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Intern Data Scientist

About Sparx

Here at Sparx we're using a scientific and research-based approach that takes the guesswork out of education. Through data and real-world classroom observation, we're investigating what makes the best learning experience in order to improve educational outcomes for students, today and tomorrow.

Our platform for Maths uses custom-built content and a powerful, data-driven web and mobile framework to deliver a tailored set of exercises, games and incentives that are redefining the limits of what young people can achieve.

We’re looking for people with a real passion for education and a belief in the power of technology to improve it; people who want a challenge and people who want to make a difference.

Job description

Being an intern at Sparx isn’t about taking a back seat. Our interns are bright, motivated and integral members of the team. Drawing on your own experience of learning, your insights will have real impact. You’ll be getting involved at the heart of our research into what works (and what doesn’t) in the field of education.

As a Data Scientist Intern, you’ll be using your deep knowledge of Maths and Statistics, along with your inquisitive mind, to help us investigate the learning process. We have a huge amount of classroom-generated data and you’ll get to put it through its paces. You’ll perform rigorous statistical evaluation to analyse the bigger picture, and provide actionable solutions, to guide product development and offer insights for teachers. You’ll produce compelling visualisations, displaying data in appropriate formats for scientists and non-scientists to understand and use.

About you

You’ll be able to demonstrate a scientific, evidence-based approach to working. Your extraordinary attention to detail, and pride in what we’re creating, means your standards are always high. Things move quickly at Sparx so you’ll be able to work under pressure, get going of your own accord and use your initiative to get things done. You’ll be able to work at speed without compromising on accuracy and be able to work as part of a team. You’re an excellent communicator, listener, organiser and someone that enjoys building relationships. You’re also resilient, tenacious and open to feedback.

You may have already graduated or be in your penultimate year of study, expecting to graduate in 2018. Therefore you’ll have (or be expecting to get) at least a 2:1 degree in Maths, Statistics, Operational Research or any other technical and numerate subject. You’ll also need some experience of using R, SAS, SPSS, Matlab or SQL.

Our team

We’re about living life, not putting it on hold. Our generous benefits include substantial holiday leave and the chance to join our company pension. We have a range of on-site facilities for all employees to use free of charge. On site we have a netball court, a five-a-side football pitch, a running track, a pool table, an Olympic table tennis table, as well as an on-site gym with classes throughout the day. Our café serves delicious, local organic food. Did we mention it’s all free? On top of this you’ll have great views from your office window of the foothills of Dartmoor and boats out at sea on the horizon, with the beach just 20 minutes away. Plus, we’re constantly organising events and activities to support our charities, and to socialise. Our work is serious but we’re all about having fun while we do it!

To find out more, and to see the other roles we are recruiting for, please visit our website.

How to apply

If you think you’ve got what it takes then tell us about yourself by applying now. 

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