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Graduate Data Scientist
  • Python
  • SQL
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Analysis
  • Database
  • NLP
  • NoSQL
Civil Service
144 days ago

As a Data Scientist you will:

  • Deliver insight from data using statistical and data science techniques, applying your skills in coding, mathematics and statistics.
  • Help government understand and tackle some of the key challenges facing society on topics such as the economy, health, urban future and the UK in a global context.
  • Access appropriate and analyse data sources required for the project.
  • Support the creation of innovative data products and services and be able to tell a compelling evidence based narrative of the project.


We are looking for candidates with existing knowledge and experience of some or all of the following data science techniques:

Essential skills
  • Data analytics – such as statistical model selection, supervised/un-supervised/deep machine learning, network analysis, and natural language processing (NLP). Confident programming ability (R, Python or other data analysis relevant languages).
  • Data Management/curation – such as the manipulation and analysis of datasets held in relational and/or non-relational databases.
  • Data/Systems engineering – such as the implementation of algorithms in programming languages (like R or Python), SQL and noSQL database systems, statistical analysis languages and tooling.
  • Story telling and data visualisation – including the visualisation of insights drawn from data and building of data driven products.
  • Scientific research methods – analytical, independent, critical and curious analysis of data literature reviews.

Desirable skills
  • Examples of open source projects and contributions or Github profile.
Those with equivalent wider experience are also actively encouraged to apply.

A minimum of a 2.1 degree, or post graduate qualification, in a relevant discipline or equivalent wider experience.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical Questions will be based around Person Specification at interview


The Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business.

Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture.

We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

Inclusion & Accessibility

At ONS we're always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

If you would like an accessible version of any of the attachments or recruitment documents below or linked to in this advert, please contact the recruitment team who will be happy to assist.

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