Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh
Reference Number IRC243356
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £22224
Date Posted 16 November 2017
Grade NERC-7 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 January 2018
Interview Date 30 January 2018

Salary: £22,224
Grade: 7
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 7th January 2018
Interview Date: 30th January 2018

About the role

We offer an outstanding Research Associate training programme to develop skilled UK/EU scientists for the future of European environmental research. The 3-year training programme offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within our active research projects, within Nitrogen and Integrated Assessment, whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills valuable for your future career. Each Research Associate will deliver specific, measurable objectives intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

Description of work area

As part of CEH’s Science Strategy “Meeting the Challenges of Environmental Change”, a core work area is to determine risks of exposure of humans and ecosystems and identify strategies and measures to mitigate impacts of pollution and environmental change. A key part of CEH’s role is to promote the delivery of its science through the provision of knowledge systems and online tools to help policy-makers, regulators, industry and other stakeholders better understand and respond to environmental change.

Description of specific work to be undertaken and skills to be gained

  • the primary focus will be to gain a wide range of skills required for processing data, programming online tools and applications, creating and maintaining databases and developing linked data systems, and developing websites using a Content Management System approach (e.g. Drupal).
  • throughout the training programme you will be part of a team and will apply newly acquired skills using real data and live websites such as for the international UN-funded project ‘Towards INMS (International Nitrogen Management System)’ and the World Meteorological Organisation Global Atmospheric Watch (WMO-GAW) station, Auchencorth Moss.

Skills and qualifications required on appointment

  • you will have a scientific background with strong IT skills (or vice-versa), e.g. in environmental science, environmental informatics or information systems
  • you should hold a 2:1  degree (BSc or MSc (preferable)) or equivalent
  • you must have excellent attention to detail, a methodical approach to problem solving, and a good degree of numeracy and computer literacy
  • some experience with programming and/or database tools
  • demonstrated previous experience of working with scientific datasets or website development
  • effective team working is essential with the ability to work independently when required is desirable.  You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person with good organisational and interpersonal skills.

Training and skills to be gained in summary

  • web development and programming for the Internet, including mobile app development, content management systems and web services (e.g. PHP, JavaScript, R shiny).
  • controlled vocabulary and ontologies and develop and use linked data
  • cataloguing datasets and preparing datasets for ingestion to the CEH Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC)
  • various spatial data and non-spatial manipulation tools (e.g. Python, R, FME, ArcGIS)
  • visualisation of spatial data for the web (e.g. WMS, Google Maps)
  • database development (e.g. ORACLE, MySQL), testing and administration
  • producing graphs, tables and reports and contributing to scientific papers.
Towards the end of the Research Associate traineeship consideration is given to availability of open ended employment opportunities with CEH We have successfully appointed most of our recent Research Associates to open ended roles.

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Further information regarding working for CEH can be found on our website.

It is CEH policy to use an online application form (link below), please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page.

CEH Application Form

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact UK Shared Business Services Ltd by telephone on 01793 867000.