Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC252333
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 20 December 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 January 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience and a specialist allowance may be payable for an exceptional candidate)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st January 2020
Interview Date: Early March 2020

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated GIS Developer with proven GIS experience and a passion for spatial data and spatial application development to join our Digital Team.

We would like you to play a leading role in helping us to advance our GIS Server infrastructure, publish/maintain GIS data services and build web based map viewers to 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 and development and the following of industry best practice from inception to delivery.

You will also have the opportunity to communicate your work and the work of the Digital Team through conference presentations, attendance at workshops and through written papers.

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.

We would also encourage applications from less experienced candidates with a desire to develop the required skills criteria – albeit at a more junior level than the advertised salary.

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 (S) and Interview (I) Criteria



  • Relevant undergraduate degree and/or equivalent work experience. (S&I)


  • Relevant postgraduate qualification. (S&I)



  • Minimum of two years relevant work experience since undergraduate degree or equivalent (S&I)
  • Experience of ESRI desktop GIS applications e.g. ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro (S&I)
  • Proven web development skills building spatial applications (S&I)
  • Experience of ArcGIS Server for creating map services. (S&I)


  • Experience of desktop GIS analysis (S&I)
  • Experience of desktop GIS application development (S&I)
  • Background in geoscience or similar. (S&I)



  • Knowledge of ESRI’s ArcGIS API for JavaScript (S&I)
  • Demonstrates an understanding and practical application of key concepts in spatial application development such as working with large spatial and temporal datasets, and spatial reference systems. (S&I)


  • Knowledge of ArcGIS Online (S&I)
  • Knowledge of GIS scripting languages e.g. Python (S&I)
  • Knowledge of JavaScript Frameworks e.g. Angular. (S&I)

Skills and Abilities


  • Must show evidence of being keen and able to learn new concepts and technologies relating to development, spatial data delivery, processing and visualisation – must be able to do this both quickly and independently. (S&I)

Personal Qualities


  • Must demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills and be able to communicate effectively with both junior and senior members of staff (S&I)
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work well in a team. (S&I)



  • Demonstrates a genuine interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI (S&I)
  • Displays enthusiasm for GIS and GIS development work. (I)

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:

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