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City Modeller/Data Scientist Job

We’re looking for an experienced City Modeller and Data Scientist to help us work on an upcoming project. More details are below.

Who we are

Mastodon C are agile big data specialists. We offer the open source technology platform and the skills to help our clients realise the potential of their data. We work in particular in applying data to areas where we think we can have a positive impact on the world, like sustainability, health, and built environment.

Responsibilities
You will act as our inhouse city modelling expert for a major new product, applying big data, open data, and analytics technologies to improve city planning. We’ll be working with one major city as a test client, and hope to be bringing the product to a wider market in 2016.

You will in particular be responsible for:

  • Interacting with users and clients to understand their challenges and goals
  • Adjusting generic models for city scale purposes
  • Advice on alternative models to use for various city challenges
  • Disseminate knowledge around urban planning and city modelling throughout the team
  • Thinking through data workflows that will be intuitive for both technical and non-technical users
  • Querying data sources and coming up with recommendations for data usage and data related challenges
  • Working closely with the development team to create integrated city model structures – you will be specialising in the mathematics of the various city models, but you will also get involved with developing features end-to-end
  • Thinking through data workflows that will be intuitive for both technical and non-technical users
  • Working with our team to create meaningful, interactive visualisations of modelling results and forecasts

You will work day-to-day with the software development team and UX and UI focused staff, who you will collaborate with to design and implement the product.

Who you are

Our ideal person for this role would:

Must Have:

  • Have a Masters or PhD in urban planning, ecological modeling or similar.
  • Have had exposure to a wide range of city related models, such as population, pollution, transport and housing, and knowing the pros and cons of various model approaches
  • Be keen to learn about new areas of city modelling
  • Be excited to share their knowledge with the team
  • Have good communication skills – able to listen to users and clients and understand their challenges and goals and being able to communicate complex structures and models to non-technical users
  • Be interested in and excited about applying data and analytics to important issues in the world

Nice to Have:

  • Have experience with Javascript, HTML, and CSS, and be comfortable learning other new languages
  • Have experience with web-based data visualisation
  • Have experience with ETL or big data technologies (spark, hadoop, other)
  • Experience in or interest in clojure

Salary and work environment

We are based in Fitzroy Street, near Euston, London. We’re also happy to discuss part-remote or part-time arrangements if those are important for you.

We’re a small and very consultative team, which means that every member has a big influence on how things run and has a lot of control over the way they work.

The salary for this role is up to £40,000 per year. Our preferred start date is 1st June.

If this looks like your kind of a job, please contact us at team@mastodonc.com with a CV (and, if possible, recent code or project examples) and we’ll talk.

Please note that you need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position.

No agents please.

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