Junior Data Analyst, Plantwise


Wallingford, Oxfordshire
£23,000 - £27,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.cabi.org/careers hr@cabi.org 01491 829407 HR team

Reference: CABI/0048

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Purpose of the role:

The Plantwise programme has collected a large amount of data on plant pest and disease occurence from its operations, most notably its plant clinics. Greater emphasis is now being put on its use and reuse in a range of contexts, within CABI, in national systems and among partners. Data assets of Plantwise are a strategic programmatic concern and there is a need to improve the quality of insights gained from them. We are looking for an early-career scientist with biology or agriculture background and strong data skills, who can help us collate, validate, manipulate, analyse, store and link large and complex datasets and provide quality assurance to these processes. Some experience in both geospatial data and analytics will be required especially in relation to trade, weather and demographic data.

While the focus of the role is primarily on Plantiwse, the Knowledge Management & Data Team have a number of data-focused projects, and there may be opportunities to get involved in other areas.

Key accountabilities:

  • Sourcing third party datasets that add value to Plantwise data, inventorising assets and processing permissions, assessing ownership rights to reuse data    
  • Processing, checking, refining and analysing big and complex datasets from Plantwise and its partners    
  • Support to Geospatial Data Analyst and others on data science initiatives within Plantwise,including:    
  • Applying machine learning to clean plant clinic data and extracting insights from natural language text    
  • Applying statistical methods to anonymize and aggregate plant clinic data in preparation for publishing    
  • Spatial modelling and GIS analysis    
  • Using Plantwise clinic data in data modelling    
  • Support to development of data management procedures and tools to facilitate collaboration within CABI and broader research communities.    
  • Support Plantwise scientists and development professionals to produce high quality,reusable, FAIR, and where necessary open data from their activities.    
  • Collaboration in writing scientific publications including emphasis on data publications.

We are seeking a curious and enthusiastic individual with strong data skills to provide support for advancing data science work within Plantwise. 

Knowledge & Skills

  • Data analysis, vizualisation, and reporting    
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical programming language, such as R or Python    
  • Good GIS skills: geospatial analyses and cartography    
  • Knowledge of biological, agricultural, environmental datasets and relevant statistical methods in these fields    
  • Knowledge of relational databases and skills in administering, transforming and manipulating large datasets    
  • Knowledge of good data management practices, scientific data standards and FAIR data principles    
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite of packages.    
  • Fluent in English    
  • Excellent written communication skills.


  • Knowledge of data preprocessing for machine learning


  • Project and operational experience within a complex and information rich environment, working with large and complex datasets, managing different data types and standards across a range of subject domains    
  • Experience in GIS and its application in scientific research and development projects    
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and delivering outputs for technical and non-technical audiences

Personal Characteristics

  • Investigative and analytical with a willingness to embrace new approaches and technology    
  • Accurate; attention to detail and quality    
  • A team player with good interpersonal and communication skills;    
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently;    
  • Capacity to handle a demanding workload;    
  • Willingness to travel both in the UK and worldwide;    
  • Good personal organisational and problem solving skills;

This is initially a 12 month fixed term appointment with the option for extension.

For full details and to apply, please visit www.cabi.org/careers

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