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Position: Scientific Computing Officer: Research Data Scientist
Institution: University of Glasgow
Department: School Of Social & Political Sciences
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duties: You will be responsible for delivering a range of information management and analytical services for the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), a national Data Service funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the Big Data Network Phase 2 – Business and Local Data
Requirements: Qualified in IT or related subject to degree level or equivalent, and/or with postgraduate qualification in IT or related discipline. Knowledge of statistical programming and machine learning applications, e.g. R, SAS, RapidMiner, Weka or related software. Excellent statistical programming, machine learning and related analytics and knowledge discovery skills. Specialist skills in information retrieval or extraction. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work in team settings with staff from multiple academic disciplines. Proven ability to complete tasks within strict timelines, and be flexible and able to undertake other IT-centred and data management duties as reasonably required by management
   
Text: Scientific Computing Officer: Research Data Scientist Reference Number 017863 Location Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building College / Service COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Department SCHOOL OF SOCIAL & POLITICAL SCIENCES Job Family Management Professional & Administrative Position Type Full Time Salary Range Job Purpose You will be responsible for delivering a range of information management and analytical services for the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), a national Data Service funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the Big Data Network Phase 2 - Business and Local Data. Under the supervision of the Centre’s Senior IT and Data Services Manager, you will work with a variety of data sources for use by a diverse group of researchers and stakeholders. You will work with Centre staff and affiliates to assist with their data analytics needs, with statistical programming, machine learning, text and social media analytics, and information retrieval. Your skills will also be needed for information retrieval and information extraction, the setup of systems and services for confidential data access, data integration and record linkage, database management and access, web service development, data curation and cleaning, and related data management and programming services. Given the range and complexity of the data and stakeholders involved, you will be required to be open to learning new methods and technologies, work in both large and small teams, and to develop innovative computational and data management solutions on an as-needed basis. Main Duties and Responsibilities 1) Responsible for assisting Centre researchers and external users in meeting their data analytics needs, with statistical programming, machine learning, text and social media analytics, and information retrieval. 2) Develop understanding of individual data sources and the potential for their linkage based on user access considerations and with the involvement of trusted third parties in cases of confidential data. 3) Develop in-depth understanding of the Centre’s data products and services and proactively develop skills, programmes and technologies to support improvements with a particular focus on open source technologies and software. 4) Provide assistance for research activities including setting up of user access (both onsite and remote), confidential user access, processing data and specialist programming for social science research, following procedures for archiving data particularly with the UK Data Service (UKDS). 5) Support Senior IT and Data Services Manager and other Centre staff in the acquisition of data from data owners; clean, link and otherwise curate the data. 6) Liaise and meet with external researchers and provide training for end-users (internal staff and external researchers) in the use of developed systems, help organise or otherwise contribute to the Centre’s technical workshops, create computer system documentation, client manuals for operation and contribute as necessary to Centre resource estimates for project costing. 7) Support data cleansing through activities such as the creation and maintenance of metadata and contributing to the development of data products including an urban indicators database and multimedia datasets for a city. 8) Develop skills, learn new methods, and connect with research networks in Big Data, seek out novel sources of data and otherwise provide innovative solutions in response to emerging knowledge, evolving research regarding Big Data solutions as applied to urban research problems, data opportunities and technological change. 9) Ability to complete tasks within strict timelines; and ability to support of the work of Centre and its users, and be cooperative and flexible, undertaking other duties as reasonably expected by management. 10) Be able to travel to off-site locations as necessary. Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience Knowledge/Qualifications Essential: A1 Qualified in IT or related subject to degree level or equivalent, and/or with postgraduate qualification in IT or related discipline. A2 Knowledge of statistical programming and machine learning applications, e.g. R, SAS, RapidMiner, Weka or related software. Desirable: B1 Honours degree (SCQF Level 10) in Computer Science. B2 (SCQF Level 12) P hD (completed or near completion) in a relevant discipline. B3 Knowledge of complex, heterogeneous urban data for research. B4 Knowledge of legal aspects of data confidentiality and technical solutions of privacy enhancing solutions. Skills Essential: C1 Excellent statistical programming, machine learning and related analytics and knowledge discovery skills. C2 Specialist skills in information retrieval or extraction. C3 Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work in team settings with staff from multiple academic disciplines. C5 Proven ability to complete tasks within strict timelines, and be flexible and able to undertake other IT-centred and data management duties as reasonably required by management. Desirable: D1 Ability to develop skills in response to technological change, particularly in Big Data analysis and management. D2 Ability to prepare technical proposals and reports. D3 Experience and skills with Big Data analysis and management. Experience Essential: E1 Track record of experience with relevant qualification, or evidence of progression and development gained through significant period of relevant work experience. E2 Experience with information retrieval, information extraction and related information support. E3 Significant programming expertise from multiple research projects including social science surveys, and administrative and transaction data. Desirable: F1 Experience with GIS applications. F2 Experience with text analytics and analysis of social media data. F3 Experience of data visualisation. F4 Significant programming expertise from multiple research projects F5 Web development programming expertise. Job Features Dimensions • As part of an IT and Data Services team, responsible for meeting the scientific programming, analytics and visualisation needs of a wide range of academic staff from several subject areas including Urban Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Computing Science, Education, Economics, Engineering and others, from several academic institutions including the universities of Edinburgh, Bristol, Reading, Illinois-Chicago (USA), Sheffield and Cambridge, and external Data Service users. • Provide support to set up necessary IT systems. • Provide support for a range of data services including data linkage, cleaning and other aspects of curation. • Participate in development of overall Centre IT and Data Services strategy to provide support for research, data services and products. • Participate in meetings with internal and external researchers and liaise with external stakeholders as necessary. • Participate in the development of research proposals. • Participate in internal meetings to report on progress and timelines. • Responsible for the management of large complex databases. • Assist Senior IT and Data Services Manager with routine programming and system management tasks. Planning and Organising • Plan and organise own workload effectively and efficiently, completing tasks within tight time constraints. • Proactive in facilitating senior Centre personnel and service user requirements in a flexible and ordered fashion. Decision Making • Participate in the identification of significant and critical issues affecting the progress of projects and communicating such issues to Centre personnel in a timely fashion. • Apply specialist knowledge in the area of database programming and take independent decisions, where appropriate, and recommending changes/updates to current practices, as required. • Proactive in recommending new IT solutions and enhanced functionality to improve the efficiency of routinely collected urban data to clients. Internal/external Relationships • Liaise on a regular basis with colleagues and senior management. • Liaise with external clients, as appropriate, in the provision of a quality data management service and in the development of client user applications. Problem Solving • Recognise and resolve issues within the area of data management, flagging critical issues to senior Centre personnel appropriately and in a timely fashion and apply expert knowledge by offering solutions and advice at a technical level. OTHER • Contribute to the Centre’s reputation as a leading Data Service for urban analysis by providing at all times a high standard of work and by contributing to innovative technological solutions and widely recognised research developments of staff and universities involved in the consortium. • Contribute to the University’s reputation in urban studies by providing a strong supporting service within the area of urban analysis and related methods and computational projects. • The nature of the post may require occasional working outside of normal working hours. Standard Terms & Conditions Terms and Conditions Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 7, £33,943 - £38,183 per annum. This post is currently funded until 29 January 2019. New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401. Vacancy reference: 017863, closing date: 18 June 2017.
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