Junior Data Scientist

Government of Alberta - Edmonton, AB (5 months ago)

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The Junior Data Scientist reports to the OSI Manager, Statistical Services and will carry out tasks such as statistical analysis, programming, data management and visualizations on cross-ministry projects that OSI is undertaking. Performing this role requires a willingness to innovate and try new methods and tools. The ideal candidate will have a strong drive for innovation and analytics to solve problems using a data driven methodology.

The junior data scientist is expected to program in several languages and demonstrate a willingness to learn new tools and technologies such as: SAS, Git, R, Python, Tensorflow and D3. You do not need to know all of these languages but should understand what is appropriate for different tasks.

A completion of a post-secondary degree in relevant discipline (Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or Social Sciences) with two or more years of experience and proficiency in analyzing data is required.

Experience and proficiency in the use of data analytics software (e.g., SAS, R, or Python) is required. Candidates must demonstrate comprehension of data analytics including ability to assess existing data sources and devise mechanisms to adapt or utilize alternate data sources such as administrative data to be used for statistical purposes.

Knowledge and understanding of statistical theories, principles and practices, and their use in research processes, defining statistical methodologies and application to analytical processes (e.g., ensure ability to implement and evaluate methods for sampling, collecting, processing and analyzing data) is required.

Knowledge and understanding of statistical concepts, methodologies and techniques used in the acquisition and development of data for research and analysis, policy/program development, issue resolution and decision support functions is an asset.

Familiarity with best practices around data visualization and reproducible data science workflows would be an asset.

Familiarity with open data and open source tools, such as Git, R, Python, & QGIS would be an asset.

Equivalencies will be considered on the basis of: 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

Evidence of ongoing professional development to maintain currency of knowledge is essential.

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:


In this role, you will contribute to our team by demonstrating the following behavioral competencies:

Agility: Shows persistence and creativity in meeting goals in a context of changing priorities. Able to anticipate and adapt to changing demands, proactively seeking support to appropriately prioritize tasks.

Drive for Results: Analyzes past experiences and adapts strategies to ensure future success. Takes responsibility for work goals and identifies opportunities to exceed performance expectations.

Build Collaborative Environments: Promote collaboration within and across groups, building a commitment to produce excellent results by encouraging respectful debate and facilitating communication.

Creative Problem Solving: Shows dedication to finding new and better solutions by actively seeking out resources, ideas and technology from diverse sources. Analyzes and assesses risks and opportunities, finding ways to better meet goals and outcomes.

$2,588.03 to $3,394.66 bi-weekly ($67,548 to $88,600 annually)

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Final Candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening. This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies at equal or lesser classifications across the Government of Alberta.

How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

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It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.html It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile
Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities:

Closing Statement
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Marie Urlacher at 780-644-0636. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.

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