Data Scientists - Artificial Intelligence / Machine Intelligence)

Dstl Porton Down and/or RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
£31,198 - £72,084 DOE
15 Mar 2017
02 Apr 2017
Clearance Level
Job Type

Let’s be honest, if the Ministry of Defence is going to maintain a winning edge and keep our forces safe we are going to have to handle today’s most valuable commodity, data, very differently. 

Availability of potentially battle wining data continues to increase rapidly and the number of networked devices is already estimated at twice the global population. Ministry of Defence sensors stream hundreds of Terabytes of data per hour; images, radar, speech, text, maps, vehicle data, medical data, open, hidden….. Out of this avalanche we must extract critical information and bring it together to gain the vital insights that keeps our Defence and Security one step ahead. No one can read it all; these days, making the links and protecting the UK at home and abroad depends on the right fusion of human and machine abilities. That’s where you come in. 

You will get to know the problems the military face and develop the technological advantage to keep them effective and safe in a rapidly changing world. You will apply a range of information science and machine intelligence skills on real problems and real data to make a real difference. 

You will work across the MOD, Government and with our partners in industry and academia in the UK and abroad. 

We ask for a strong numerical qualification and related experience, as well as willingness to learn and innovate. As the role becomes more senior we will seek increasing levels of experience and qualification. 

ased at Dstl Porton Down near Salisbury and/or embedded with operational users at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire, the Intelligence Systems and Analytics (ISA) Group provides high impact S&T to MOD and other Government departments in the rapidly expanding fields of Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence. The ISA Group uses and develops the best tools and techniques to improve the processing and exploitation of information to support national security through improved intelligence products. 

Technical /Professional Knowledge and Skills 

Ability to prepare and deliver technical reports, by written and verbal briefing, with clear and persuasive explanation. 

Evidence of ability to employ scientific research methods – analytical, independent, critical and curious analysis of data, literature reviews. 

You will have knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: 

Data analytics – such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, statistical modelling, pattern recognition, supervised and un-supervised learning, data mining, predictive analysis and natural language processing. 

Data management/curation – such as the manipulation and analysis of complex, high volume and high dimensionality data, data modelling (including semantic technologies), relational and non-relational databases, cloud storage and data management, interoperability and standardisation for data, metadata management. 

Data science engineering – such as the design of algorithms, implementation of big data solutions, multi-core/distributed processing, SQL and noSQL database systems, statistical analysis languages and tooling. 

Story-telling and data visualisation – including the visualisation of insights draw from data and building of data driven products. 

Systems engineering - applied to data/information/intelligence challenges in complex environments (defence or otherwise). 

Basic programming ability (preferably Java, Python or other data analysis relevant language, although others will be considered). 

Technical/Professional Experience 

History of managing and conducting own technical project work 

Track record of writing technical reports to the agreed standard 


Numerical education with working knowledge of mathematics and statistics e.g. data science, computer science, geospatial science, mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, engineering or related technical subject. Those with equivalent experience are also actively encouraged to apply. 

A higher degree (MSc or PhD) in a related subject is desirable although we are also keen to hear from those with equivalent experience.

In return for playing your part in the UK’s defence and security, we offer extensive benefits that include everything from a pension and generous leave, to excellent learning and development opportunities – all in addition to a competitive salary. Our sites are equipped with gyms and restaurants. But it’s not just your working environment that we’ve thought about. Your home life is important too, which is why we offer a truly flexible work-life balance. In short, we’ve done our best to ensure that our rewards reflect your talents.

We have multiple positions available and salary is dependent on your skills and experience.

If you are interested in this role please visit the civil service jobs website and search for vacancy 1530262 to view the full role profile and find details on how to apply. 


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