Principal Geospatial Data Scientist- NHS Test & Tr...

Location: London

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Principal Geospatial Data Scientists within the Joint Biosecurity Centre and NHS Test and Trace can be expected to support work across the following areas:

Provide analysis and assessment to Covid-19 outbreaks;

Set the COVID-19 Alert level;

Provide Local Authorities, Directors of Public Health (DPH) and the Public Health England network with analysis and assessment to identify the likelihood of infection flare-ups in their areas;

Compile evidence, including area and population context, influencers, early signals, outbreak indicators, and direct Test and Trace result data

Perform hypothesis testing and analysis to understand the effectiveness of the Test and Trace system and other types of intervention;

Create live dashboards to present data and analysis, including performance monitoring for Test and Trace or indicating changes in infection rates across the UK

Engage with partners in wider government, academia and the private sector to gain access to new data sources and information.


Essential skills / experience / knowledge:

Leadership and development of staff to deliver geospatial data science products and analysis in agile teams.

Establishing improved solutions to business problems using innovative and domain appropriate solutions. Identify opportunities and provide expert advice on business problems that benefit from geographical insight.

Building geospatial capability, including recruitment, training, tooling and infrastructure. Champion the use of geospatial data and promote best practice.

Solid understanding and experience in applying geospatial techniques to real world problems and in the context of data science work.

Very good understanding and experience of cartographic principles and production of engaging mapping products to a range of users.

Proven experience with Python and/or R for geospatial analysis and data science, and familiarity with GIS software (QGIS, ArcGIS etc.)

Very good understanding of UK’s statistical and administrative geographies, postcode directories, and familiarity with Ordnance Survey products and data licensing.

Ability to work at pace to deadlines across multiple projects.

Ability to effectively communicate the results of your analysis to senior stakeholders and decision makers.

Understanding how to write SQL queries and interact with Databases.

Ability to write functions and understandable object orientated code.

Understanding of software best practice, including confident use of version control using platforms such as Github.

A technical background in Microsoft SQL Databases, Microsoft Reporting Tools (SSRS, PowerBI) and Microsoft data extraction methods (SSIS).

Essential Qualifications:

A first or second class honours undergraduate degree, and/or higher degree (MSc / PhD) with a substantial geography or GIS component; or

Have worked in the geospatial field and are able to demonstrate continuous professional development in geospatial analysis and data science at the same level as a foundation degree/HND (Level 5)

Technical Skills:

Programming and build

Applied maths, statistics and scientific practices

Geospatial data analysis


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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