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Data Scientist Research Associate

School of Computing

Location:  Chatham
Salary:  £36,000 to £40,000 per annum
Grade:  Grade 6
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months
Release Date:  Tuesday 11 February 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 10 March 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  STM-094-19-R

We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD graduate (or close to completion) who will be responsible for the development and integration of machine learning models into Portafina’s workflow and data processing in order to increase efficiency, reduce timescales and enable the rapid scalability of a specialist pension advice firm targeting the “advice gap” mass market.

You will benefit from a generous training and personal development programme including the opportunity to gain a CMI management qualification. You will also be encouraged to attain membership of a professional organisation and funding support, if appropriate, may be available towards study for a higher degree.

You will be based at Portafina’s premises in Rochester and will work closely with the support and guidance of an academic team from the School of Computing, University of Kent.

As Data Scientist Research Associate you will:

  • Process, cleanse and verify the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Create a test suite to automate the evaluation of data analysis methods
  • Develop solutions to deliver data analytics-based insights

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • 2:1 in BSc in Computer Science, a PhD (or close to completion) in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Advanced, up-to-date knowledge of Computer Science and its applications
  • Familiarity with programming languages (e.g. Java, Python)

Portafina Investment Management Ltd is one of the fastest growing independent financial advice specialists in the UK. They have got there by introducing and refining processes throughout the business that are highly innovative in the sector; hiring great people and giving them an environment in which they can thrive. 

Operating in the so-called “advice gap”, Portafina use their efficient back-end processes and technology to provide professional advice to mass-market clients who have been ignored by the traditional financial advice firms. They now have the opportunity to scale the business. Financial advice has become a fast-moving industry at a time when Portafina is still in the exciting growth phase of business. New disruptive technology is emerging, people’s attitudes towards their savings and how they use them are changing, and the government has been playing with the regulations as well. All of these are opportunities to a business like Portafina.

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The School of Computing at Kent is a welcoming and supportive environment that has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We are a well-balanced, inclusive and diverse community that aims to further enhance our achievements and reputation in teaching, research and innovation.

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