Data Scientist – Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation


Trilateral Research is a UK and IE-based enterprise, founded in 2004. Our team collaborates across social sciences and technology development to bring insights from each into supporting data-driven innovation. We provide research, advisory (e.g., policy) and technology development services to private and public-sector organisations.

We are currently recruiting for the STRIAD (Strategic and Tactical Risk Identification and Assessment for Data-driven decision-making) team. The candidate should have a sound understanding of data science, including a thorough understanding of the methods and various approaches to problem-solving (predictive analytics, machine learning, prescriptive analytics). The candidate should have broad experience with a wide array of frameworks and systems, databases and programming languages, with excellent knowledge of Python in particular, and a good understanding of cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services. The candidate will, through data collection, predictive analytics and the development of machine learning solutions, principally contribute to two UK government funded projects. One project aims to understand and tackle modern slavery, human trafficking, conflict and climate change driven migration in partnership with the UK Military, and the other aims to safeguard children from sexual exploitation, gang violence and the drug trade in partnership with a UK Police Force. The post-holder will be expected to liaise with project partners and clients in the private and public sector, both in the UK and internationally, and to deliver products, research, technical proposals and reports in a collaborative and supportive research-intensive environment in which short and demanding deadlines are frequent.


Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Data management: collection, curation, cleaning, analysis, presentation/visualisation.
  • Gathering user requirements and building predictive analytics models.
  • Designing/deploying cloud-based machine learning solutions for public and private clients.
  • Writing technical reports, documentation, deliverables and content for proposals.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary social-tech environment and respecting social, data ethics, data privacy and algorithmic transparency issues.
  • Writing content for peer-reviewed journal articles, blogs and online media.
  • Attending and/or presenting at national/international conferences and workshops.

Qualifications and skills:

  • PhD in Computer Science (or a related field, e.g Physics) or equivalent years of experience.
  • Deep understanding of the theoretical grounds of machine learning.
  • Strong command of Python (sklearn, pandas, numpy, matplotlib, NLTK, Keras etc.)
  • Knowledge of cloud platforms for the deployment of machine learning solutions.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines whilst maintaining quality.
  • Experience of working with end-users and good client engagement skills.


Security Vetting Clearance

The successful candidate will be expected to undergo a pre-employment security vetting which may take 6 weeks to be completed.


In return, you get …

  • A competitive salary
  • Flexible working hours / remote working options
  • A supportive and friendly team
  • An opportunity to shape and inform innovation in this arena


Location: UK, remote working options

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term or Permanent


We are an Equal Opportunities employer and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates, regardless of their age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We are a Disability Confident committed and Living Wage employer.


To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to by 8 September 2019. All applications should be marked specifically as “Data Scientist”. We will process on a rolling basis and earlier candidates will be considered first.



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