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CERN scientist joins new Data Science Head at Sunderland Software Company

Sunderland-based Geek Talent, the world's first social network recruitment platform, have appointed a former CERN scientist and a senior data research associate to head-up the company's new data science team.

Geek Talent is the world's most powerful recruitment search engine which brings together information from across the web to profile professionals, rank their skills and show mutual connections using social media and other public data.

The company's patented software is being used by companies to head-hunt new staff and cut out the need for expensive and risky recruitment processes.

Dominic Searson has joined Geek Talent as the new Head of Data Science and will lead a team researching and developing innovative solutions around personal, skills, education and employment data as the company looks to roll-out and expand its current software.

Dominic joins the company from Newcastle University where he held a senior research associate position in machine learning and data mining in subject areas including cancer research, chemical kinetics, chaos theory, pharmaceutical drug screening and wearable technology.

Joining Dominic's team as a Data Scientist is Martin Wiebusch, a former research fellow at Durham University whose previous work has including the search for new elementary particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.

Dominic Murphy, Managing Director at Geek Talent said: "The recruitment of Dominic and Martin to the Geek Talent team represents a step forward in the development of the platform as we look to expand and grow the business.

"Geek Talent is already the most powerful people-centric recruitment platform for the Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths (STEM) sectors which allows non-recruitment experts to really understand and cross validate people's skills and experience rather than just relying on information on a CVs or references.
"The new data science function within the business will allow us to further mine the wealth of professional and skills data out there and research more innovative solutions to grow the current offering to employers across the globe."

The company, which was established in 2014, now employ 10 people at their Sunderland Software Centre base and have recently taken on apprentices Jhorona Ahmed and Caleb Dean, who joined the company from the Baltic IT Apprentice Hub.
Jhorona and Caleb are part of a team running a unique summer school project in which 15 college and school students are working alongside the Geek Talent team to design and launch a new service aimed at giving school and college graduates better access to job market information and opportunities using the Geek Talent System.

During the project the students will plan, design and build the UK's first peer-built student careers advice portal before launching it publically in September.

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "The fact that Geek Talent is not only attracting world-class talent to the city, but also that it is helping to retain skilled young people from Sunderland is fantastic news.

"Sunderland is home to some really fast-growing IT businesses and it is vital that they can attract and retain highly skilled, talented people to support their development.  Geek Talent's success in attracting such an accomplished team only serves to prove that Sunderland is becoming a recognised hub for this industry."