Data Scientist

Cumbernauld, Glasgow
19 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Data Scientist
Department: Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) (, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (
Staff Category: Knowledge Exchange
Reference No: 107717
Reports To: PNDC R&D Manager
Grade: 7
Salary Range: £31604 - £38833
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (3 years)
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date    Sunday, 18 February 2018

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development, the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) has been established in Wardpark North near Cumbernauld. The PNDC is a world-class facility with dedicated staff that will accelerate the adoption of new, 'smart' technologies within advanced power grids, supporting the increased accommodation of renewable energy, electric vehicles and demand side management. The £12.5 million Centre - the first of its kind in Europe – has been founded by the University of Strathclyde and leading energy companies including Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. With the addition of UK Power Networks, Vodafone, S&C Electric, CISCO, Omicron, and Locamation, the Centre has expanded its membership to eight industry partners and this growth is set to continue.

The PNDC provides: a purpose-built platform for showcasing state of the art electrical distribution, generation, storage and demand side innovation; a rapid technology pipeline accelerating the proving and deployment of integrated smart grid solutions with commercial partners; a realistic and controllable test bed from primary plant to state-of-the-art control room for the development of emerging smart grid technologies that will support the realisation of a de-carbonised grid. The PNDC is formally linked to the University through the Institute for Energy and Environment within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

The PNDC seeks to appoint a Data Scientist (Knowledge Exchange Associate) with the ambition, talent and drive to develop insightful and impactful analytics in the smart grid domain in its unique, world-class industry-scale facility. The successful candidate will work as part of a growing dynamic team on a wide range of technical projects and research with particular emphasis on data exploration and analysis. Opportunities for innovation are extensive, through the strong working relationship and routes to market afforded by the PNDC industry members. This will be supplemented with collaborative opportunities with other research and industry teams in the UK and abroad. 

This position will involve working primarily within the Network and Demand Side Management theme.  However the applicant will have the opportunity to work across various research specialisms in an electrical utilities context: including communications and systems integration, sensors and measurement, asset management. Applicants will be comfortable manipulating large and diverse data sets from multiple sources in a variety of tools and have a passion for answering hard questions with data.

You should possess a good honours degree and possibly a PhD or equivalent professional experience, in computer science, electrical engineering, or a relevant numerate discipline, together with relevant professional experience. Good evidence of technical writing ability and general communication skills is important, as is the capacity to work in a dynamic team environment. As a self-starter, you will be able to plan and conduct individual research and knowledge exchange activities in a structured manner, as well as generate new ideas and concepts. 

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.