Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC248314
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24435 - £26560
Date Posted 07 February 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 March 2019
Interview Date 27 March 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 per annum to £26,560 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience and a specialist allowance of up to £3,000 may be payable for an exceptional candidate)
Grade: UKRI - Band C
Contract Type: 3 year fixed term appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10 March 2019
Interview Date: 27 March 2019

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Database Engineer/Developer to join our Informatics Science Directorate at our Keyworth headquarters. This is a great opportunity to develop not only your own career but support the role of data in a modern, forward thinking geological survey.

You will help build and maintain databases, many of which have a spatial and/or component, to deliver quality solutions that acquire, manage and deliver Geoscience data & 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.

Many of the projects worked on will be at the forefront of global efforts to address environmental challenges by combining scientific knowledge with emerging technologies. Several of our projects require collaboration with partners across the UK and beyond. You will be expected to participate in projects that require travel overseas, working in-country for periods of up to approximately two weeks at a time (primarily Europe, Africa, Asia and/or Middle East) and be excited by the prospect.

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.



  • undergraduate degree in relevant subject or equivalent work experience.



  • high level SQL skills in a range of RDBMs which should ideally include Oracle
  • experience in PL/SQL or other programming languages such as Python, PL/pgSQL, T-SQL or R.


  • work experience in a public sector (or commercial) environment
  • spatial and/or temporal data management.



  • knowledge of entity-relationship modelling for implementation within a relational database
  • experience of structured and unstructured databases
  • comfortable working in a range of operating system environments (Windows, UNIX, LINUX, Mac OS)
  • aptitude for gathering user requirements.


  • knowledge and/or experience of AGILE software development principles and supporting software development tools.

Skills and Abilities


  • good Communication skills – will be able to collaborate with various stakeholders, including users and other technical developers
  • must show potential to effectively manage multiple simultaneous tasks
  • can demonstrate problem solving ability
  • can work in a flexible manner and is adaptable to changing priorities
  • team spirited but is also able to work autonomously.

Personal Qualities


  • highly motivated and technically competent
  • approachable
  • alignment to BGS Core values
  • an enthusiastic learner, able to pick up new skills quickly
  • capable of travel and working overseas for periods of up to two weeks at a time (primarily Europe, Africa, Asia and/or Middle East) and excited by the prospect.



  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS.


  • enthusiasm for geology and the geosciences.

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:

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.

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