Data and Software Support Technician

University of Portsmouth - Faculty of Technology - Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

An opportunity has arisen to join the Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation (ICG) as a Data and Software Support Technician, to support our world-class research programme.  The post will help further develop our scientific computing environment, support ICG scientists in the exploitation of research software tools, provide programming assistance and help manage ICG astrophysical databases and websites. The holder will also have opportunities to contribute collaboratively to the research and impact activities of the ICG.

The post is for two years with the possibility of an extension dependent on funding, starting on 1st February 2017 or as soon as possible after this date.

The ideal candidate will be pro-active and flexible with excellent communication and problem-solving skills, enabling them to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with others.  A high level of planning and organisational skills are essential, together with a track record of working to deadlines.

The ICG consists of 12 academic staff, 24 postdoctoral researchers and over 25 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV) and Dark Energy Survey, and recently the Large Synpotic Survey Telescope (LSST) with involvement in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and other major international collaborations, including ESA’s Euclid satellite mission and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3702-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

For informal enquiries about this role please contact  or phone +44 (0)23 9284 5151.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research statement) should be submitted via the online application system at by the closing date.  Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to, to arrive by the same date. It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s online application system.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The ICG and the University of Portsmouth both hold an Athena SWAN bronze award and is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):


South East England