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Research Associate, Data Scientist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - Environmental Data Science Group

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £28,200 to £30,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 30th October 2018
Job Ref: IRC246970

Full time

Fixed term (3 years)

About Us

The Natural and Environmental 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.


In addition 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.

About the role

This post will contribute to development of new data science capabilities supporting environmental scientists to detect environmental change and understand underlying process. This data science research and development will take place within multidisciplinary research teams across CEH and with close links to the Lancaster Data Science Institute (

The post will sit within the Environmental Data Science group at CEH Lancaster. The group has strong skills in developing tools and techniques for data management, integration and analysis to support environmental science and lead operation of the NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.

As a CEH Research Associate, you would have 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.

Main duties:

  • to research and develop data science tools and techniques especially for data interoperability and integrated analysis e.g. for heterogeneous data from integrated environmental monitoring and modelling activities
  • to develop informatics capabilities to support CEH Science e.g. using big data analytics
  • to collaborate with other NERC data centres and other external groups on data infrastructures, standards, techniques, methods and tools
  • to collaborate with researchers within data intensive projects to produce new and innovative methods and tools for environmental science.

About you

You will have a degree level qualification (2.1 minimum) in a computational and/or numerical science discipline and either a PhD or MSc and post-degree experience in automated data systems development.

You must have knowledge and demonstrable skills in design and development of automated data synthesis and analysis pipelines, preferably within scientific research, whilst also being able to work effectively within an informatics team and communicate technical concepts to environmental scientists.

You should have the ability to initiate new ideas and collaborations with scientists to address environmental data science requirements and be able to work independently to meet project targets and deadlines.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to use an application form outlining their suitability for this role, this can be found on the link below.

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 30th October 2018.

Interviews will be held on the 19th November 2018.

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