Web Systems Developer – Cambridge

British Antarctic Survey

Duration: Fixed-Term Appointment (15 Months)
Team: Polar Data Centre
Closing date: 3 January, 2017 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic web systems developer to contribute to the development of our web-based data portal for providing discovery and access tools to a wide variety of environmental datasets created as part of the NERC Arctic Research Programme (see http://arp.arctic.ac.uk/).

This role would suit a recent graduate or early career software developer looking for a distinctive job that will make you stand out from the crowd. You will join a small team of web developers and data scientists who are passionate about providing open access to environmental data collected in the polar regions. This is a role where you will be making a real difference and the unique datasets that you expose will be reused by a wide variety of stakeholders both nationally and internationally.

In terms of your skills, you should have prior experience in client-side and server-side development of web-based data systems. Specifically, you should have experience with PHP and JavaScript frameworks and be able to create responsive websites that will operate on a variety of devices. Experience in working with relational databases is essential while knowledge of spatial database extensions such as PostGIS is highly desirable. You should have experience of working in a team of developers, have a sound knowledge of software development practices, and be able to listen to, and communicate well, with end-users.

Further background information on the team and tools we use can be found at https://www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/working-for-bas/vacancies/web-systems-developer-background-technical-information/.


To assist in the creation of several web-based data portals that will provide discovery, access and dissemination of environmental data collected as part of the NERC Arctic Research Programme. These portals will build on an existing in-house system that is based on Laravel 5 and PostgreSQL.


Degree or higher in a numerate subject area or relevant work experience


- Work with the BAS Web and Applications team and the wider BAS Information Services group to deliver web-based systems to access, visualise and deliver environmental datasets.
- Develop access to existing internal and external data sources using appropriate tools. This will require liaising with BAS data managers and external data holders as well as end-users.
- Report progress and communicate issues to the project lead.
- Respond to end-user requests and feedback.
- Produce clear and detailed system documentation.
- To undertake other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/jobs

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 123/16
Closing date for receipt of application forms is 3rd January 2017
Interviews are scheduled to be held on w/c 23rd January 2017
Proposed start date: 1st Feb 2017

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

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