Data Planning & Analytics PhD Scholarship 2015

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Job Summary

Reference RI0092
Location Channel 4 HQ - 124 Horseferry Road SW1P 2TX
Salary Salary depending on experience 
Allowances PHD paid in full
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 05 January 2015 at Midnight

What’s the Hadoop stack got to do with Gogglebox?

Data science is changing the face of TV


An opportunity to work with cutting-edge data science technologies while carrying
out pioneering research at
University College London.


This five-year scholarship programme is giving two graduates the opportunity to study for a PhD in Statistics at UCL, fully funded by Channel 4. At the same time, a salaried role with Channel 4’s Data Planning and Analytics team will provide practical real-world experience. Right now the team’s cutting-edge projects include working with the Hadoop stack, developing in R and Python, machine learning algorithms and data mining toolkits. Special consideration will be given to PhD candidates with research interests that may yield practical applications for Channel 4 but UCL and the PhD student will independently agree the thesis topic and title.


The PhD at UCL

The primary affiliation of the PhD student will be with the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. This department has active research in many areas. For a full list of faculty and research interests, please visit The research topics for the PhD will be agreed with the supervisior and department head at UCL.


Data Planning and Analytics at Channel 4

We’re passionate about data and unlocking its value. We apply advanced analytics techniques, machine learning and artificial intelligence to better understand our audiences. That way, we can build stronger relationships with them and shape our
future programming around their behaviours and preferences.

It’s a pioneering approach; applying analytics in the broadcast industry at this scale has never been done before. So you’ll be part of a team that’s helping to reshape the media landscape – and ensuring that Channel 4 is at the forefront of the evolving world of connected


What will you be involved in?

It’s a fast-paced industry, so things are changing all the time. Principally though, you will be contributing to large-scale projects across any number of areas – like employing data visualisation to map the content universe. We can then answer questions like “which other shows would a male Made in Chelsea viewer be interested in?”


The future

There will be opportunities to progress within Channel 4 – and potentially to fast-track to a more senior leadership role. Alternatively, you may choose to use the experience and knowledge you’ve gained to build an academic career.


What are we looking for?

It goes without saying that you’ll share our passion for data. You be equally fascinated what we can learn from it. For qualifications, you’ll need a 1st class or high upper 2nd class BSc degree* or an MSc with Merit or Distinction in mathematics, statistics, computer science or a related quantitative discipline. Ideally you should also bring some practical experience gained in a commercial setting.


Our commitment to diversity doesn’t end with our programming.





Full Role Description

Register your interest by 15th December 2014

Closing date for completed applications: 5th January 2015.


Further information

Celebrating diversity is at the heart of Channel 4's purpose both on-screen and off-screen. Being different is therefore at our core - and we know that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds encourages our workforce to be vibrant, creative and think differently. Our goal is also to be truly reflective of the makeup of society and we actively recruit from groups that are under-represented in the media sector. So we welcome difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

We have won awards from Stonewall for our work on screen and in the workplace, we are a member of the Business Disability Forum, and we are signed up as a Disability Confident employer with the Department of Work & Pensions. Channel 4 also won the company National Diversity Award - 2016. At the end of 2016 Channel 4 was awarded the National Equality Standard by EY, the only company ever to be placed at the highest level 'Institutionlised Inclusion'.

We understand that disabled people might have concerns about being discriminated against if they declare their disability when applying for a job. If that's you then don't worry - we will judge you on your abilities and fit against the job description. We are happy to discuss with you any adjustments you need to give you a level playing field during recruitment and then, if you're made an offer, we can then discuss with you the adjustments you might need to get on with the job and develop your career. Furthermore we can offer a guaranteed interview to any disabled applicant who meets the essential skills or experience listed above.

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