Data Scientist

British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is one of the world's leading and forward thinking geological science institutes. A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic Data Scientist in our Edinburgh office.

You will work with state of the art environmental data from sensor networks including those established as part of the UK GeoEnergy Observatories Project (UK GEOS) research project.  You will play a leading role in developing and delivering insight from data using statistical and data science techniques for the benefit of geoscience and society, you should possess the technical (ICT) and numerical skills to be able to both mine and analyse data from BGS’ vast data holdings. 

With a strong background in data analytics, including aspects of data mining, machine learning, aggregation, parallel processing, segmentation, modelling and prediction, you should be able to persuasively advocate the value of these techniques to a range of technical, scientific and non-technical/scientific audiences.  In addition you will be able to design new ways of collecting and/or combining data (including spatial) from a variety of sources and understand how to manage this data. You should be able to communicate this understanding to other BGS highly skilled scientific and technical staff, making the data more widely useable. We are effectively looking for somebody who can effectively tell stories from data that can be communicated to a wide range of audience.

Educated to 2:1 in a relevant degree and have an MSc/PhD or relevant experience in Data Science or a field strongly related to data science (e.g. statistics, computer science or mathematics), you should also possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written.  The post involves team working, therefore you should be able to work effectively with others and have good time management skills. 

The work will be mostly UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time.

Starting salary for the role will be £28,200 per annum to £30,600 per annum.  Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, further details can be found on the topcareer website.

Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply please visit our job board at and submit your up-to-date C.V. and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, Please quote reference number IRC242150.

Closing date for receipt of CV’s is 3 September 2017.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.  The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organization and has achieved Bronze status for Athena Swan – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.   There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

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