Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC246893
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 26 September 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 16 October 2018
Interview Date 25 October 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 to £32,997 (depending on qualifications and experience and a specialist allowance of up to £5,000 may be payable for an exceptional candidate)
Grade: UKRI - Band D
Contract Type: This post will be offered either as a fixed term appointment until March 2020 or as a permanent appointment, subject to operational requirements
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 16th October 2018
Interview Date: 25th October 2018

Primary Tasks:

  • we have an opportunity for a talented motivated Java Developer with proven experience and a passion for coding to join our Informatics Science Directorate
  • 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 will gain exposure to a variety of modern technologies, development-environments and information-architectures, all within an agile culture that encourages learning & 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
  • you will be expected to participate in projects that require travel overseas, working in-country for periods of up to two to three weeks at a time.

Other Tasks:

  • take a forward look and influence the advancement of BGS Informatics’ technical capabilities and working practices
  • engage with initiating a step change in the use of DevOps within the BGS development team.

Additional Information:

This position will be based in either Keyworth, Nottingham or The Lyell Centre, Edinburgh.

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 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.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



  • undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience.



  • proven competency in Java programming (including Java 8+), likely to have been gained through substantial commercial experience
  • demonstrable IT/IS development skills across a range of other development languages such as HTML, JavaScript, SQL, PHP and JVM languages such as Kotlin
  • up to date with current thinking in software development practices.


  • 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 demonstrate ability to take a forward look and influence the advancement of BGS Informatics’ technical capabilities and working practices
  • 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.


  • must show potential to effectively manage own time and workload in a flexible manner.

Skills and Abilities


  • passion for coding and recognises the value of code quality and best practices within software engineering
  • capable of travel and working overseas for periods of up to two to three weeks at a time (primarily Europe, Africa, Asia and/or Middle East) and excited by the prospect.

Personal Qualities


  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS
  • demonstrates curiosity, an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development and a drive to resolve scientific problems through IT solutions.


  • background in geoscience.

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.

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