Data Scientist

Location: Edmonton, AB

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Job Information

Job Requisition ID: 4950

Ministry: Health

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: July 19, 2021

Classification: Program Services 5

About Us

The Ministry of Health leads work in the areas of Alberta health insurance and benefits, doctors, hospitals and facilities, and other healthcare supports and information. For more information on the work Alberta Health does, visit this link:

The Epidemiology team is part of the Analytics and Performance Reporting Branch, and works to understand the distribution and determinants of the occurrence of disease in Alberta. The Epidemiology team also works to understand how the occurrence of disease affects health care service utilization in Alberta. This work directly supports Government of Alberta leadership to develop policies that guide the health care system in Alberta and policies that improve the health of Albertans.


Reporting to the Manager of the Epidemiology team, the Data Scientist position has two core functions:

Data Science Application

This function requires advanced statistical and machine learning expertise to create descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive analyses that support Government of Alberta priorities.

This function requires excellent written and verbal communication. The ability to conduct, synthesize, and communicate complex analyses for stakeholders with different levels of analytic experience is critical.

Data Science Leadership

This function requires leadership experience to advance the analytic priorities of the Government of Alberta. Examples include supporting the implementation of a provincial health analytic strategy, the development of a secure analytic environment for external stakeholders, and the development of short term and long terms plan to acquire data.

This function requires the ability to collect, synthesize, and advocate for Analytics and Performance Reporting Branch priorities with internal and external stakeholders who may have different priorities than the Analytics and Performance Reporting Branch.

Overall, you encompass and demonstrate the following behavioral competencies:

  • Seeks out new opportunities: Takes advantage of opportunities to change how work is done to better anticipate obstacles and improve service.
  • Supports change: Proactively seeks advice and support when priorities change to appropriately assess, prioritize and meet changing demands.

Build Collaborative Environments:
  • Brings people together: Builds on the skills and knowledge of others to create results.

Creative Problem Solving:
  • Challenges the process: Looks for ways to improve activities and results by doing something that may be new and different in the organization.
  • Identifies alternative solutions: Collects a breadth of data and a variety of perspectives to make a choice between potential solutions and evaluate how effective the solution will be. Uses judgement to develop pros and cons lists when evaluating alternatives considering the implications of proposed solutions.

Systems Thinking:
  • Looks beyond the immediate: Considers the inter-relationships among different aspects of an approach including how they relate to other programs or areas. Considers emerging trends when contributing ideas to the development of broader priorities, strategies and approaches.
  • Considers impacts: Seeks insight about the implications of different options from both a people and organizational perspective.
  • Understands connections: Seeks information and analyzes long-term outcomes. Focuses on the goals and values in addition to the process.
  • Provides clarity: Identifies unintended consequences of a plan.


A university degree in epidemiology, health sciences, data science, statistics, mathematics, or a related field. A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible related employment experience:

  • programming in SAS, R, and/or Python;
  • working with large health care administrative datasets, and data linking;
  • developing and evaluating analytic models; and
  • stakeholder engagement and leadership.

Preferences will be given to candidates with:

  • formal training in data science;
  • strong Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience;
  • strong programming experience in SAS;
  • strong epidemiologic analytic experience;
  • strong health care system analytic experience; and
  • strong data acquisition experience.

Equivalencies maybe considered - directly related education or experience on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:


$2,993.39 to $3,943.85 bi-weekly


Hours of Work

  • 36.25 hours per week (full time)

Other information:

  • A cover letter outlining how your experience relates to the qualifications of this role is required.
  • Top candidates will be required to undergo security screening.
  • Ability to travel throughout the province is required occasionally.

Position Location:

  • As per the pandemic restrictions and government recommendations, the department is currently supporting working from home. Reporting to the office for onboarding purposes may be required on a short-term basis. Outside the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, this role is expected to work onsite from the downtown office location in Edmonton.

This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

For more information on the Government of Alberta hiring process, view this link:

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits plan:
    • Management/OOE positions – 1stChoice
    • Bargaining Unit positions – MyCHOICE
  • Pension plan:
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Tips for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Jagreet Uppal, Talent Acquisition Services Administrator at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check

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