Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246468
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 31 August 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. To find out more about STFC please watch one of our videos:

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA, http:/ is looking for an Graduate Environmental Data Scientist. CEDA holds over 6 Petabytes of climate and environmental data and runs infrastructure and services to support UK scientists. CEDA is funded to support the research community by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and in particular, two of its research centres, NCAS (National Centre for Atmospheric Science) and NCEO (National Centre for Earth Observation).

At CEDA, you will join a team providing environmental data and associated services to the UK academic community. Scientists in our user community need access to large and up-to-date datasets which they can process, analyse and combine with other data on our infrastructure. They also deposit their own datasets in our archives for long term preservation and dissemination to other users. You will help to ensure that we hold local copies of a number of key Earth observation and climate datasets required by our science users, and support scientists who wish to archive their datasets with CEDA.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities:

You will act as an Assistant Data Scientist. Your primary responsibilities will be in the data management of diverse earth observation and climate datasets to support NERC funded environmental science. New data will be sourced from external data providers, e.g. NASA, ESA, NOAA, EUMETSAT, as well as products derived from NERC funded science. Your will be required to:

  • liaise with data suppliers and data users as necessary
  • coordinate and timetable data acquisition activities, including automated ingestion and quality checks on new data arrivals
  • describe and document new data products and the activities and instruments that produce them
  • establish and document format and version details
  • present activities and progress at relevant UK and European science meetings

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 Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.


  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • degree in environmental or atmospheric sciences, computing or geography (S)
  • interest in, and enthusiasm for, climate, environment or earth observation science (S&I)
  • excellent written and oral communication skills (S&I)
  • an effective team player capable of working with staff at all levels (I)
  • ability to work independently (I)
  • strong computer literacy skills (I)


  • experience of earth observation and/or meteorological/ environmental data (S&I)
  • background knowledge in earth observation and remote sensing by satellites (S&I)
  • understand the benefits and challenges around sound data management (I)
  • computing skills including exposure to LINUX/UNIX operating systems and programming/scripting skills (preferably python) (S&I)
  • some inventiveness and problem solving skills (I)
  • manages own time effectively (I)
  • ability to multi-task (I)
  • can travel in the UK or overseas involving overnight stays (I)
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society.
  • you’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme.
  • every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.
  • providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase. How to apply

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The closing date for this vacancy is 28th October 2018. The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

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