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Data Scientist

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Agency: Ministry of Defence - DXO
Job no.: 494206
Work type: Permanent, Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Others, Economics/Statistics, InfoComm, Technology, New Media Communications, Research and Analysis, Statistics

At the Ministry of Defence, our mission is to enhance Singapore's peace and security through deterrence and diplomacy, and should these fail, to secure a swift and decisive victory over the aggressor. Our Defence Executive Officers (DXOs), alongside their military counterparts, play critical roles in preserving Singapore's sovereignty and stability.

You conduct data science (DS) projects to enhance MINDEF/SAF’s decision-making in policy, operations and resource management. You apply DS concepts and techniques in the investigation of strategic and high-risk business problems, and produce insights and recommendations for MINDEF/SAF’s management and stakeholders. You are involved in all phases of the DS projects, from conceptualisation, data preparation, analysis and model development, to visualisation of insights and recommendations. On this, you adopt best practices with regard to data cleaning, preparation and analysis, constantly review the quality of results generated, and explore various concepts and techniques to improve technical accuracy and reliability of results. At each stage of the DS work, you highlight key deliverables and timelines to stakeholders, and manage expectations of the key outcomes.

Additionally, you collaborate with business domain experts, as well as technical counterparts from the wider MINDEF/SAF Community, GovTech and other public service agencies to co-create impactful and innovative DS solutions. Your challenge lies in understanding and explaining complex technical insights and the resulting recommendations to a wide range of audiences, from DS practitioners to senior MINDEF/SAF decision makers.

You must have a tertiary qualification in statistics, machine learning, computer science, operation research or a related quantitative discipline. Knowledge of cognitive psychology would be an advantage. You should preferably have 1 to 2 years’ work experience in a DS/analytics role and in the application of advanced DS techniques such as text analytics, data mining, clustering, machine learning, modeling and simulation. You should also have hands-on expertise in the use of at least one programming language (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, Java). Possession of good communication and interpersonal skills, and being curious, creative, organised and detail-oriented, are essential. Having knowledge of big data processing framework and tools (e.g. SQL, Spark, Hadoop, MapReduce), application development, web programming or visualisation tools (e.g. Qlik, Tableau) is advantageous.

(Candidates with no experience may apply.)


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