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Scientific Programmer and Data Manager

University of Reading - School of Archaeology Geography & Environmental Science

Location: Reading
Salary: £32,348 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st February 2023
Closes: 28th February 2023
Job Ref: SRF43725
 

Scientific programmer and database manager to work as part of a dynamic team studying land-atmosphere interactions in the past, present and future.

The post-holder will be employed as Scientific Programmer and Data Manager within the SPECIAL research group at the University of Reading and as part of the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society. The post involves providing programming and database support for a small research team, including the management of data and model resources and implementation of appropriate quality control procedures. The post-holder will assist in obtaining data from external sources, the design and creation of databases, developing and running codes for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, running complex model simulations, and analyses of palaeodata and model simulations, and will have the opportunity to participate in the scientific dissemination and publication activities of the research team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Academic qualifications in Quaternary science, geography, ecology, environmental physics or a related subject at least to MSc/MA level;
  • High-level of programming skills, including extensive experience with R, Fortran, and Python;
  • Hands-on experience of designing and using relational databases (MySQL; ACCESS);
  • Analytical skills, including experience in statistical analyses and mapping;
  • An interest in climate change, terrestrial palaeoenvironments, and fire;
  • Previous experience of working in a research environment;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate with non-specialists;
  • Good organisation skills and self-motivation coupled with the ability to work as part of a team

Interview date to be confirmed

Informal contact details

Contact role: Supervisor
Contact name: Sandy P. Harrison
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 5258
Contact email: s.p.harrison@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:Project manager, Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society
Contact name: Adriana Ford
Contact email: a.ford@imperial.ac.uk

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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