This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join an industry-leading Data Science project as the KTP Associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Exeter and SRK Exploration.

The post is available immediately, on a 2-year fixed term basis. It includes a £4K training budget and 10% of your working time dedicated to personal development. The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Exeter and will be based at the company premises in Cardiff.

This project aims to utilise data science capabilities to improve strategic decision making during mineral prospecting. The Data Scientist will be working alongside the Principal Geologist and technical support staff within SRK Exploration and wider across SRK’s global practices, which provides a range of technical services to the mineral exploration and mining industries. More information about SRK can be found at:
The role of the Data Scientist will be to lead this strategic project, working alongside SRK and leading academics at the University of Exeter to develop and embed innovative data models to revolutionise mineral exploration methods. The successful applicant will develop both industrial and research skills for their future career, utilising the skills and knowledge of company supervisors, as well as benefitting from continuous academic support.

Applicants will have a Data Science, Statistics or Mathematical Science background, preferably with a PhD in the subject or a very good Master’s degree in a quantitative subject. They must also be a self-starter, have confidence in their own abilities, be happy to work alone and as part of a small team and have excellent communication and problem-solving skills. Familiarity and confidence in Bayesian statistics and simulation techniques, including experience of programming in Python or R, is essential.

The Associate must also have an aptitude for, and show an interest in, the commercial aspects of the work being undertaken; candidates who are able to demonstrate experience or an interest in geoscience will be at a distinct advantage. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate an initial understanding of customer requirements and eventual market uptake.
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For further information please contact, Dr Danny Williamson, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, telephone 01392 725514 or email, or James Gilbertson, Managing Director of SRK, telephone 07841 800094 or email

The department has gained a Silver Athena SWAN award as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The closing date for completed applications is 12th April 2020. Interviews are expected to take place at SRK Exploration’s premises in Cardiff, or potentially via videoconference. Due to the nature of the role, we will only shortlist candidates who clearly demonstrate their suitability for this role via a covering letter and/or personal statement.