Lecturer (Data Science)

Office for National Statistics

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021


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Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Data Science Campus

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Newport, Wales, NP10 8XG : Fareham, South East, PO15 5RR

About the job


The digital revolution is changing everything. Transforming how we work and play and how we view societies the world over. Management of data is becoming ever more important in a modern economy. Data science is driving competitiveness and better public services, improving the lives of citizens. In order to realise the potential that new data sources hold, we need to be alive to opportunities as they arise and ensure people have the right skills to unleash innovation through data science throughout the public sector.

Based at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) headquarters in South Wales, with Hubs in London, Southampton and Glasgow, the Data Science Campus is a purpose-built centre for excellence playing a key role in developing the UK’s international presence and reputation in leading the data science agenda, developing cutting-edge statistics and analytical techniques. As well as supporting ONS to apply new techniques to understand the UK’s economy and society, the Campus is the data science hub for the UK Government, leading on capacity-building and coordinating innovation.

The Capability Team at the Campus builds public sector data science capability. We develop and deliver a range of data science and AI training, and capacity-building programmes, working with national and international partners to help them build their organisational data science skills and tackle some of society’s biggest challenges. We support individual data scientists to develop their skills through in-house training and graduate-level programmes with partner universities.

The Capability Team have successfully trained over 500 data analysts for UK government achieving our 2021 target. We have also scaled up our programmes to support the growth of data science for global public good. In particular, our current graduate programme cohort consists of over 50 participants dispersed across UK government and public sector organisations with planning already in place for the design of the next programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to work at the heart of data science in the public sector based in the Faculty within the Capability Team.

To find out more about the Data Science Campus and projects, please visit our DSC link Data Science Campus or follow us on Twitter

Job description

As a Lecturer for the Data Science Campus you will develop and deliver high quality and research-led teaching programmes to people from a variety of backgrounds across the UK Government and public sector. You will work with colleagues in the Data Science Faculty to design, commission and deliver data science.

It will be essential that you continuously develop your data science skills and keep up to speed with rapidly evolving data science techniques. As part of your responsibilities, you will lead or work within multidisciplinary delivery teams and collaborate with others in government, industry, academia and charities, both in the UK and internationally.


As a Lecturer in Data Science, you will:

· Design and deliver data science teaching programmes and be responsible for module development.
· Conduct research aligned to the use and application of Data Science in the public sector as part of ongoing Campus Research and external Consultancy projects.
· Lead and undertake, collaboration with external clients including the planning, design and development of programmes and short courses and the curriculum contained within programmes for these clients.
· Have excellent communication skills and be committed to high quality teaching.
· Inspire the next generation of data scientists within the public sector as a mentor and thought leader within the wider government data science community, through internal government and external conferences, seminars and workshops.
· Undertake Line Management responsibility as required within the team.

Person Specification

Essential skills criteria and experience:

Data Science is an intensely multidisciplinary practice with a continually evolving skill set.You should be able to demonstrate significant expertise in all of the following areas:

· Experience of teaching or delivering training including module design, curriculum development, as appropriate to career history.

· Experience of leadership and/or leading of collaborative teams with external clients, partners and stakeholders.

· Proven technical ability through a higher-level qualification in a relevant discipline or have equivalent qualifications / experience.

Technical skills

You should be able to demonstrate significant expertise in some or all of the following areas, we do not expect any one person to cover all the skills:

• Programming ability in R and/or Python;

• Data science techniques - such as statistical model selection, supervised/un-supervised/deep machine learning, network analysis, and natural language processing (NLP).

• 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/Systems engineering – such as the design of algorithms, implementation of big data solutions, multi-core/distributed processing;

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


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • A combination of technical questions and tests may be used at interview stage aligned to the person specification of the role. DDAT Profession


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 & Diversity

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.

If you need help with any part of the application process or completing your CV or personal statement please contact our Recruitment Team at ons.resourcing@ons.go.uk or call us on 01633 455556, one of the team will be happy to help you.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your job history, skills, experience and personal statement.

Your job history, skills and experience should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1,250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for the following criteria:
· Experience of teaching or delivering training.
· Experience of leadership and/or leading of collaborative teams with external clients, partners and stakeholders.
· Technical ability in Data Science tools and techniques.
As relevant to the role - see details in the person specification contained in the advert.

Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

Shortlisting and Interview

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you'll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

A presentation will be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Sift: from 8th December 2021
Interviews: 6th and 7th January 2022 and w/c 10th January 2022

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment at bottom of page.

Our main locations are Newport (South Wales), Titchfield and London but we are currently home working.

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Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Gemma watts
Email :  gemma.watts@ons.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :  michelle.roderick@ons.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Pablo Perez, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here

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