Data Scientist for the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT)

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Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£33,309- £40,927 per annum

The Blavatnik School of Government is seeking a full-time Data Scientist to join the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) team.

Launched in March 2020, the OxCGRT is a pioneering tool that tracks and compares how governments have responded to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. The tracker systematically collects information on several different policy indicators such as school closures, testing, stay-at-home requirements, and travel restrictions. Drawing on the data, the core team are regularly engaged in advising governments and international organizations, including the UN OHCA, the World Health Organization, the UK Cabinet Office, Department of Health and Social Care, and the Prime Minister’s office. The OxCGRT dataset is used by governments, researchers, journalists, and NGOs around the world.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the postholder will play a leading role in analysing and communicating the data collected by the tracker. This is an exciting new role – mixing elements in-house data journalism, academic research, and back-end data system development. Apart from overseeing the creation of new and exciting data outputs and visualisations, the role will also involve coordinating our research community of analysts and academics. You don’t have to be an expert in every part of our technical stack but should have the ability and intuition to discover new insights and tell stories with data.

The successful candidate will have significant experience leading data analysis in a project-relevant field along with strong quantitative data analysis skills, experience in manipulating large datasets and fluency with either Stata or R. They will have the ability to innovate, take initiative in developing new projects and produce analytical insights. Excellent communication and team working skills, as well as an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and a track record of excellent publications and outputs, are essential.

This position is fixed-term until 31 October 2022. More information about working at the Blavatnik School of Government can be found on our jobs page.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday 29 November 2021.


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