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Geospatial Technician

The University of Edinburgh - Information Services Group - EDINA

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,982 to £38,205 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th June 2024
Closes: 2nd July 2024
Job Ref: 10628

Full-time: 35 hours per week  

Open-ended: permanent

Are you a GIS technician/data engineer, looking to work for an organisation renowned for its education technology services? 

EDINA at The University of Edinburgh is looking for a geospatial technician/data engineer to support, maintain and develop their award winning Digimap®, Digimap for Schools and other geospatial services and projects.

The individual will join at an exciting time, as EDINA expands their geospatial services with new data products as well as working closely with key industry partners’ data from Ordnance Survey, British Geology Survey, Oceanwise and Getmapping Ltd amongst others.

Ideally you will have a degree in a geospatial science or related discipline, expertise with using a range of GIS applications, database skills and practical experience of handling and processing a range of different geospatial data types and data.

This role reports to the team leader for Geospatial Data in EDINA’s Technical Operations team and offers a salary of £32,982- £38,205 pa, (DOE).  EDINA has a hybrid-working pattern, with the successful candidate working on-campus in Edinburgh at least one day per week.  

Full-time (35hrs pw) working hours are preferred, flexible working would be considered. 

This role offers excellent benefits:

  • Working within a organisation, supporting and developing established services for schools, colleges and universities.
  • Generous leave of 40 days per year (including festive closure days). 
  • Highly competitive defined-benefit pension with a substantial employer contribution. 
  • Flexible working options to help you prioritise work/life balance. 
  • A day of paid leave annually for your chosen volunteering activity.
  • Access to excellent training, CPD and sector-specific networking opportunities.  
  • Varied staff discounts, and family-friendly initiatives 

Use our reward calculator to find the total value of pay and benefits for this role. 

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Performing a range of data investigation, preparation, loading and processing tasks. Including determining data loading requirements, creating scripts for loading data into databases both geo-spatial and statistical, undertaking the load. Quality controlling both the process and loaded data. Conduct data processing tasks for new and existing services, including data conversion between different formats and updating service data. (Approx 50% of time)
  • Undertaking a range of data management tasks including metadata creation, quality control, assist in writing technical documentation covering data and data processing and quality assurance. (Approx 25% of time)
  • Creation of new derived datasets from existing source data, including creating appropriate documentation and quality assurance. (Approx 10% of time)
  • Investigate new methods of data delivery and data visualisation. (Approx 10% of time)
  • Supporting the work of EDINA by providing GIS skills and knowledge in both desktop and server environments. Production of sample maps and data for presentations and promotion and assisting the Services team in investigating reported data issues from the online services. (Approx 5% of time).
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