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Many thanks to my colleague Ruth Donnelly for this post on careers in data science and if you’re interested look our for the Data Talent Scotland event happening later in March – Rebecca

There has been an exponential explosion in number of jobs relating to data science and this is only likely to continue growing, so it may be worth a closer look.

What roles are involved in big data?

Data analyst – understands demands of business and able to integrate that with data

Data engineer – software development skills, builds and maintains systems

Data scientist – high powered maths and statistical skills

Ideally data scientists combine all 3 roles. You need to be able to (or be able to quickly learn how to) program, be comfortable with the software used in data analytics (3 most common are Python, R and MATLAB) and, importantly be able to understand…

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From CGI to cleft palates, mapping disease to space science & bedbugs!

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STFC is one of seven publicly funded UK Research Councils. With a combination of expertise, facilities and resources, they drive knowledge and innovation in the UK and throughout the world, shaping societies, strengthening economies, building industries and transforming lives. Based across six key sites nationwide, with collaborations around the globe, their teams are a mix of scientists, engineers, technology specialists and support professionals (all 2000 of them) –  harnessing what they know to meet real-world requirements.

Their success stories give a good flavour of what they do – and what you could be doing with them.

Find out more about careers with STFC on their website. They recruit via MyCareerHub too so start following them on MyCareerHub and on LinkedIn to get updates on opportunities.

They are currently focussing on inspiring careers for women in their organisation and have won awards for addressing  gender inequality.

Data, digital and creative internships

In summer 2017 there will be 50, 10-12 week paid internships available at some of the IPA’s 300 member agencies aimed at STEM penultimate and final year students.

The AdMission internship programme through STEP gives undergraduates and new graduates insight into the new graduate job roles emerging  across the advertising sector which benefit from degrees in physics, mathematics, computer science, data science, software and electronic engineering, economics, psychology and anthropology.

Digital technology is transforming the way advertising companies do business. Data analysis drives consumer insight. Algorithms dictate real-time media buying, coding underpins the functionality of the websites and apps built for communications and e-commerce. Behavioural science informs user experience journeys. STEM graduates who want to apply their skills to a creative communications environment are needed by the sector.

Internship roles include: data analyst, digital strategist, real-time media planner, econometrician, developer/creative technologist, user experience planner, creative planner. Want to know about the roles and how to apply?

Visit: AdMission 2017

Advertising is a reflection of society, and the sector is keen to increase their representation of the multi-cultural society in which we live and work. The AdMission Internship programme welcomes applications from Black And Minority Ethnic students to support this pipeline of talent.

STEP.org.uk offers internships in a range of other areas too and environmental internships through its Bright Green Placements opportunities

 

Featured employer: Theodo

You still have time to catch Theodo at today’s Careers Fair but if you can’t make it…

Theodo are a team of digital experts finding digital solutions to complex business problems. They use a range of technologies including Python for big data. Evolving from  a small student start-up, Theodo has grown to meet the demand for web and mobile development. They now have a team in London and over 100 in France, solving complex business problems for clients world-wide, from start-ups to large corporate clients.

Find out more about their work through their online case studies. Co-founder Fabrice Bernhard told me:

We love tech-savvy physicists!

Voted no 1 in Les Echos Happy at Work 2016. 99% of Theodoers took part in the survey which led to Theodo being recognised as the best start up to work for in France.

 

Data science winter fellowship: MSc students and final year PhDs

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. They offer a free intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others.

Who Should Apply

Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

More details on their website

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in their upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Data Analyst Graduate (Big Data Rotational Programme)

King are looking for talented physics graduates, UG and Masters, with a broad set of skills who are excited about the idea of testing themselves across the different areas of Data Analytics over a 2 year period.

It’s a rotational graduate programme so you get to experience a range of areas before specialising, great if you want to try different things.

Find out more on the Gradcracker site

Other employers who recruit physics students via Gradcracker are listed below. You can follow them via Gradcracker to get alerts when new physics specific opportunities are released. The employers are all on MyCareerHub too

  • AWE (employs mostly physics)
  • DSTL
  • Renishaw
  • Institute of Physics
  • Roke
  • Leonardo
  • Thales
  • Imagination
  • STFC

From Physics to Data Science: my transition from academia to industry

Great event coming up on 17 Dec at the Data Lab. Find out more here:

“From Physics to Data Science – My transition from Academia to Industry”

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015, 6:30 PM

The Data Lab
University of Edinburgh, 15 South College Street, EH8 9AA Edinburgh, GB

34 Data & Technology enthusiasts Attending

Martina Pugliese, PHD – Data Scientist – Mallzeehttps://uk.linkedin.com/in/martinapugliese“From Physics to Data Science – My transition from Academia to Industry”Martina will talk about how you convince an industry that you are good for them, what skills you need to refine, soft skills you need to leverage, mathematics and numerical abilities an…

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Big data = big business

The storage, manipulation and analysis of data underpins many business processes and systems. Ocado Technology is one example of a commercial business that is generating hundreds of terabytes of data, through tens of thousands of events a second, and needs data solutions to capture, store and derive value and innovation from it. It may not be ‘Big Data’ by some standards but it’s critical data and their Data Scientists, Development Teams and Business Users have BIG demands of it. They say:

Traditional data storage/processing tools can’t cut the mustard so we are building our own solutions. It’s cloud based, open source and it’s bleeding edge.

If you’re thinking “how can I apply my skills and experience in technical writing, software development – or working with big data”, they have opportunities for specialist technology roles as well as a range of graduate schemes.

Check out their blog to find out more about Robotics,  Algorithm Development and Simulation & Visualisation at Ocado Technology