Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford
Reference Number IRC246051
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £22224 - £25000
Date Posted 25 July 2018
Grade NERC-7 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 August 2018
Interview Date 11 September 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £22,000-£25,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: 7
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th August 2018
Interview Date: 11th September 2018

This post will be within a team of data scientists, analysts and software developers working to manage data for environmental science and to enable its use by scientists within CEH and externally.

We are seeking a suitable applicant to work on data management and analysis systems. You will undergo an extensive training programme and undertake project work to help develop systems for producing environmental information from sensors measuring in the field and existing monitoring data. Such work underpins CEH’s water resources science and, by making data available over the web to a range of end users, supports the UK and global science community. The main focus will be on the development and maintenance of the COSMOS-UK soil moisture monitoring data systems and the new COSMOS-India network, as well as derivation of UK rainfall datasets to underpin hydrological modelling. The post will be based at CEH's Wallingford site, working within the Water Resources Systems Group.

You will develop your skills in programming, analysis and hydrological science and apply these skills in setting up and managing systems for handling data, integrating data with Earth Observation products and assisting scientists in a wide range of disciplines to analyse the data.

Main duties:

  • writing code to manage and analyse environmental data
  • production of databases for environmental data
  • developing and maintaining systems for capturing and managing sensor data, such as from the COSMOS-UK soil moisture monitoring network
  • working with scientists to produce datasets and analyses.

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

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

Skills and qualifications required on appointment

  • degree level qualified to at least 2.1 level, ideally within a scientific or numerate subject with some element/modules of computing
  • interest in informatics and its use within environmental sciences
  • some knowledge of and interest in hydrological science
  • understanding of best practice in IT and data management
  • good communication and teamwork skills.

Training and skills to be gained in summary

At the end of the 3-year training programme, you will have gained in depth training in database development and management, programming in Python and R, application and analysis of a range of environmental datasets (rainfall, climate, river flow, earth observation). You will have had the opportunity to participate in and contribute to a wide range of projects supporting the delivery of CEH science objectives.

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.

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

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