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Data Scientist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - UKRI - NERC

Location: Oxford, Wallingford
Salary: £22,000 to £25,000 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 26th August 2018
Job Ref: IRC246051

Fixed-term for 3 years.

About Us

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI 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.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of NERC and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. The CEH Research Associates’ programme provides individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring - through a structured 3 year programme - specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

About the role

Are you interested in developing data science skills and using these to improve our understanding of the environment?

We are seeking a numerically literate graduate with an interest in data, computing, and other technology to train with us as an environmental data scientist. You will work on a range of water resources science projects addressing environmental issues in the UK and overseas.

You will undergo an extensive training programme and undertake project work to help develop systems for producing environmental information from sensors measuring in the field and existing monitoring data. Such work underpins CEH’s water resources science and, by making data available over the web to a range of end users, supports the UK and global science community. The main focus will initially be on the development and maintenance of the COSMOS-UK soil moisture monitoring data systems and the new COSMOS-India network, as well as derivation of UK rainfall datasets to underpin hydrological modelling.

You will develop skills in programming, analysis, and hydrological science, and apply these in setting up and managing systems for handling data, integrating data with Earth Observation products, and assisting scientists in a wide range of disciplines to analyse the data.

About you

You will be degree level qualified to at least 2.1 level, ideally within a scientific or numerate subject with some element/modules of computing.

It is essential that you have an interest in informatics and its use within environmental sciences and some knowledge of and interest in hydrological science.

An understanding of best practice in IT and data management and good communication and teamwork skills are required for the role.

What we offer

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.

How to Apply

This role would not be able to sponsor an individual who requires a visa. To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 26th August 2018.

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