BioSS Graduate Apprentice in Data Science – Junior Data Scientist

  • The James Hutton Institute
  • Edinburgh EH9, UK
  • 28/07/2022
Full time Data Science Big Data Statistics Biostatistics

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£19,770 a year
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Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) seeks a motivated individual to join our UK Variety Trials team based in our offices at the University of Edinburgh. This job will be undertaken as a Graduate Apprenticeship in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University. The post-holder will undergo external training and development through attendance at Heriot-Watt University one day per week over 4 years, in addition to internal training and development as a Junior Data Scientist at BioSS.

The primary purpose of the role is to provide support to the BioSS variety trials team in Edinburgh. This position provides a stimulating mix of roles, ranging from use of in-house software to generate reports from scientific data to maintenance of our variety trial web portal for clients. There will be the opportunity to work on projects in other areas that BioSS covers.

BioSS is a member of the SEFARI (Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes) collective (, and offers a stimulating working environment, with circa 45 staff and students at four locations, collaborating on applications in plant & crop science, animal health & welfare, environmental science & ecology, and nutrition & human health.

Main Purpose of Job

Statistical support to the BioSS UK Variety Trials team through processing of variety trial data.

Statistical, data science and coding projects

Main duties

Undertake training, both internally and externally through attending Heriot-Watt University one day per week, and learn the skills required to gain a Degree in Data Science under the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme.

Routine generation of plans for crop trials using our in-house software, and transmit these plans to trials officers (NB training will be provided for this and all variety trial responsibilities);

Routine analysis of trial data, compilation of reports, identification of issues, and transmitting to trials officers, trials coordinators and inspectors;

Recognise difficult issues that arise and pass these on senior colleagues;

Maintain our variety trial web portals for clients and contribute to development of our database-based software;

Act as point of contact for trials officers, trials inspectors, trials coordinators, funders and statistical colleagues at NIAB and AFBI;

Carry out ad hoc projects outside of the variety trials area.



Any of the following: SQA Highers at BBBB including Mathematics, plus Computing or similar;

A-Levels at BBC including Mathematics, plus Computing or similar;

Int. Baccalaureate 28 points;

SQA HNC in a computing/engineering discipline (or a suitable Modern Apprenticeship) with Engineering Mathematics 1 & 2 (or equivalent).

Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies/Software Development/Engineering in conjunction with SQA Highers at BBB including Mathematics

A combination of qualifications totalling 96 SCQF credits at level 6, or Minimum 106 UCAS points, including suitable Mathematics.

Advanced entry to second (or third year in extraordinary cases) may be possible if you possess more advanced prior learning or experience.

Each candidate will be assessed for entry individually and other forms of prior learning or experience will be considered if a candidate does not hold the exact qualifications listed here. All students who don't fully meet the mathematics entry requirements are given a diagnostic test to indicate the level of support needed.

Depending on the results of the diagnostic test, we may recommend the student to attend a Mathematics MasterClass designed to bring the student's mathematics competency up to a minimum standard for the programme.

In addition, candidates should be able to demonstrate: Demonstrable enthusiasm and initiative

Evidence of use of modern computer software

Evidence of good written and verbal communication


Relevant work experience

How to Apply

You must have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for this position.

Applications should be made via the recruitment pages of the Hutton Group, of which BioSS is part: please visit Please note that BioSS is the employer and the training provider is Heriot-Watt University.

The deadline for applications is 27 July 2022. Interviews are expected to be held at the beginning of August 2022.

For further information, please visit the BioSS vacancies page at Potential applicants may contact Tess Vernon () to discuss this position.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM, particularly women, BAME and LGBTQ .We encourage flexible working and are happy to discuss options at interview stage.

BioSS has been awarded Investors in People Gold Status and is formally part of The James Hutton Institute, a Scottish charity No. SC041796.

Job Type: Apprenticeship

Salary: £19,770.00 per year