University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Data Scientist

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Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £41,732 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Excellent Pension scheme, Generous annual leave allowance, Relocation package (if eligible)

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IT and Digital


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Data Scientist

Job description

Permanent Data Scientist needed!

Full time (36.5 hours per week)

Hybrid working – This is a hybrid role that offers flexible working between home and our Streatham Campus.

Salary – This is a Grade F position with a starting salary from £41,732 depending on skills and experience.

We are currently looking to recruit a Data scientist with expertise in who specialises in extracting valuable insights from large and complex datasets, using a combination of data analysis, machine learning, and statistical techniques. This is a new job role within an evolving Data function to working on delivering the University's Enterprise Data Programme focused on providing a centralised data capability including:

  • Clear data governance, ownership, and stewardship
  • Expert support to data consumers through increased data analysis and literacy skills
  • Rapid access to disparate data
  • New data insights tools and techniques
  • What you'll be doing…

  • Conduct comprehensive data analysis, including collection, cleaning, exploration, and transformation.
  • Extract actionable insights to inform decision-making at all levels.
  • Develop predictive models to enhance student engagement, resource allocation, and administrative processes.
  • Utilise advanced statistical methods to uncover correlations and dependencies.
  • Apply diverse machine learning techniques to solve complex problems.
  • Create compelling data visualizations to communicate findings effectively.
  • Establish and enforce data quality standards for reliability.
  • Collaborate with teams to maintain robust data pipelines.
  • Support stakeholders across the university with the articulation of business questions and defining relevant approaches/datasets for data analysis
  • Provide statistical guidance and articulate the benefits of AI and data science.
  • Stay updated with advancements in the field.
  • Just some of thebenefits that come with this role include:

  • Substantial annual leave package of 41 days! (33 days + bank holidays)
  • Incredible Full USS pension scheme with significant employer contributions.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements : Craft your work schedule with our flexible working policy. Achieve the balance you've been looking for.
  • Sector leading policies aroundmaternity, adoption and shared parental leave(up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • Benefit from fantastic discounts at local and national shops through numerous discount schemes including TOTUM cards
  • We'll take your personal and professional development very seriously and we'll empower you to keep developing your expert skills and give you access to the latest technologies and platforms
  • Discounted state-of-the-art fitness centres on all our campuses
  • Sustainability Commute: Join our sustainable travel initiative by enjoying a 10% discount on bus passes, cycle to work scheme and taking advantage of car sharing incentives. Save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Recognition and Rewards : We have multiple scheme helps us celebrate your contributions.
  • Stunning campus locations in Exeter and Cornwall
  • We're really looking for…

  • Someone to conduct thorough data analysis, including cleaning and transformation.
  • Develop predictive models to enhance decision-making and operational efficiency.
  • Utilize advanced statistical methods and machine learning techniques.
  • Create clear data visualizations for diverse stakeholders.
  • Establish and enforce data quality standards.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop data-driven insights.
  • Proficiency in Python or R and data visualization tools.
  • Strong communication skills for conveying findings to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Flexibility and proactive problem-solving attitude in a dynamic environment.
  • Familiarity with big data technologies and data privacy best practices.
  • Willingness to work additional hours as needed.
  • We're here to innovate and transform the face of higher education so we need people who want to bring new ideas to the table.
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment. We would also welcome applicants looking for part time positions, if you are looking for more flexible hours please outline this in your covering letter.

    Apply via our university portal with your CV and short a cover note telling us how great you are and how your skills line up to what we're looking for!

    We will be shortlisting for this role W/C 20th May with the view to interview remotely on Monday 3rd June.

    More about theDigital Team!

    At the University of Exeter, we're embarking on an exciting journey of digital transformation that will reshape the way we educate, research, and collaborate. Our commitment to embracing cutting-edge digital technologies and fostering digital skills development is at the heart of our mission. We are dedicated to working with partners who share our values to enhance our education, research, and partnerships while meeting the evolving needs of our students and colleagues across our campuses.

    We work in an agile way and have organised the team into chapters (groups of people with the same skill sets) and squads (made up of people from the chapters who can work autonomously and to their own goals). We want to test and champion new working models in our squads that push the boundaries of inclusivity, location, and flexibility. Our users will be at the heart of everything we do and we'll develop new ways to deliver value, make things easier and generate new income along the way.

    Our new team of visionaries is tasked with supporting the University of Exeter 2030 strategy, focusing on:

  • Simplifying and enhancing the end-to-end digital experience, augmented with physical elements.
  • Identifying and testing new opportunities through rich data and insights.
  • Developing innovative digital products, services, and platforms.
  • Cultivating digital capability, encompassing skills, structure, working methods, technology, data, leadership, and culture.
  • Check out our Digital Strategy for more info!
  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.

    Further information

    Please contact Mariano Sanchez-Luppi, Interim Co-Head of Digital, M.Sanchez- [email protected]

    Job details


    Data Scientist


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    May 03, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 16, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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