Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Reference Number IRC246970
Location Lancaster See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30000
Date Posted 08 October 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2018
Interview Date 19 November 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £28,200-£30,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th October 2018
Interview Date: 19th November 2018


About the role:

This post will contribute to development of new data science capabilities supporting environmental scientists to detect environmental change and understand underlying process. This data science research and development will take place within multidisciplinary research teams across CEH and with close links to the Lancaster Data Science Institute ( The post will sit within the Environmental Data Science group at CEH Lancaster. The group has strong skills in developing tools and techniques for data management, integration and analysis to support environmental science and lead operation of the NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.

This role provides an exciting opportunity to support the CEH Science Strategy through developing new data science capabilities for analysis and interpretation of data, and to design and implement systems to enable integrated storage, processing and exploitation of CEH scientific data resources.

As a CEH Research Associate, you would have the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring – through a structured 3 year programme – specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

Main duties:

  • to research and develop data science tools and techniques especially for data interoperability and integrated analysis e.g. for heterogeneous data from integrated environmental monitoring and modelling activities
  • to develop informatics capabilities to support CEH Science e.g. using big data analytics
  • to collaborate with other NERC data centres and other external groups on data infrastructures, standards, techniques, methods and tools
  • to collaborate with researchers within data intensive projects to produce new and innovative methods and tools for environmental science.

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 knowledge required on appointment:

  • a degree level qualification (2.1 minimum) in a computational and/or numerical science discipline and either a PhD or MSc and post-degree experience in automated data systems development
  • knowledge and demonstrable skills in design and development of automated data synthesis and analysis pipelines, preferably within scientific research
  • ability to work effectively within an informatics team and communicate technical concepts to environmental scientists
  • ability to initiate new ideas and collaborations with scientists to address environmental data science requirements
  • ability to work independently to meet project targets and deadlines
  • ability to process and transform data using scripting languages such as Python
  • knowledge of computational techniques for data analysis such as machine learning.                                                                  

Skills and knowledge provided by CEH during the appointment:

  • practical application of data science skills to environmental science problems such as big data analytics, sensor networks, integrated modelling platforms within a cloud computing environment
  • experience of bringing together data, models and analytical tools within virtual research environments
  • construction of automated analysis pipelines for real-time mapping of environmental phenomena
  • experience of implementation of distributed environmental sensor networks and associate data validation and management
  • planning, delivery and outreach environmental data science projects.

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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