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Internet of Caring Things Data Scientist

Requisition ID:  23842

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  02-Nov-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

We would be happy to discuss flexible working requests and can offer a relocation package for candidates who are outside of the Northeast.


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 with progression to £42,155 per annum


Closing Date: 4th December 2022

The Role


The IoCT Project has been part funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority for 5-years to assist businesses in the region to increase economic growth, create jobs in key NTCA sectors, and ultimately improve resident wellbeing through developing IoCT enabled products and services.  We are building, with partners, a World class innovation ecosystem, providing economic and social opportunities and innovations, with a central focus on citizens and community that will mark the region as an international leader for IoCT innovation.


 The National Innovation Centre for Ageing is committed to the professional career development of all our colleagues. You will benefit from a range of excellent development opportunities including internal and external training, access to specialist networking groups and opportunities to gain experience in the wider space of ageing and longevity


Situated in the state-of-the-art city quarter Newcastle Helix, NICA’s mission is to create a world in which we all live better, for longer. We team with innovation experts, industry, academics, and the public, to identify, develop and bring to market data driven innovative business models, services and products enhancing life as we age and develop new economic opportunities for organizations while promoting positive impact on society at scale.


For more information about joining us, click here.


We are looking for an Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) Data Scientist, a talented individual with excellent technical skills and domain knowledge or experience with behaviours, to provide specialist expertise to the world’s first Internet of Caring Things Cluster in the North of Tyne region.


There are three core components to this role:

  • to provide advice and support on data opportunities and considerations to North of Tyne businesses being supported through the IoCT programme.
  • to curate data insights from NICA’s work Involving cutting edge technology which will be used to provide additional insights in product useability.
  • to curate data insights from the IoCT community toolbox which includes a variety of sensors for citizens to use to understand challenges and/or issues (e.g. environmental sensors and individual parameters such as sleep, steps etc)


The NICA IoCT Data Scientist will play a vital role in curating data insights to understand behaviours that feed into NICA’s Ageing Intelligence approach. The NICA IoCT Data Scientist will support the programme’s technical effort on a wide range of interesting technical and business challenges. You must be excited to challenge yourself and to continue to advance your skills in data science through continued professional development. Energy, enthusiasm, empathy and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude is essential.

This position is fixed term to 31st December 2026


To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the requirements for this role and the essential criteria in the Knowledge, Skills and Experience section below. Provide examples and highlight expertise relevant to the role.  Also provide a link to your portfolio of your work if available.


For informal enquiries, please contact Jennine Joncyzk at


Key Accountabilities

  • With support from the NICA Senior Management team and the Director of NICA (PI), you will deliver technical projects for the North of Tyne Combined Authority - Internet of Caring Things Programme
  • Collaborate with client organisations to advise on appropriate technical solutions to business problems relating to data
  • Provide advice and assistance to client organisations and colleagues in problem-solving relating to NTCA IoCT technical projects
  • Actively participate in client project reviews with the aim of selecting technically feasible projects with the potential to transform organisations to facilitate bringing new products and services to the market as part of the IoCT programme’s key deliverables
  • Present work and provide updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events
  • You will provide advice and support on data opportunities and considerations to NoT businesses being supported through the IoCT programme
  • With support from the IoCT programme manager, and the Senior User Experience Designer at NICA, you will lead data analytics and insights on technologies used in NICA’s state of the art insight suite. This data curation will feed into NICA’s Ageing Intelligence approach
  • With support from the IoCT Community manager, you will lead data analytics and curate data insights that meet the wants of the IoCT community utilising the community toolbox
  • Represent NICA and disseminate information about NICA and the NTCA-IoCT programme at national and international events
  • Develop relevant learning materials for activities and events that educate and support the NTCA-IoCT Cluster
  • Maintain and develop knowledge through training and development activities to keep abreast of the latest/most relevant technologies
  • Understand and contribute to the selection and use of software and data infrastructure, including technologies for version control, continuous integration, deployment and code review
  • Contribute to meeting overall objectives of the NTCA-IoCT programme
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Relevant knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: Statistical Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Machine Vision, MLOps, Data Analytics, Data Engineering, Data Warehousing, Data Visualisation
  • Relevant knowledge and experience of cleaning, processing and modelling data using a scripting language e.g. with R or Python
  • Experience delivering projects on time and to a high quality
  • Successfully working and contributing as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (motivating, negotiating, influencing and being empathetic)
  • Able to create reports to summarise and explain technical information
  • Experience of presenting project updates, milestones and results
  • Ability to manage own work, including planning and execution


  • Experience of working within and across public and private sectors
  • Domain knowledge and or experience of using data to understand and characterise behaviours


Attributes and Behaviour

Delivering Service

  • Works continually towards achieving success through understanding and meeting or exceeding the expectations of project collaborators, the University, students, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time and demonstrates high energy and commitment to the delivery of excellent service

Finding Solutions

  • Generates a range of viable options and decides on an appropriate course of action that best fits organisational and area goals
  • Encourages creative and innovative thinking in self and others and makes decisions based on understanding the wider organisational needs and having considered a range of possible options

Team Working

  • Operates in a number of different teams and groups across the organisation, confident in adopting a range of team roles
  • Looks at ways of developing cross functional co-operation and support and looks to build alliances and relationships outside of the group

Understanding Others

  • Understands individual or group motives, understands the culture of a particular area, school or faculty
  • Is able to quickly and effectively learn the methods and language used within other groups

Planning and Organising

  • Works in a planned and structured way, uses own and others’ time effectively
  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Quickly identifies what is important and prioritises accordingly whilst monitoring and controlling workflow of teams



  • Degree or equivalent in-depth knowledge in a relevant data/IoT subject plus commercial or technical experience


  • PhD in a related discipline or MSc in a related discipline with substantial industrial experience in a technically relevant area or in behaviour domain




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 23842