NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245198
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £37947
Date Posted 08 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 May 2018
Interview Date 07 June 2018




Brief Description


Salary: £30,357 to £37,947 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI - Band D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31st March 2020)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th May 2018

We have an opportunity for a talented motivated Java Developer with proven experience and a passion for coding to join our Informatics department. We would like you to play a leading role in helping us build and maintain software solutions that acquire, manage and deliver Geoscience data and information to a variety of stakeholders.

You’ll gain exposure to a variety of modern technologies, development-environments and information-architectures, all within an agile culture that encourages learning and development and the following of industry best-practice from inception to delivery.

Several of our software development projects require collaboration with partners across the UK and beyond, creating information systems to support scientific research, or developing geoscience software for commercial customers. There may be opportunity for you to participate in such projects and travel overseas depending on the nature of our active projects during the appointment term.

Primary Tasks

  • participate in software development teams to create applications and systems to acquire, manage and deliver geoscience data and information using a range of development environments and technologies, built upon a variety of information architectures
  • improve the maintainability of the BGS codebase through the application of coding standards and documentation
  • review BGS legacy applications and migrate to newer technologies in line with current industry trends and BGS developer pool skills base as appropriate.

Other Tasks

  • engage with initiating a step change in the use of DevOps within the BGS development team
  • engage with performance and process improvements within the Informatics Directorate.

Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

Essential: 

  • undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • proven competency in Java programming (including Java 8), likely to have been gained through some commercial experience
  • demonstrable IT/IS development skills across a range of other development languages such as HTML, JavaScript, SQL
  • must be able to communicate effectively (written and orally) with other staff, scientists and developers
  • must demonstrate the ability to work well in a team
  • ability to work independently in a technical environment
  • has a passion for coding, and recognises the value of code quality and best practices within software engineering
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems through IT solutions.

Desirable:

  • knowledge and experience of all components of the software development life cycle
  • an understanding of object oriented analysis and design
  • experience working with spatial data
  • experience and knowledge of DevOps technologies and methodologies
  • must show potential to effectively manage own time and workload in a flexible manner
  • willingness to travel and work overseas for short periods of time (weeks)
  • background in geoscience
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. 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. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

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.

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