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Data Scientist Development Programme - Job Description

Positions being recruited: LIDA Data Scientists x10

Start date of positions: 25th Sept 2023

Length of fixed term positions: 12 months, full time (35 hrs a week)

Salary: Grade 5, sp 20 £27,396 pa

Opening date for applications: Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Closing date for applications: Sunday 28th May 2023

Interviews: will be held remotely on 21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2023

Do you have excellent numerical skills, with experience of using statistical or predictive techniques? Do you have a keen interest in using data science for public good? Do you want to be part of a successful, leading research Institute?

The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) is offering data scientist development posts to help advance research activity across each of its constituent areas: Artificial Intelligence (AI), health informatics, urban analytics, statistical and mathematical methods, and visualisation and immersive technologies.

This is a clearly-defined training and development role for early-career data scientists. The LIDA Data Scientist Development Programme provides an outstanding opportunity to develop skills that are in high demand within industry and academia, both nationally and globally, within a growing, state-of-the-art facility. Our offer to those employed on the Programme includes the chance to:

  • Own delivery of data science project(s) and get hands-on technical experience using real data;
  • Establish links with project partners (internal or external) and work to provide solutions to real-world challenges;
  • Build skills and knowledge in advanced analytics, not only through mentorship and applied research, but also through on-site training opportunities in statistical analysis, visualisation, research methods and computer programming;
  • Work alongside leading scholars as part of the LIDA team and gain valuable work experience.

LIDA is committed to supporting the University’s Equality and Inclusion Framework and particularly encourages applications from groups currently under-represented on the Programme and within LIDA. These include women; Black; Asian; Minority Ethnic (BAME); and disabled candidates. One post per cohort is currently reserved for BAME candidates only, at the request of the funder, the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, as part of the funder’s commitment to increasing opportunities for BAME candidates in the field of data science. For clarity, BAME applicants are encouraged to apply for any of the data scientist posts we currently have on offer on the Programme as well as that which is reserved for BAME candidates only.

You will be a graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD) in a relevant field and will have excellent numerical skills that may have been gained in the context of quantitative social science, computing, mathematics/statistics, medical bioinformatics or population studies. Career changers are also very welcome!

What the role entails

As a LIDA Data Scientist, your main duties will include:

  • Helping to advance research activity across each of LIDA’s constituent areas: AI, Health Informatics, Urban Analytics, Statistical and Mathematical methods, and Visualisation and Immersive Technologies;
  • Undertaking quantitative analysis on core datasets; e.g. data wrangling, data linkage, data scraping, modelling and analysis; dealing with missing data;
  • Planning your own research activity in collaboration with the project investigators and other members of the research team;
  • Meeting with clients and partners in support of LIDA’s partnership-building strategy;
  • Participating in and presenting at LIDA research meetings and seminars;
  • Delivering written outputs, including blog articles, case studies and contributing to research papers;
  • Attending and representing your project at relevant conferences through poster presentations or giving papers.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What you will bring to the role

  • Excellent all-round numerical skills gained in the context of quantitative social science, computing, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, or population studies;
  • Completed an Undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of and experience using the statistical programming language(s) R/ Python or similar for data manipulation and statistical computing;
  • Experience in programming, algorithms or open source in data science;
  • A keen interest in using data science for public good using statistical or data analytic techniques;
  • Good project-management skills, gained through work experience or coursework;
  • Good communication skills through writing reports and/ or presentation skills;
  • A willingness to work as part of a team.

You may also have:

  • Experience of working with large unstructured (or ‘messy’) data sets;
  • Experience of working with an external client/ stakeholder(s)/ commercial body;
  • Knowledge of data science using data analytic techniques: data visualisation, machine learning, deep learning, statistical modelling, or data mining.

How to apply

Applications for the 2023-24 cohort are now open, with roles set to commence September 2023.

Apply now

Contact us

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Kylie Norman, Programme Co-ordinator
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Additional information

Working at Leeds
Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Leeds area on our Working at Leeds information page.

Candidates with disabilities
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Criminal record information
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 - A criminal record check is not required for this position. However, all applicants will be required to declare if they have any ‘unspent’ criminal offences, including those pending.
Any offer of appointment will be in accordance with our Criminal Records policy. You can find out more about required checks and declarations in our Criminal Records information page.