Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster
Reference Number IRC245534
Location Lancaster See on Map
Salary £30000
Date Posted 13 June 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 June 2018
Interview Date 13 July 2018

Brief Description

Salary: Circa £30,000 (Dependant on qualifications and experience)
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th June 2018
Interview Date: 13th July 2018

Main Duties:

This post will be based in the Environmental Data Science group at CEH Lancaster. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed application integration developer to build and maintain the applications and infrastructure required to support data dissemination and applications which showcase CEH internationally renowned environmental science.

You will work collaboratively to assess and make available new computational software systems (especially cloud and cluster-based data processing) to ensure CEH application developers can take advantage of new capabilities for cloud-based data analytics systems (e.g. Spark-based parallel data processing within data labs) or large-scale gridded data processing and delivery systems (e.g. Terabyte scale data services). You will deploy and operate these applications and systems using automated tools and techniques.

You will have the opportunity to exploit the JASMIN high performance computing and data analysis platform that has received £13M of NERC investment for development of environmental computing.

In addition, you will be working with the group and other science staff to identify and develop new opportunities to facilitate further delivery of CEH’s science strategy.

Key activities include:

  • development of innovative ways to automate and streamline our data delivery and data integration systems
  • work with corporate IT to help unify software development and software operations
  • working closely with scientists to identify and develop new tools for delivery of their science, including explaining technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • collaborate with the team and contribute to innovative technical solutions to meet scientists and EIDC requirements.

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 Required:

  • strong background in Linux/Unix Administration
  • proven skills in automation/configuration management using either Puppet, Ansible or an equivalent
  • ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and cloud services
  • knowledge of infrastructure as code tools like Terraform or Cloud Formation
  • knowledge of containerisation and virtualisation systems such as Docker or Vagrant
  • a working understanding of code and script, e.g.. PHP, Python, Bash or equivalent
  • knowledge of best practices and IT operations in an always-up, always-available service
  • proven skills in using version control e.g. Git, SVN or Mercurial
  • ability to work collaboratively in a team
  • resolves everyday problems unaided but seeks advice when appropriate
  • able to work independently with minimal supervision, communicating with line management when appropriate
  • organises own work to meet agreed deadlines.

Appropriate training will be provided in a number of areas to assist the appointed person to increase their knowledge and maintain skills in the latest technologies.

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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