Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster
Reference Number IRC245547
Location Lancaster See on Map
Salary £28000 - £30000
Date Posted 13 June 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 08 July 2018
Interview Date 23 July 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £28,000 - £30,000
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 8th July 2018
Interview Date: 23rd July 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to work with researchers in CEH  in collaboration with the Lancaster Data Science Institute to investigate new technologies and provide solutions across a number of data driven research challenges such as the EPSRC project “Data Science of the Natural Environment”

The post will sit within the Environmental Data Science group at CEH Lancaster, which works on a range of projects mainly within the CEH Environmental Informatics area. 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.

You will have access to CEH’s learning and development programme and close links to the newly created Lancaster Data Science Institute at the Lancaster University campus (

Key purpose of role:

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

This post will contribute to development of new data science capabilities to understand environmental change and underlying processes through implementation of new data intensive techniques. This research and development will take place within multidisciplinary research teams across CEH and with the Lancaster Data Science Institute

Main duties of role:

  • 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 activities
  • to develop informatics capabilities to support CEH Science e.g. using big data analytics
  • to collaborate with other NERC data centres and other 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.

Main skills for the role:


  • 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 R/Python
  • knowledge of computational techniques for data analysis such as machine learning
  • educated to degree level in a computational and/or numerical science and either a PhD or MSc and/or post-degree experience in automated data systems development or equivalent
  • you will need knowledge and demonstrable skills in design and development of automated data synthesis and analysis pipelines preferably within scientific research
  • knowledge of international data standards relating to geo spatial data is desirable. Understanding of ontology and vocabulary development.


  • knowledge of sematic techniques and linked data formats for manipulation of data within triple stores (e.g. using SPARQL).

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.

It is CEH policy to use an online application form (link below), please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page.

CEH Application Form

If you have not already logged into iRecruitment (including as a current employee); you will be re-directed to the login/register page by clicking the ‘apply now” button.

If you don’t have an account with us by choosing to register; you consent to UK SBS processing the information you provide as part of the Recruitment Service. You can select appropriate job alerts and notifications as part of your account preferences, and you are able to close your account (withdraw consent) should you wish to do so.  Before starting your online application and inputting your personal details, please read our Privacy Notice which contains full details of how your information is processed once you have made an application.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.