Research Associate - Spatial Analyst

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Fixed Term (3 years)

NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council - is the UK’s leading public funder of environmental science.

We invest more than £330m every year in world-leading research, training and innovation, designed to help us sustain and benefit from our natural resources, predict and respond to natural hazards and understand environmental change. We work closely with policymakers and industry to make sure our knowledge supports wellbeing and delivers innovation and growth with responsible environmental management.

The NERC Research Associates' Programme is an initiative which is intended to offer individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

The programme is aimed particularly at those who have recently completed postgraduate studies, but is open to individuals from other backgrounds and of all ages. Individuals will work on highly topical research projects, both important for future research within the environmental research community and appropriate to their backgrounds. Research Associates are given specific, measurable objectives which will be intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

We are seeking a suitable applicant with good relational database and GIS skills who would be keen to exploit training opportunities in novel approaches to integrated spatial data analysis and statistical techniques. You will be the primary data specialist embedded in a large team delivering an exciting new programme to monitor the environment in Wales involving 18 organisations.

You will be responsible for spatial data interrogation and analysis, the creation of automated data processing and analysis scripts and further development of an existing bespoke data processing library.

It is essential that you have a a post-graduate degree in GIS or spatial data management or equivalent experience as well as experience with RDBMS (spatial) databases including knowledge of SQL. A PhD is desirable but not essential.

You will have knowledge of spatial data analysis techniques and the ability to process and analyse data in a robust and reproducible manner using Python or R to enable automation of key processing steps.

An aptitude for learning new technologies and techniques for analysing, processing and disseminating environmental data is also essential.

What we offer

NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holidays per annum. 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 work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit.

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at 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. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC244590.

Closing date: 10th April 2018
Interview date: 1st May 2018

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