Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Reference Number IRC247637
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £30000 - £35000
Date Posted 29 November 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 January 2019
Interview Date 22 January 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £30,000 - 35,000. The salary range between £32,000- £35,000 will be considered for successful candidates offering exceptional skills.
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 7th January 2019
Interview Date: 22nd January 2019

You will work within the JULES team, which supports and enables collaborative work across the research and academic community to address important science questions in the fields of hydrology, land-atmosphere feedbacks, carbon and nutrient cycles, data science and integration with novel instrumentation and Earth Observation Technologies. You will also work closely with the Met Office and universities to support the UK-wide academic community in the use of the JULES model.

In this role you will be a technical expert within the JULES community, developing and supporting the infrastructure needed to provide the code, configurations and documentation to users.

You will work closely with the scientists who are using and developing the JULES model. Specifically you will:

  • develop systems to support the development and provision of model configurations across model release cycles
  • provide technical development of evaluation and benchmarking tools and ensure these are integrated into standard workflows, as part of ongoing international activities
  • provide technical support for the use of JULES by the academic community, particularly on supported platforms such as JASMIN and other HPC
  • develop online documentation of all aspects of the modelling system
  • develop and maintain content on the JULES website
  • contribute to the development and delivery of training.

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.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • a PhD or skills and knowledge to a PhD level
  • proven skills in the development of scientific software, as shown by successful delivery of new software for personal or community use
  • proven skills in scripting in high-level languages (e.g. Python, Bash)
  • a track record of producing high-quality work of the highest standards and to tight deadlines
  • an aptitude for and experience of working in an interdisciplinary research team; excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • able to take a lead in proposing and implementing technical developments
  • knowledge of high-performance computing platforms.


  • degree (at least 2.1) in a relevant subject
  • knowledge of environmental modelling, application and evaluation
  • skills in developing high quality documentation
  • skills in developing and delivering training.

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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CEH Application Form

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