Applied Data Scientist job at SCOTLAND’S RURAL COLLEGE

Applied Data Scientist

Lecturer / Reader

SRUC Rural and Veterinary Innovation Center


£43,376 – £50,519 per year (under review)

Ref: ANF/VAS/001/22

The Rural College at the Northern Faculty of Scotland (SRUC) conducts a wide range of research in applied agriculture, including soil and crop science, animal health and production, and aquaculture. Researchers have access to a variety of datasets, the scope of which is unique in Scotland and rare in the UK.

SRUC’s Epidemiology and Planetary Health (EPH) group, based in Inverness, plays a vital role in quantitative and data-driven research efforts within the Scottish Government’s Center of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (EPIC) and other areas of domestic and wild animal health. The team is located at the Rural and Veterinary Innovation Center (RaVIC), an element of which supports rural enterprise development and provides advice on data curation and analysis.

We are seeking a Senior Applied Data Scientist to join EPIC, support EPH and RaVIC, and participate more broadly in SRUC’s data-driven research programs in animal health, epidemiology and agriculture.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and independent scientist with a proven track record in health, epidemiology or related fields. You will have experience and/or training in modern data science techniques as well as data processing and database engineering. Experience in disease modeling would be a plus. Knowledge of information systems security and data protection regulations. Teaching opportunities may exist.

In this role, you will:

  • lead the development of research programs around data science, contribute to successful grant applications, and contribute research papers focused on disease epidemiology and control
  • design and develop appropriate solutions for the storage, retrieval or extraction of data from ongoing research projects, animal health monitoring systems and long-term agricultural experiments, and design approaches to integrate data from various sources
  • develop a system for the implementation of Open Data approaches within the EPIC
  • collaborate with other researchers on the suitability of different approaches using modern data science for a wide variety of research and commercial projects
  • integrate newly developed approaches for data processing into an existing automated data processing system to facilitate the development of prediction models and machine learning algorithms
  • help automate the updating of data sources and data processing applications
  • provide periodic assistance to other data management and research staff, as required provide data support, including training, for companies engaged with the RaVIC, as agreed and deemed appropriate
  • present project results using a range of media, including the provision of teaching material at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Salary by appointment will be based on experience and qualifications.

Further details on the requirements for this role can be found in the Job Details document which you should read before applying for this role. This is downloadable when you click on the APPLY link.

Informal inquiries are welcome: [email protected]

In August 2022, all academic roles will be assimilated into a new structure of professional families. Details are contained in the Position Details document.

Closing Date: June 30, 2022

Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

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