NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC247479
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 14 November 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 December 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £30,357 per annum to £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience and a specialist allowance of up to £5,000 maybe payable for an exceptional candidate)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: The 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
Location: Keyworth, Nottingham or Lyell Centre, Edinburgh
Closing Date: 19th December 2018

 

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally.  It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people.  It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

About the role

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’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. 

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.


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.

 

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Qualifications:

Essential

  • undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience.

Experience:

Essential

  • proven competency in Java programming (including Java 8+), likely to have been gained through a minimum of 2+ years of 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.

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.

Knowledge:

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

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

Skills and abilities:

Essential

  • has a 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:

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

  • background in geoscience.

Motivation:

Essential

  • undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience.

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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

Additional Details

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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