of a small team working closely with an industry partner.

If successful, you will join a growing team of expert data scientists, working closely with the HPC Software Engineering and Business Development teams to develop collaborative projects.

Duties will include:

  • building and mentoring small project teams to deliver on these project plans to deliver defined work plans for data science projects in collaboration with business development and customer representatives.
  • exploring technologies and designing appropriate technology solutions.
  • learning and applying data centric, analytics and AI technologies to industry challenges
  • validating project conclusions and using advanced data visualisation techniques to present results to customers
  • visiting clients and liaising with commercial partners to develop collaborations
  • developing strong links within the HPC and data science community by presenting and publishing non-confidential results and case studies, building both individual and Hartree Centre profiles
  • you will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects, so an ability to communicate effectively with scientists, industrial clients and academic colleagues from different backgrounds is essential.

About You

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a mathematical, scientific, or computer science discipline. You will have either knowledge or experience of applying artificial intelligence methods in Natural Language processing applications, Machine Learning or Automated reasoning.

In addition to this you will have dedicated experience working within large-scale software projects with experience of data analysis, and the ability to utilize a range of compiled and scripting languages.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 2nd May 2019, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.



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