Data Scientist

Full time

Employment Information

This role is available full-time for 37 hours per week or part-time with a minimum coverage of 25 hours / Flexible or compressed working patterns available.

Do you have Data Science expertise? Are you interested in Cyber Security? Do you want to work where you can make a difference, and use your Data Scientist skills, in cyber security research to protect National Security in the UK and overseas?

As a Data Scientist, you will be using your experience in mathematics and computer science, you will apply scientific methods, process, and algorithms, to extract knowledge and insights from noisy, structured and unstructured data.

Our work is intellectually stimulating and varied. We use Red Team methodology in our security research, and work in small teams. We secure a wide variety of technologies, and you’ll work on projects that range from short-term security assessments to long-term in-depth analysis of complex systems.

Our investment in your continued professional development is world-class, and throughout you will develop your career through technical training, professional accreditation, mentoring, and most importantly – on the job training. There are also opportunities for overseas travel for training and conferences.

More About You

To apply for this role, you will already have experience in and be able to show evidence in your application of:

  • Using programming experience to build scalable data products for a range of users.
  • Using a range of data sources, analytical tools, and techniques throughout the lifecycle to develop and deploy robust data science solutions.
  • Analysing and interpreting data.
  • Applying data science techniques to present, communicate and disseminate complicated data science products clearly, to achieve and measure impact to a range of audiences, including non-technical staff.

To strengthen your application, it would be beneficial if you also have experience in and be able to show evidence in your application of:

  • The application of data science to cyber security problems, in anything from vulnerability analysis support, to debugging software and/or network traffic analysis.
  • Understanding the ethical considerations of data science approaches and the policy and legislation applicable in this area
  • Computer science fundamentals and digital forensics (including memory and instructions sets – x86/ARM/MIPS/etc.)
  • Domain experience is a preferable but not essential.

Your Personal Skills

You will be the type of person who:

  • Is technically curious.
  • Enjoys problem solving.
  • Has the ability to adapt to unplanned changes and overcome obstacles.
  • Enjoys seeing tasks through to completion.
  • Is open minded.
  • Demonstrates strong intellectual curiosity.
  • Has excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Takes pride in being the ‘go to’ person, establishing your credibility equally with technical peers and non-technical end users.
  • Enjoys continuously promoting personal development by expanding data science knowledge and sharing best practice across departments/industry.
  • Feels confident with uncertainty, helping others to reduce and manage ambiguity around potential ways forward.

Putting your skills to use

Using your diverse range of skills within the team, you will:

  • Enjoy working with Policy and operations, to understand where Data Science can add value to support strategic and operational decision-making, in order to create impact.
  • Sources, accesses, manipulates, and engineers data processes with data that typically have characteristics of volume, velocity and variety, and veracity.
  • Builds credible statistical models from the data and uses the best coding practices to generate reproducible work.
  • Proactively uses an evolving range of data analysis tools and techniques, and the ability to adapt to unplanned changes, overcome obstacles, and see tasks through to completion.
  • Enjoys working with a range of experts, knowing when to draw on their expertise to help deliver project requirements.
  • Has an interest in mentoring Junior data scientists and other engineers and sharing knowledge and experience with the team.
  • Identifying efficient and effective ways to use Data Science to tackle business and organisational challenges, applying innovative techniques.

What we offer

Now that we’ve explained a bit about what you will we be doing, here’s what we can offer you:

  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service.
  • 8 Bank Holiday days off in addition to your annual leave.
  • 2 ½ additional days leave (set dates through the year).
  • Paid overtime or time off in lieu. Your salary is for your contracted hours. If you work more, we believe you should be rewarded for that.
  • Lots and lots of training. This can be anything from a ½ day internal course to a distant learning degree. If it’s relevant to your career, we will aim to support you.
  • Our Pension scheme is Alpha. It’s competitive.
  • Sports & Social Society. Whether its classic cars or baking, golf or crafting, we have a society for you.
  • On site nursery (subject to availability).
  • 3 days paid leave a year to support a registered charity of your choice.
  • Free parking
  • Free onsite gym, open 24 hours a day
  • Relocation Package*
  • Affinity Groups – whether you are disabled, LGBTQ and/or from an Ethnic Minority. We provide an inclusive environment and support for everyone. You’ll be working under a capability framework, which recognises and rewards specialist expertise.

Training and Development Section:

We offer our commitment in developing our colleagues and recognise this may look different for everyone. We’ll use this capability framework to provide guidance and in turn the tools to support you in your career at HMGCC. Not only that but there’ll be opportunities to gain qualifications and pursue and number of specialist pathways, as well as undertaking training tailored to your skillset, coaching and mentoring.

As you develop, grow, and maintain your technical skills, you will have the opportunity to progress through capability framework pay points. You’ll need to regularly demonstrate and endorse your skills based on the set assessment criteria. If you find yourself in a position where you aren’t maintaining the required skills, you’ll be given the opportunity and support to rectify this, as you could find yourself reverting to a lower level of capability and pay.”


We are HMGCC, the engineering specialists at the heart of the UK’s national security.

We work with the National Security Community, UK Government, academia, private sector partners and international allies to bring engineering ingenuity to the national security mission, creating tools and technologies that drive us ahead and help to protect the nation.

We invest in our people, not only with training but also support throughout your career with us; to allow you to reach your full potential at work, as well as enjoy the work/life balance many aspire to.

To find out more about us and if we’re right for you, please visit our website.

Equal Opportunities

Inclusion & Diversity really matters to us. It’s not just about numbers or visible differences.

HMGCC are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities or who are neurodiverse.

We’re not looking for any one type of person. We’re looking for talent from all different backgrounds to join our organisation, where we genuinely respect and value each other’s differences, as well as our similarities. It makes us even better at what we do.

HMGCC is proud to hold the status of Disability Confident Employer. In line with this, we offer the Disability Confident - Offer of Interview. To find out more and how you can apply under this scheme, please see the inclusion and diversity information on our website.


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