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Software Specialist - Data Science

Requisition ID:  11284

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  27-Sep-2021


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.


Salary: £31,406 - £33,309, with progression to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 28 October 2021


The Role


This is an excellent opportunity to join leading data scientists at the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), to support the Centre’s technical effort to improve productivity through data by transferring ‘in demand’ data science skills into UK organisations.


NICD has been established to address the data skills gap in the UK that will enable organisations to innovate through data. It delivers a flexible rolling programme of collaborative projects that focus on a specific business challenge or opportunity and transfers practical data skills into the workforce. Using these new skills, organisations can make better, data driven decisions, optimising existing operations or launching new products and services.


You will be responsible for working with client organisations to deliver technical projects that span a broad range of sectors as well as a variety of unique and intriguing technical or business challenges. Through the delivery of these technical projects, you will be responsible for transferring data skills to the client organisation’s staff, through tutoring and mentoring.


You should be educated to PhD in a related discipline or MSc in a related discipline with substantial industrial experience in a technically relevant area. You should have 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.


You must be excited to challenge yourself and to continue to advance your skills through continued professional development. You must have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and an enthusiastic approach to solving problems.


We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. We appoint on merit and particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently underrepresented in Technical Professional Services such as LGBTQ+, black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues and individuals who identify as female.


We have two positions available to start immediately, both are offered on a a full-time basis and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

Any specific questions relating to the job advert, please get in touch:

Georgia Carr – Georgia.carr@newcastle.ac.uk
Barry Hodgson – Barry.hodgson@newcastle.ac.uk

For more information about the National Innovation Centre for Data, please click the following link: https://ncl.ac.uk/nicd/


Key Accountabilities

This role is responsible for:
• Delivering NICD technical projects;
• Demonstrating, tutoring and mentoring individuals from client organisations to gain relevant data science skills;
• Collaborating with client organisations to develop appropriate technical solutions to business problems relating to data;
• Supporting, the use of relevant technologies and helping to transfer the relevant skills into client organisations;
• Providing advice and assistance to client organisations and colleagues in problem-solving relating to NICD technical projects;
• Actively participating in client project reviews with the aim of selecting technically feasible projects with the potential to transform organisations;
• Presenting work and providing updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events; 
• Creating reports to summarise and explain technical information. (Essential);
• Presenting project updates, milestones and results. (Essential);
• Representing NICD and disseminating information about NICD and its work at national and international events;
• Developing relevant learning materials for activities and events that educate and support the NICD community;
• Maintaining and developing knowledge through training and development activities to keep abreast of the latest/most relevant technologies;
• Understanding and contributing to the selection and use of NICD software and data infrastructure, including technologies for version control, continuous integration, deployment and code review;
• Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.


The Person (Essential)


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. (Essential);
• Relevant knowledge and experience of cleaning, processing and modelling data using a scripting language e.g. with R or Python. (Essential);
• Experience delivering projects on time and to a high quality. (Essential);
• Successfully working and contributing as part of a team. (Essential);
• Excellent communication skills. (Essential);
• Excellent interpersonal skills (motivating, negotiating, influencing and being empathetic). (Essential);
• Ability to manage own work, including planning and execution. (Essential).


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.



• PhD awarded in a related discipline or MSc in a related discipline with substantial industrial experience in a technically relevant area. (Essential)





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.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 11284